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Old 01-04-2021, 06:53 PM
Harrinad Harrinad is offline
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1980 J10 4.2 Radiator

I realized something was wrong when my Jeep was leaking more coolant than oil so I will be replacing my radiator. I am keeping everything more or less stock so I dont need anything fancy. That said, I cant seem to find any radiators anywhere that arent stupid expensive. Has anybody found a good option?
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Old 01-04-2021, 07:03 PM
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There is still a radiator shop here that does re-cores and repairs, and I live in a small town. I have never bought a new radiator, ever.

I realize yours can be too far gone, but might be worth looking into repair first.
Cliff Danley
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:40 AM
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The 258 radiator is a different size from the V8 radiators, and may be hard to find. The core support only fits the six cylinder size radiator.

When I repaired the radiator in my J10, I took it to an actual radiator shop and they replaced the core. There is a company in Maine that makes the cores, and the box with the core was labeled "Utility Truck" so the six cylinder J-trucks appear to have the same size radiator as the Willys Utility Trucks.

This was maybe a decade ago, and it was ca $300 IIRC. I'm sure it will be quite a bit more now. Most "radiator shops" do not actually work on radiators today, only R&R commodity radiators. You will need to search for a shop. Ask your local car clubs if you can't find a shop in your area.
Tim Reese
Maine beekeeper's truck: '77 J10 LWB, 258/T15/D20/3.54 bone stock, low options (delete radio), PS, hubcaps.
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Old 01-05-2021, 05:11 PM
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Couple years ago my nephew poked a hole in his when we were rebuilding the engine.
He ordered one from Autozone it was brass/copper and ~$230.

He said it was the only parts store that could get one.
Small town all they have is AZ/Napa/oreillys.
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