How about an article on the proper way to install an aluminum radiator? I spent $1100 on a radiator and dual fan shroud set up. It kept my GS cool out here in the desert for 5 years. I could cruise when it was 110+ degrees or hot lap it at Speedworld (RIP ) and it'd never get over 190 degrees. But it developed a leak and I was told electrolysis ate it up on the inside I checked the water before installing it, but I guess over the years it had slight ground issue somewhere that contributed to the radiators demise!
I know there is an sacrificial electrode you can buy,it hangs from the radiator cap, that will attract the electrolysis progress which will eat it instead of your radiator. You may have to ask BeCool or Walker or one of the other radiator companies for what business sells it.Of course, if you're running aluminum heads...same problem MIGHT come up even if not using an aluminum radiator...if the block ground strap isn't working. But I think it happens more often due to the greater area of the radiator compared to a cylinder head.
Just because you can't do it...doesn't mean its impossible
I know this has nothing to do with a radiator. But it has to do with how important grounding the engine can be. A friend of mine had a '66 Pontiac Lemans. The floor shifter would get to a point where he couldn't move it from park to reverse or drive, etc. He took it to the GM dealer and they replaced the shifter cable three different times. He called and asked if I could look at it. I must has gotten it at the right time. The shifter cable was Hot to touch. The hood straps were not making contact with the body of the car. So the electrical current took it shortest path, and went to the shifter. I made up a couple nice ground straps for the hood to the body, and replaced the stretched shifter cable and that corrected the problem. Electrolisis can damage many different components. Just thought I'd put in my two cents.Bob"NO RICE BURNERS ALLOWED"
mltdwn12I remember reading an article about the Navy's Floatila. The electrolysis problem they have is second to none. They even apply special paints to help slow the (as you stated) the melt down) process of the salt water eating the metals. Drivers go down and check the plates they use to help stop the electrolysis. They have problems even with the break-water gates that hold flood waters back. I had a 20' boat. Mercruiser put an aluminum plate by the out-drive. They even took precautions to help with the problem. I know people that keep their boats in a slip during the summer. Even in fresh water you can see electrolysis corrosion starting.Bob"NO RICE BURNERS ALLOWED"