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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by larry woods, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. larry woods
    Joined: Jan 20, 2010
    Posts: 566

    larry woods
    from venice fl

    i am about to put the third "zone" radiator in my 64 ranchero 260 over a 2 1/2 year period. what gives? this is the second to have top tank separate at solder joint. cheap solder/cheap labor? this is getting old!
  2. 42hotrod
    Joined: Nov 3, 2005
    Posts: 811

    from S.E. Idaho

    Are you sure its the radiators? If you have a pressure test guage you may want to see if it is building excessive pressure under driving conditions. I would also check the pressure rating of the radiator cap and test it. Sure seems odd that you are on the third radiator. I worked at a radiator shop for years and typically when you see failures like that there is more to it than bad solder.

  3. Mayor of G-Vegas
    Joined: Nov 10, 2010
    Posts: 507

    Mayor of G-Vegas

    Cheap period .... I would bet the orgins of that radiator is from the land of the rising sun aka CHINA. Get your money back and get you a good radiator. - Mayor
  4. larry woods
    Joined: Jan 20, 2010
    Posts: 566

    larry woods
    from venice fl

    was running 13 lb cap. don't have pressure gauge. will see if i can borrow one. thanx for the input and everyone have a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  5. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    I have not been having good luck with Autozone Duralast parts. In the past 6 months several power steering pumps have failed, two alternators, and disc brake pads that dust like crazy. One power steering pump lasted 15 minutes before it started to howl like the first one.:mad: The guy who runs a repair shop down from my shop said he used to run to Autozone at night when his regular supplier was closed and if it was an emergency, but he had so many comebacks he stopped doing that.

    I only go there for cleaning supplies and oil now. I never had these issues with Advance Auto Parts stuff, so I am going there now for those items.

  6. Japan is "The Land of the Rising Sun", not China.
    China is "The Land of Lead Based Products".
  7. Mayor of G-Vegas
    Joined: Nov 10, 2010
    Posts: 507

    Mayor of G-Vegas

    I stand corrected sir.... - Mayor
  8. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,191

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    A lot of the radiators out there are made in Thailand now. So-so quality. Not too many comebacks.
  9. nickles street chop shop
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 386

    nickles street chop shop
    from Edum Tejas

    I splurged and got myself a china made radiator. Got it from Shepard Auto. $135 shipped for a full alum. three row bolt in for my 62 belair. Didnt exspect too much from it, but so far its awesom. Some times you get luck with them forign parts.
  10. Fleetliner
    Joined: Aug 4, 2006
    Posts: 103

    from Oregon

    How is your heater core holding up? You could have an electrolosis issue. That problem should also take out the heater core. If not then it could be just bad quality radiators.
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,510

    Jalopy Joker

    cheapo radiators are glued, not soldered - especially aluminum ones.
  12. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,578

    from Phoenix,AZ

  13. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,027

    from wareham,ma

    Are you mounting them on new rubber pads? they get hard after years and loose their cushion.
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,254


    Iam trying a O'really's in the Galaxie . Let ya know .
  15. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    I won't buy the shit they are selling there ! It's really cheap crap and not worth the work to install the parts either . it's nice when the give you a guarantee BUT if you have to keep re[placing the parts , what happens to your profit and customers ? You LOOSE BOTH !

    I have bought a couple radiators from this place on ebay and have been very nice quality and no problems at all .Couldn't be happier with them either !
    Check them put . It's a 4 row alum for about $240 . They have cheaper ones too .
    Just a thought .

    Retro Jim

  16. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,321



    dont you have any real radiator shops around town anymore?
  17. fastroadster
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
    Posts: 112


    You can thank the EPA!!!
  18. From what I've read, you want to avoid Dunnalast parts if possible, they're cheap because they're cheaply made or reconditioned.
  19. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    I would be quite pleased of Autozone stocked parts for my project, but the hidden blessing I suppose is that the don't, and never will.

    When I tell my local parts counter what I need, I just get a glazed dumbfounded look on their faces.

    Return the radiator - it's totally unacceptable to pay ANY money for substandard (and unsafe) parts.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  20. RussK
    Joined: Sep 19, 2010
    Posts: 119

    from Atlanta Ga

    At our shop we never use autozone parts , they don’t last at all
    Don’t make money if we have to redo it every 3 months
  21. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,304

    from MB, SC

    My dad was in the business for 25 years. They all have gone to crap. You used to carry Modine. Jap Crap sucks, China, Taiwan, etc. Spend more on quality
  22. bbr
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 150

    from Missouri

    autozone is partial owned by walmart....does that explain anything??
  23. 59KUSTOM
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 912


    I've said before & I'll say it again, AutoZone parts are crap! There's a reason professional repair shops don't buy from them; they don't want to do the job over again, for free! I've been in the business for 24 years & I'm glad there's an AutoZone in the town my store's in. They make us look good everyday!
  24. there's so many options to getting crap from China...Brass Works is a HAMB alliance member making first class products...a few bucks more, but made by Americans for American Cars!
  25. bobscogin
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,761


    They should put some of that lead in the solder they're using to install the top tank on that radiator. :D


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