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Old 12-30-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default low cost radiator?

what do people do for low cost radiators? I know I'm not the only cheap ass here but what do people do? I'm looking for one to go behind a 34 ford grill shell with a v8. Everything I see is 500 and up is there any hope to save a couple bucks?
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: low cost radiator?

Junkyard.find something close to the size you want and make it fit.a lot of use scrounge for used parts and adapt it
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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Find something close in the junkyard (or your neighbor's car) then order a new one for that model from 1-800-Radiator or NAPA, etc. Lots of late model stuff that you can find in the $100-200 range. I needed to do this with a slightly O/T pickup and found that a 70's Jeep radiator worked with almost no mods, available same day from NAPA for just over $200.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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Check the first generation Mustang rad for size.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:02 PM   #5
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Default Re: low cost radiator?

You are right, a radiator can be a major hit to the wallet, and ones for our hot rods seem way more expensive than ones for a daily driver. One way to look at it is that a good radiator is an investment in troublefree driving for years and years, and if you spread the cost out over those years it makes it easier to swallow.

The radiator in my 27 just turned 25 years old, and was built by the Brassworks. I really had to scrimp and save as it cost me $700 even back then, but divided by 25 that isn't such a bad deal. Yes, I have had a few leaks repaired in those 25 years, but that is mainly because it shakes itself to death on the front of my car.

But there are some more reasonably priced radiators out there, especially in aluminum, and if you shop around (and get one with welded seams as opposed to epoxied seams) you can save some money and get a good one. I am thinking about one of the Ebay radiators for my rpu project, simply because I don't have the expendible income I once had to spend.

There is nothing worse than having a hot rod or custom that overheats. I have had cars where you have to watch the temp gauge constantly and you pray you don't get tied up in traffic on a hot day. That takes the fun out of it real quick, and makes it so you don't want to drive the car.

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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You have to look at it this way,do you want it look right and function like it should or just be cheap. Personally I think radiators that are not made for the grille shell look horrible and take away from the look of the vehicle if its fenderless and no hood.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #7
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I get mine from junkyards, buddies swapouts, etc. my fordor cost me 45. Thats what it cost to have it cleaned inspected and a few repairs
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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Check the first generation Mustang rad for size.
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...301_0237448267
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:15 PM   #9
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I want cheap cost not cheap radiator. I will spend the money if I have to but I was hoping there was something I didn't know. Have not bought one years so I didn't know if I was missing out somewhere.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:22 PM   #10
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unkl good call I'll have to check the size that my work
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:23 PM   #11
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Wink Re: low cost radiator?

I ordered a Chinese elcheepo from fle-bag...all fully welded...will find out here the end of the week if it can cool my 327....looks to be the same quality of the ones i was ordering for the circle track car from Speedway...side note is it said Summit corp on the side of the box....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-3-ROWS-6...fe4510&vxp=mtr

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:23 PM   #12
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You get what you pay for.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:25 PM   #13
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I bit the bullet and had a correct radiator built for my 37,it will sit in traffic all day long and not get hot and does not look like its cobbled up. I did have it built years ago and the prices have gone way up since but at the time I thought I spent a fortune,when it comes to the cooling system do it once and do it right. I only go cheap on my winter beaters that get replaced every few years.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:28 PM   #14
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I bought this one for my coupe, alum, stamped tanks, made in the U.S.A.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #15
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My coupe never reached 180* with 105* temps at 'Goodguys' Columbus with an aluminum cheapo crap radiator.. Less than $200 delivered to my door....
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #16
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Correction...the box says Summit Corp on the side....the link i posted is not the vendor i used but about the same thing...
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:34 PM   #17
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just bought a rad for my chevy from an ebay seller champion radiator. works well good price good service
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:40 PM   #18
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I bought an Ebay radiator for my 8BA engine. 269.00 delivered, very nice radiator, but you have to be very careful touching the fins. They are very soft.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:40 PM   #19
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Superior Radiator out of Mt. Clemens, MI 586-463-8722 Charlie the owner really knows his stuff.

All they do is make custom aluminium radiators. I've had 5 radiators built by them with no issues. I've been told they have an e-bay store but not sure. The last one I had built was last year at that time I paid $300. I know that he gets backed up from time to time but right now I know that things are slow being the time of year.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:47 PM   #20
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Default Re: low cost radiator?

We have used PRC a few times in the past for aluminum radiators and love the quality. If I can swing the money for this build I would love to use them again. Theirs seem to go in the $400 or so range.

My Son is running one in his rpu and although it is chopped quite a bit it keeps the 455 Olds cool in traffic even.

http://www.prcracing.com/about-prc.html

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