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where is the cheapest place to by a radiator for my 1966 200ci mustang?

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  1. robert_t_wallace
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    Just got to installing the radiator the PO bought (included in the trunk) for the Mustang I bought for my son and the radiator seems to be for a V8. Lower return on the wrong side. Its a shame as this was a brand new radiator. Now looking for the right one.. Don't have a ton of money to spend.. Where is the cheapest place to buy one
     
  2. manyolcars
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    You may get better answers from a Mustang forum. We are traditional hotrodders here
     
  3. Why not just swap the outlet?
     

  4. coolbreeze1340
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    from Indiana

    I bought one off of Evil bay for 99.00 plus shipping. Aluminum 3- core and it was a real nice unit. I didn't use it in a Mustang but it was the right size and outlet/inlet arrangement for my purpose.
     
  5. ryno
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  6. mixedupamx
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    x-2--- bought an alum. direct fit replacement off e bay couple years ago for my dodge van DD/beater after a run in with bambi's mom. fit perfect cools great no problems-under $100.00 including shipping= happy guy:D
     
  7. 49 Custom
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    Check with National Parts Depot. They have a catalog specifically for the Mustang and have offered multiple grades of radiators in the past. I wouldn't go cheap on a radiator as you will be buying one twice in no time at all. A three row should be fine for the 200.
     
  8. robert_t_wallace
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    is that something that one can do themself or does a radiator shop have to do it?
     
  9. robert_t_wallace
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    I would love to get out under $100, but can't find it. The cheapest I have now found is at Rockwood @ $132
     
  10. robert_t_wallace
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    I was hoping to get out under $200, but if that is what it is, will do it..
     
  11. robert_t_wallace
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    I did post there, but there are a lot of people here that have mustangs or are in the know. I have been a member here since buying my '31 Model A and have always enjoyed the quick responses here...
     
  12. 32ratsass
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    Any reputable radiator shop should be able to move the lower fitting to the correct position, for very little expense . Just find one in your area, and give 'em a call.
     
  13. Jalopy Joker
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    since you have been here a while then you would know that Ryan has a cut off year of '65 here. so, next time ask about your "65" Mustang. radiatorbarn,com $160.55 plus $9.95 shipping.
     
  14. robert_t_wallace
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    I just found that one... not bad price..
     
  15. pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    Auto Zone, O'Reilly's, CarQuest, NAPA,all seem to be competitive with each other.

    A local radiator shop should be able to modify the new rad you have for well less than $100, the last one we had done cost $45 to move the radiator inlet.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012
  16. robert_t_wallace
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    My bad.. don't want to upset anyone here.. should have been more general as most radiator dealers sell all years.. Just was curious where people are buying thier radiators..

    I think I am going to check the radiator shop about flipping the return line or go with Rockwood auto..
     
  17. I can do it myself.....Your results may vary....regardless a shop should be able to handle it for less than a new radiator.
     
  18. Was thinking the same exact thing.
     
  19. chaddilac
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    Amazon... $135 free shipping.
     
  20. Reliable Radiator on eBay
     
  21. JeffB2
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    from Phoenix,AZ

    You may want to list it in the classifieds,the good news is that radiator is a bolt-in for 1949-56 Ford cars using a 289-302 with the early "short" water pump with the passenger side lower hose or a swap in the same cars using a SBC.
     

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