Proform’s Decked-Out Digital Variable Speed Fan Controller


The Big Three’s foray into widespread electric cooling fan usage flared in the 1980s with many passenger cars utilizing 12-volt motored units to replace outdated and inefficient crankshaft-spun air movers. Pickup trucks slowly followed suit to the point where most every new passenger vehicle on a given dealership’s lot nowadays is nearly guaranteed to have at least one electric radiator fan.

Savings by way of horsepower and fuel mileage have made electric fans a no-brainer for the OEMs, but they’re also a slam-dunk for muscle cars that are in bad need of both. Proform is out to make the conversion as easy as possible with their all new, 2nd generation digital variable speed electric fan controller.

Capable of commanding one or two fans, this unit’s digital display makes for an easy and versatile setup. Part of the kit is a temperature probe that feeds a signal back to the controller to not only trigger when the fan or fans turn on, but also to slowly ramp up fan RPM so as not to jolt the entire electrical system.

A billet aluminum housing holds upgraded electronics that can handle up to a 60A total load. The digital display can show live amp draw and, if an overload or short circuit is sensed, it’ll trip itself out before causing widespread damage. Added functionality comes via an optional manual override switch, an air conditioning trigger, and a wire for a warning light. Installation is simple with an efficient two-page manual leading the way to cool, care-free cruising.

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Kent Will

Kent Will

News Editor Kent grew up in the shop with his old man and his '70 Charger R/T. His first car was a 1969 Super Bee project when Kent was fourteen. That restoration experience lead to pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in manufacturing. Since then, the garage has expanded to include a '67 Satellite, a '72 Scamp, and a 2010 Mopar '10 Challenger.

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