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Technical Old Walker Radiator

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Pewsplace, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Pewsplace
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    I just had my Walker radiator gone through by an excellent radiator shop and because it was built
    in 1986 I wonder if I shouldn't purchase a new one with a more modern core. Mine is a 5 core and has always worked fine with a high horsepower engine. New radiators from walker run $1000 for the A/C one so I thought I would save some money by reconditioning this one. The radiator shop told me this one will work fine but I would like some opinions from the members. Thanks!
     
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  2. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
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    from Wa.St.

    There is more to a radiator than just the core, check for stress cracks in top & bottom tanks.................................
     
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  3. Johnboy34
    Joined: Jul 12, 2011
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    from Seattle,Wa

    The original radiator in my ot 85 3/4 ton Jimmy is still working fine.
     
  4. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
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    Looks like you already answered your own question - an excellent radiator shop said what you have will work fine.
    I'd run it and either put the money saved into the car a different way or buy something nice for your better half.
     
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  5. Your radiator man will tell you is there is any problems,there are a lot of cars running around with 85 year old radiators,the copper/brass are easy to repair. HRP
     
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  6. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Thanks, I am going to give it a try. The radiator man said the tanks were perfect as was the core. I may say an extra prayer before driving the freeways.
     
  7. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
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    Trust the quality of Walker and the reputable radiator shop. It's "traditional" to recondition a radiator (and other pats) and not do the modern day process of replacing everything with new parts.
    It'll probably be fine. Just keep a close eye on it during the first couple hundred miles.
     
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  8. My radiator on my 56 Buick Station wagon was totally clogged .I took in to a tiny shop in town and the guy cleaned it out for $50. Never over heated or leaked.Bruce.
     
  9. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
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    Mine is a Walker 5 core and I've had the top tank fixed; I put a fan into it;had that fixed and it still works great. My radiator man told me never to get rid of it.I'll never get a new one as good as this one.
    Years ago I sent one back to Walker for a rebuild and they did it for free and actually paid to ship it back to me. Good people and good equipment.
     
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