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Hot Rods Which 1932 aftermarket Radiator ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wildwest, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. wildwest
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 319


    So, I am getting closer to getting my 32 Roadster project together and of course the nice thick top-of-the-line Walker radiator that I got with a project awhile ago has the inlet & outlet on the wrong sides. Damn. The top one isn't a big deal, I could work with that, but there just isn't enough room to run a tube over across the bottom to make it work. I just got off the phone with the only reputable radiator repair place I know of in a 200 mile radius, and he said to take the tank off and switch the outlets would run $300. , plus, it's two 240 mile round trips to get it there and pick it up, so that doesn't make any sense.

    I guess i'm buying another new radiator and selling my brand new un-used one !!

    I have looked around and i'm wondering if I go with another Walker, do I buy the cheaper "Cobra", or spend the extra $200 for the "4-core Z series" ? or cheap Speedway aluminum one and paint it black ? is there any other options I haven't considered ?

    This car is something I plan on keeping forever, and I want to to be reliable and cool well.

    The car is a fenderless but full hood & sides Roadster with a manual transmission and a ZZ4 aluminum head crate engine. (355 h.p. 405 lb-ft 350 Chevy)
  2. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,054


    Walker of course. And I'd only buy the big one. Maybe you can list the current one in the classifieds?
  3. wildwest
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 319


    Any more input on the Walker Cobra vs the Walker 4 core Z series ?
  4. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 3,560


    I ran a Walker Cobra in my old Sedan Deliv. for 12 years (it's still in it) with no problems at all. 302 (non roller) C6, mech. fan, 180 thermostat and never overheated once...even in traffic or parades. I would flush it every 2 or 3 years (including trans).
    Unless you have a should be fine 100_1677.JPG

  5. Garpo
    Joined: Jul 16, 2016
    Posts: 255


    Our friendly local radiator shop told me to "buy a Walker" He has seen most things come through his shop. so I did as I was told.
  6. My avatar has Walker Cobra and cooling components fan and shroud. Full hood, mild 350 cools very well, even in slow moving traffic.

  7. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,824

    V8 Bob

    My choice is Custom Auto Radiator for my '32 and '40.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2020
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  8. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,951

    T&A Flathead

    Extremely happy with my Brass Works radiator in my 32 and also running one in my 29 model A.
  9. I would think any competent radiator shop could move the inlet and outlet to where you need them fairly easy and much cheaper with less hassle than selling yours and buying another.

  10. Stick with the Walker, post up your current radiator in the classifieds and replace it with a new one, the radiator in my avatar has a Walker in it and it's been reliable for 33 years now. HRP
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  11. prpmmp
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,099


    X2 !!! Pete
  12. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,259


    I'm a big Walker fan. The radiator in my SBC powered 46 Ford convertible was 20 years old and still going strong when I sold the car.
    I learned a long time ago that when it comes to Steering, Brakes and Cooling to always buy the best. Building a car on the cheap will leave your ass stuck somewhere on the side of the road.
  13. Primered Forever
    Joined: Jul 7, 2008
    Posts: 528

    Primered Forever
    from Joplin,MO

  14. tombstone
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 417

    from sk.canada

    I’m a believer in WALKER . On my 2nd one now both have worked great ‼️ Had the outlet moved on the 2nd one at a local shop , very reasonable price and looked like WALKER quality.....
  15. OzyRodder
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 304


    I am having mine repaired right now due to the fan breaking and slicing the core.
    Original 32 radiator that had been recored in the 70’s. New core has larger tubes and a lot more of them. From 87 tubes to 147 tubes and with the change from 12mm to 16mm dimpled tubes should be awesome. It was running cool as it was so am looking forward to see the difference.
    Best service anywhere and with the Aussie dollar so bad, you yanks could get a great deal.
    They also do amazing Honeycomb cores for the non-ford types.

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  16. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,604


  17. wildwest
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 319


    Thanks for all the replys ! I'm pretty sure i'm going with another Walker, just haven't decided which Walker yet. I wish I had a radiator shop half-way local that could trust, but I live in the middle of nowhere and by the time I make two 240 mile round trips to drop off and pick up, plus pay for the repair, I think I would be better off to buy a new one and sell my "new"but pre-owned one (once the new one comes and I have a good box to ship it in !)
  18. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 6,375

    from Oregon

    Post a want as or check on that Facebook site.
  19. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,069


    Have you Checked with Webbers Radiator in Yakima
    Weber's Radiator Service

    310 S 3rd Ave, Yakima, WA 98902
    (509) 452-3747

    They do a lot of work for the local Yakima area rodders along with handling almost all the heavy truck and equipment radiators in the area. The only "real" radiator shop left in this area.

    That is a hundred mile one way shot for you that is pretty easy.
  20. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 8,011

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I've both used and sold a lot of Walker Radiators with no problems. Currently I have 3 cars with Walkers and 2 with Brassworks all working just fine.

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