||Just wondered, has anyone fitted a second-hand fan from a brakers yard and if so from which car. The grill is off at the moment for painting so it seems a good time to fit a fan.
||I put in an additional fan from a 99 left of the mechanical fan. This was ± 15 years ago and fan technology improved since then. The expansion bottle was removed for this. As the left side of the fan was not behind the rad the extra cooling capacity was not as high as could be but it still made a difference. I have seen Ford Escort fans that looked quite slim, may be an easier fit.
||You are better getting a Pacet fan 10 - 11" with the thermal switch. Try a second hand motorsport dealer. I got mine from Jason Leapley.
||what's so bad about the original fan that everybody want's to put in an electric?
||I didnt have a problem on my std road car even in hot conditions, but an electric fan does have benefits like quicker warm up time.
||I think a lot of people have trouble with overheating due to (partially) clogged rads and poorly bled systems, and the best thing to start with is a recore. I had no end of hassle with one of mine, but I was a skint student and couldn't afford a new one. I think it was the radweld I put in to fix a small leak that really did for it...