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the radiator wont drain? sounds like a blockage if i ever heard one (unless you just didnt pull the drain plug on the radiator). use a water hose and try to flush the blockage out. you may need the hose to build up pressure. i would try flushing from the bottom radiator hose since its the opposite of the coolant flow. if it doesnt work, Radiator is gonna need to replaced.
at first i was gonna say the collant system probably wasnt bleed completely of air when you had it towed, but the radiator not draining is a good indictor that its the radiator.
just my .02 cents. while everything is apart i would get a lower degree thermostat, aluminum housing (if not already equipped), two bottles of water wetter, possible a small pull fan depending on the climate, and ditch that fan clutch.
That thing is a ticking time bomb and once i replaced my radiator i had to replace every hose and splice all the wires even near the clutch fan since it disintergrated and shrapneled my entire engine bay while at 4k rpms.
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