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Hi everyone. The time has arrived to replace the original rad. These days that means aluminium. But the more I look into which is ok/reliable -the less I know.
So how have your replacement rads survived? What mods were needed to fit?
I looked at the mishimoto rad, the warranty seemed good, but you pay the return postage fee, that could get expensive after 2 or 3 are bad.
The original rad is almost too poor to rebuild -mainly though the few rad builders left charge more than double a brand new, quality one. at least I could return that if it leaked, the rest by mail order , never.
Ideas please......?
Ps with enough comments this thread will be useful to all in years to come
 

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I'm glad this question has been brought up. Not sure if it's been addressed in the past, but i have the same concerns. Big 4 row radiators of the past, made of brass, with rugged tanks that were soldered together lasted quite a while, and were rebuildable. Do all these new fangled aluminum radiators have plastic tanks swedged on? Or are there aftermarket ones with aluminum tanks ?
 

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KKS on ebay makes great alumni ones.
 

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Cheers, I will look into that.
If I could get a custom made one (as good as Ron Davis ') done here i could return it if it fails. Not so with eBay/ US supplied one, but if it was really reliable that wouldnt matter...
 

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Aluminium not really repairable, unless you count epoxy as" a repair"! People who rebuild brass rads might not be happy it's in their shop, cause of aluminium there will be no work for them eventually.
 

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Yeah, all the good metals in the automotive industry is going away. Brass radiators, steel dashboards, forged pistons, chrome bumpers, ect. Plastics have taken over the world. What-ever's cheap and easy for the factory assy lines. They make it cheaper, and faster, but we don't catch a break on the prices. Nothing more than a throw away society.
(Now, I'm waiting for the Ralf Nadar followers to chime in, and say how much we're "saving the world" . Who's up 1st?) :)
 

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I bought the cheap ebay all aluminum radiator and ran it up until I pulled the engine for a 5.9 swap. Definitely would buy again!
 

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Some of them are good yes. But does take awhile to find a good brand. Also the reason why i HOARD all the genuine GM parts. Lol Used 6.2 Radiators are going for $250+ here in the U.S At one time i had 5 of them and couldn't sell em bcuz nobody wants too pay that price when you can get Alumimnin for $100-200 extra.
 

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Some of them are good yes. But does take awhile to find a good brand. Also the reason why i HOARD all the genuine GM parts. Lol Used 6.2 Radiators are going for $250+ here in the U.S At one time i had 5 of them and couldn't sell em bcuz nobody wants too pay that price when you can get Alumimnin for $100-200 extra.
****, I send them in for scrap.... They so rarely sell... Ive got one sitting here in the possible scrap pile. We'll see if I keep it.
 
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****, I send them in for scrap.... They so rarely sell... Ive got one sitting here in the possible scrap pile. We'll see if I keep it.
I know its sad. I usually see often guys looking for stock radiators but they never want to cough up the dough!
 

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My 1995 oem Harrison g body plastic/alum is still hanging on... Fargin miracle.


Like blonde hair blue eye baby jeebus Level stuff ..


Tree limbs ECT...many a pinched and rolled tube with stop leak.




EBay ftw.
 
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