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  1. slant6billy

    slant6billy Well-Known Member

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    There is a local Radiator shop not far from me. Today I stopped in. These guys do industrial stuff. Brass, Copper & Aluminum. So as I still fight my overtemp issue, I asked about a 22inch radiator, since most are 26. They had in stock a 22 inch down flow with the trans cooler, center top fill cap and the overflow tube is pointed towards the passenger side. Only issue: it is top pass inlet and lower pass out let- so new rad hoses, No kidding, really! It is an aluminum 3 core that was ordered and never bought. They are asking $229 for it which seems far by comparison to some of the the online ones I've seen.

    So a 3 core Aluminum for for $229? OK, it is not copper brass, but the weight difference (less with aluminum) and 3 core may be the ticket. I have to wait until next payday, so 2 weeks to think about it.


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    Joe12459 Well-Known Member

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    I run a 4 core aluminum down flow in my Roadrunner, big block bored .060 over, 11.7 compression, and it runs cool, even with the AC on. $229.00 sounds like a good deal to me.
     
  3. slant6billy

    slant6billy Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking so and the shop is very good by their quality and customer satisfaction. So It is not some guy online somewhere else in the world.
     
  4. Aspen500

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    Aluminum is not only lighter but because they can make the core different than copper (more efficient) they also transfer heat much better. Something to do with the size and shape of the tubes....................Plus, I've never seen an aluminum core corrode away like copper ones can. Although that's almost always caused by winter road salt so, not a concern for most of our cars.
     
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    moreada Well-Known Member

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    Interesting thread and comments. When I seek my Mirada replacement rad out, should I look for Aluminium over Copper and Brass too?
     
  6. Captain Caravelle

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    I went with a copper and brass in my Fifth but it's bone stock. No issues at all.
     
  7. Aspen500

    Aspen500 Well-Known Member

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    Here ya go. A short article on the advantages of aluminum vs copper.

    http://www.alumorad.com/about-all-aluminum-radiators1.html

    Being an auto tech, I can say that despite what you'd think, the plastic tank ones are just fine. The early plastic/aluminum had problems with cracking tanks and failure of the rubber seal between the tank and core. The manufactures have solved both those problems. Years ago we replaced the plastic tank radiators all the time but in the last few years it is rare for a radiator to leak. Most times they leak from physical damage. Just one guys observation anyways.

    Of course, most aftermarket radiators made to fit our cars have welded aluminum tanks so the plastic thing is a moot point.
     
  8. slant6billy

    slant6billy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the article. Now I'm in that wait period for my cash. I'm just strict on any purchase any more. No cash - no buy. Made a promise to myself not to whip out the credit card every time I see stuff for the car. Otherwise, I'd have a 1000 hp and 50 grand in credit card debt. Torture- just plain torture.
     
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    Aspen500 Well-Known Member

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    Right there with you on that one! The single most major reason it took me over 10 years to build my car. Refused to do it with credit. I mean, I used my VISA for on-line purchases of course BUT,,,, only as much per month as I could pay when the statement came.
     
  10. slant6billy

    slant6billy Well-Known Member

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    Got it $229 with tax. 1 year warranty. Just need to source an E body top hose and cut it down

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    Wow ,would that look good in the engine bay. I'd say that's a fair price, and that's new not a used rad re-cored.