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Hot Rods Chinese Aluminum Radiator Rant..

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by loveoftiki, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. 8DB14B82-4ED2-4243-9831-5C8CB969C252.jpeg 1D196649-EEBD-4188-AC7A-F3F921D58FD3.jpeg C04ED104-DE58-40D7-B163-993C62551CE2.jpeg Well...when I hit the key to break in my motor I noticed a drip..yes the water pump needed to be tightened up a bit and I did..that leak stopped..but damn it...the Chinese “I love em..use em all the time” eBay Chinese radiator has a leak at the bottom, where the core and the tank meet...also almost looks like a crack on the bottom

    so my old stock radiator was junk...this things a $125.00 Lesson in don’t buy junk...anyone got a favorite radiator they use..I was looking for a little extra cooling with this 3 core..I don’t think a stock radiator will keep my new set up cool..
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  2. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,073

    scrap metal 48

    Hard to tell but bottom tank looks damaged...
  3. Yeah, too many people are only looking for the best price, quality be damned. Got a guy in one of my clubs that loves 'em and if it goes bad 'just buy another' is his mantra.

    The problem is the makers of quality radiators lose sales volume so have to raise prices or move their supply chain offshore to stay in business, and we end up paying the price anyway...
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  4. They don't come any better than good old American made copper/brass radiators, Walker is my go to radiator but there are aftermarket copper/brass radiators available for older cars that will fit in the confines of earlier cars.

    The Walker radiator in my '32 Ford is now 33 years old, they are pricey but if you plan on hanging on to a car it pays for itself in the long run. HRP

  5. Never again will I buy a cheap shit radiator. Had to go thru two in my daily Ranger to get one that holds coolant. I’m not sure where to find quality replacements for late model stuff that is dealer obsolete, but Walker would be my first choice on vintage. Plus, they are in Memphis, next to Sun Studios, and if I have to go down there I can get BBQ!
    I was trying to save a couple of Sheckles on the last Farmall and bought a Chineseum one from ePay. That piece of shit fit like socks on a rooster. There is a quality outfit in Ireland called Clancy Radiator, and it fit like a glove! Top notch quality and it was less than a C-note higher than Chineseum.

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  6. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,738

    from New York

    You say that your purchase was "a lesson in don't buy_______ junk". You left out a word, "Chinese", junk.
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  7. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    I guess you found out how much quality is in a Chinese $125 radiator
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  8. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,853

    from illinois

    Clean that area with a small SS wire brush , denatured alcohol & do it again , twice , then hi-temp jb weld . mine leaked where the tubes enter the bulkheads in all 4 corners.... 15 years ago , hasn't leaked a drop since. I also added a bottle of bars leak when I put it back in the car , just a little insurance .
    Don't give up easy ..
    Manufacturers produce to a price point that is whatever the market will pay , no sense in blaming someone trying to make money ....
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2020
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  9. greenie-reddy
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 752

    from maryland

    The money you save will pay for your vaccine.
  10. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 460


    Fixed my aluminum radiator 12 years ago with epoxy still working.
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  11. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,302

    Atwater Mike

    Careful with the 'Chinese' knock, there is a strain of folks that will call you a 'racist', whether you street drag or not!
  12. No such thing, a quality radiator for $125.00.
  13. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    You shouldn't have to fix Chineses Shit.The Walker radiator in my 46 Ford convertible was in there 20 years and still going strong when i sold the car.
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  14. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 7,675


    Find a good old radiator shop in town, take them your old radiator and have them re core it (different types of cores to choose from) or learn to unsolder and solder the core yourself. If your trying to put higher pressure in a 40s down radiator with large flat faces go with an aftermarket (non aluminum) with ribs in it to cut down on the flexing of the tanks.

    my .02
  15. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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  16. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,774

    from Minnesota

    I have had success with Griffin.
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  17. outagas1961
    Joined: Jul 5, 2020
    Posts: 8


    its a crap shoot with the china stuff. put one in a dodge van dd when i hit a deer and ground up the original with the fan. didnt want to put much in repairs on that old war horse but used a cheapo e bay aluminum replacement and drove it for several years with no prob. till i got something newer
  18. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,863

    Staff Member

    I put a US radiator desert cooler radiator in my 61 Impala over 30 years ago and have had no issues and the 348 runs on the thermostat (180) all day long in all conditions
  19. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,159

    from NY

    Aluminum champion radiators in 6 cars so far, no issues over thousands of miles. Supposedly made in California, I will keep buying them.
  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,887


    I'd go along with the you get what you pay for. I've been watching a Brice Thomas radiator on Ebay to use with my flathead for a while now but I now have to figure what the flathead is going into and probably start over. Not cheap compared to the off shore ones but about half the cost of the Walkers, US made and made to order spec'd out the way you need them.

    Link to their Ebay store.
  21. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,577

    from Berry, AL

    Have had good luck with Champion myself.
  22. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,853

    from illinois

    One need only look at the massive number of recalls U.S. automakers tally up yearly to see what a bang up job they and their home grown work force have done on a consistent basis to realize your things are far from what they used to be . Aftermarket parts are no exception ..
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  23. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,857

    Corn Fed

    I have Walkers in my hot rods and an aluminum Champion in my '79 PU. Both are good brands.
  24. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 469


    No such thing as a Quality Camshaft for $65.00 either. I knew better, but I bought it. UPS delivered in fancy box........opened it and “MADE IN CHINA “ Wrote on the end. Opened trash bin and deposited it where it belongs.
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  25. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,147

    from Ks

    I've run three Champions, about $250 Never had an issue. Lippy
  26. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,853

    from illinois

    FWIW my radiator ,that I repaired with epoxy , was built by AFCO ,21 years ago in Indiana , I think that's a ways away from china IIRC..
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  27. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 469


    Yes, you are correct , we did it to ourselves. No further comment as it would be POLITICAL, not allowed and as it should be.
  28. shivasdad
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 553

    from Texas

    I had two Griffins in a row fail where the core was epoxied to the tank. Summit honored the warranty both times with money back the second failure. Kudos to Summit, but I won't try griffin again.
  29. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,277


    Champion Radiators are made in China.
    US Radiators are made in.......USA.
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  30. Brassworks, 100% top quality.
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