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Old 09-02-2010, 10:28 AM
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Radiators...

I gave up looking for local shops to repair my old brass/copper radiators and took the plunge on an Ebay vendor selling the Silla, Chinese-imported, all-aluminum radiators. It arrived the other day in a pristine box but was racked when built - if you laid it on your kitchen table (as I did), one corner was a full one inch off the table. It wasn't damaged in shipment but built that way. So, it's going back and a replacement is coming. I'll advise on how that goes...

The local repair shops are a dying breed with plastic tanks now being commonplace on radiators. I used to have a bunch of places to go but the closest guy is 30 miles away!
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:12 AM
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It wasn't necessarily built that way, if it was the next one could likely have the same problem. They're easy to twist or warp just by not being very careful how you lay them on a perfectly flat surface. I've straightened them with my hands by twisting them back into straight.
Believe me, when our Jeeps are doing some 4 wheeling you're putting the radiator through just as much twisting and warping.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:17 AM
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i like radiators.com
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:15 PM
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I've ordered from this company before. Very fast shipping.

http://www.radiatorexpress.com/part_lookup.asp
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:17 PM
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Someone on here did a write up on installing one of those ebay aluminum radiators...FSJGuy...I think?

I found the same thing here in Northern VA though...there just aren't many radiator shops around anymore. I did manage to find one though...who fixed one up for me.

Everything is freakin disposable these days
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:20 PM
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I know it's not cheap, but it looks like it'd fit:

Raceway Radiators
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:28 PM
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They also had stuff to me the next morning in most cases.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:47 PM
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I gave up looking for local shops to repair my old brass/copper radiators and took the plunge on an Ebay vendor selling the Silla, Chinese-imported, all-aluminum radiators. It arrived the other day in a pristine box but was racked when built - if you laid it on your kitchen table (as I did), one corner was a full one inch off the table. It wasn't damaged in shipment but built that way. So, it's going back and a replacement is coming. I'll advise on how that goes...

The local repair shops are a dying breed with plastic tanks now being commonplace on radiators. I used to have a bunch of places to go but the closest guy is 30 miles away!

Which seller did you buy it from on eBay?
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:03 PM
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Copper has a lot better thermal conductivity than Alum.
I got a radiator from radiators.com and it was great.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:52 PM
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There are several threads on here very recently that were about radiators and they were the flea bay aluminum that had great shipping and the product was quality with simple, straight forward installation meant for our rigs. Somebody said they thought it'd fit. Why take a chance? The flea bay aluminum does fit and there are the BJ aluminum radiators that for sure fit and are for our FSJs.

As far as old school radiators go it is a matter of finding a true shop that doesnt just do simplistic fixes and are there more to make a buck on getting you to buy a new one because "yours is too far gone". We have a shop here in town that has been here for some 40-50 years and they are a rock solid shop. I have had brass radiators rodded, re-cores done, the inlet/outlets repositioned, more rows added, you name it these guys are straight shooters.

Their shop is oin old town and for sure is older looking but their name is synonymous with quality and word of mouth is their main advertising. THIS is the type of shop you hope to find. Sometimes you need to go the extra mile to find a shop that will do that and more for you.

Good hunting!!
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:06 PM
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I was just struck by the random idea of electroplating gold onto both the inside and outside of a radiator... Gold is very thermally conductive and a noble metal which would make the radiator last forever compared to regular types of metal considering that your radiator is constantly exposed to a corrosive agent (water)... I wonder how exspensive this would be. I am thinking not to exspensive since I have both the gold and the electroplating machine at work (although I would have to pay for the gold I doubt that it would take very much).
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:05 AM
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Which seller did you buy it from on eBay?

Coolautopart was the vendor. The FedEx guys just came to pick up the defective radiator (no charge to ship) and another will be shipped once they receive it. They've been good to deal with so far. I just hope they peek in the box of the replacement.

As for shops that repair, I used to have a bunch locally - just radiators. They've all closed up. I have two brass or copper spares that I may choose to get fixed but now, I'll have time on my side and can handle that at my leisure.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:08 PM
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They also had stuff to me the next morning in most cases.

radiators.com

The next day or the same day in metro areas.

As for radiator repairs, check the yellow pages, the old mom and pop stores do not have websites. Here the local guy retired a few years back, but his shop is still in operation a few days a week, and the prices are very good too.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:29 PM
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my top tank is leaking at the tank seam. In dallas we used to have a nice shop in carrollton that did it the old fashion way
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:46 PM
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You can buy the none name stamped griffin radiators from a local shop they are 185 for Chevrolet and I think 200 for ford dodge or jeep. I had one of the Chevrolet radiators in a 68 C10 with a well warmed over 496 stroker, a really loose 3500 stall and a 4.10 12 bolt and it never saw the 190 degree mark on the temp hand!
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:12 PM
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my top tank is leaking at the tank seam. In dallas we used to have a nice shop in carrollton that did it the old fashion way


Keep looking for a good shop. IF you cant find a shop with a good rep or they just wanna sell you a new one you can always try to find somebody who is or has a friend who is a plumber and does copper and brass pipe sweating. Somebody with a decent amount of skill with old school pipe will sometimes feel comfortable in sweating your brass radiator. A shot in the dark, but it has worked before.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:14 PM
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I just ordered one from Advance. $212 w/ my discount. I called an old rad shop I went to years ago. Red told me that rads that old should be replaced as they aren't supposed to last more than 5 years!!!! I was wth?????? I asked how he could say that as I could not believe it. He said , "well we *could* take a look at it". I said "it's split across the top seam. Clean it and solder it. What's the issue?" He quoted me one @ $320!!!
When I talked to my friend atAdvance he told me that Red has seemed to go down hill in the past few years. It's a shame. I remember going there with my uncle as a child in the early 80s
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:25 PM
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Just a little follow-up...

I requested and received a replacement radiator for the one first sent to me - it was damaged in transit with two vertical core members bent from a dinger on the side of the core. I'm waiting for the return form as they will not ship a new unit without the defective one being returned first. I tried to discuss that one but no soap. So, if the third one arrives and it is the charm, I'll be good but so far, it's been a couple weeks of this and it's getting tired.

Maybe look elsewhere than 'coolautoparts' for a radiator...
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I ordered the one from BJs Off Road.

Frank[ly], it fit perfectly and cooled my Hi Po engine very well.

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I got mine from OscarsRads, IIRC.

When I recently pulled it to prep for my 401 install, the overflow nipple broke off. $20 later and the radiator shop had it repaired.
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