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Aftermarket radiator companies

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Scott De Shields, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Scott De Shields
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 164

    Scott De Shields

    Trying to find someone that builds a new radiator for a 1955 Oldsmobile. Costs of used radiators with shipping seems high for something that could be a pig in a polk. Plenty of vintage Chevy and Ford radiators being built but no early Olds. Anyone got some good sources?
  2. Malarkey_BS 13
    Joined: Dec 8, 2012
    Posts: 108

    Malarkey_BS 13
    from Chicago

    Personally ide go to one of those small radiator shops you find in most of the industrial areas out in CA if you already have a radi. Most of them should be able to re-core it(my personal favorite) or even dip it if its not in too bad of shape to seal it up. It usually costs cents on the dollar to do that, rather than buying a brand new one which will rip your wallet pocket right off your pants, or fitting one from another make/model they never seem to mount up right, unless you have a cutting wheel, sheet metal, a welder and lots of beer.....
  3. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,969

    Staff Member

    Why not take yours and get it re-cored ?
  4. jcapps
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 473

    from SoCal

    US Radiator in LA has always been great with for me. Tell Alex I sent you, he is really a plus to the hot rod world

  5. Scott De Shields
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 164

    Scott De Shields

    I tried US Radiator and they said they could recore my old core except my car did not have one when I bought it. They would need measurements,
  6. 54 Chevy
    Joined: Sep 4, 2010
    Posts: 361

    54 Chevy

    Call Walker Radiator in Memphis TN. They make great radiators and my be able to help you.
  7. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    If you go to any radiator shop they have a catalog from companies like Modine, who make radiators. In it there are dimensions and drawings of each radiator, with specific information about where the necks and fill are located. When I swapped the 5.0 engine into my Jeep pickup I sat and looked through one such book and found a perfect radiator for my needs. The book also show what the radiator was designed for, so you might even find one from your vehicle or at least find out how big yours was originally so you can find a comparable one.

    It usually ends up cheaper than having a custom one built.

  8. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,307

    from Quincy, IL

    I am very happy with U S. Radiator..........I needed one for a friends F-1,
    they quoted price and delivery date and met their promise perfectly.

  9. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650


    u.s. radiator in vernon ca.
  10. Agree with the re-core route as stated above

  11. dirt slinger
    Joined: Jan 30, 2010
    Posts: 645

    dirt slinger

    I just ordered one from Brice Thomas radiator. Very good service and they specialize in making whatever you want. They are in Gadsden, Alabama.

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  12. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 6,032

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I use CARS, Custom Auto Radiator Service, here in NJ. They can build a radiator completley from scratch, including brackets. They will do it in any type of core, and number of cores, with or without trans coolers, bungs, condensors, exactly the way you want it.
    Been using them for many years, for many projects.
  13. mustangmike6996
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 147

    from the D


    I would say to use these guys. dont know what shipping will run you. they built me an aluminum rad. they do all kinds of custom work.
  15. Had my 53 Chevy rebuilt by local shop, looks new, works great and plus keeps the same factory stampings on the header. $425.00, no shipping, no shipping damage. And, old established radiator shops that are usually run by the owner can give you good advice along with stories of all the cool stuff he's had come through his shop. Support you community, shop local, keep it American!
  16. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,259


    54 Chevy has it right. Walkers an exact fit, do the job and last. They are pricey but worth it. My 46 Ford Convertible has a Walker in it for over 15 years and still going strong. When it comes to brakes, steering and cooling I buy the best.
  17. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    Try Mattson's Custom Radiator. They can build you anything you want and they do excellent work.

    7582 Industrial Way
    Unit D
    Stanton Ca, 90680
    (866) 435-6477
  18. Old Dude
    Joined: May 12, 2006
    Posts: 193

    Old Dude

    From my understanding, General Motors made Buick, Olds, & Pont. They should have the same measurements ! If you could find one, would be the best way to go. then have it recored, by a radiator shop. Back in the day, it was the only way TWO BE COOL ! Measure it, or find a Old G M Mechanic book, for more help.
  19. 35ChevSedan
    Joined: Jul 2, 2010
    Posts: 32


    X2 for Brice Thomas - I sent them a diagram of what I wanted, and they made it exactly. Very pleased with the service
  20. BobMcD
    Joined: Jan 25, 2013
    Posts: 322


    X2 for Mattsons

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