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Old 10-24-2011, 08:22 PM
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Aluminium radiator

Anybody know of a real good aluminum radiator that will fit a '32 Ford coupe {with blower} that can accommodate a tranny cooler?
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See www.prchotrod.com, they make one of the nicest and most affordable alum. street rod radiators around.........and I have a friend who is a dealer and won't screw you if you decide to purchase one. Send a pm if interested.
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Too late to edit orig post so here's some pics of my PRC radiator...xlnt tig welding and all around workmanship.
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Radiators are a LOT like chocolate and vanilla ... both have their own supporters. Opinions differ greatly.

I NEVER use aluminum radiators on old Fords.

I always buy Walker brass/copper radiators.
To me ... they LOOK better ... and work better. They are more durable and they are repairable. Most of the aluminum radiators have ugly welds on the tanks. The cores are glued in. They do not resist vibration as well as the brass/copper ones.

Unfortunately ... the " Z " series ... 4 core Walker for a 32 ( with A/C ) is almost a thousand dollars.



I honestly believe that Walker radiators are worth the $$$ and the high cost of the Walker is the reason so many aluminum radiators have been sold. Griffin Radiator is close to my home and I have friends who have or do work there. Most of them have a Walker radiator in their own Hot Rods.

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The cost of My Rod is going up and up by Me asking all these questions!! ,,,but,,it'll be worth it in the end.
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The cost of My Rod is going up and up by Me asking all these questions!! ,,,but,,it'll be worth it in the end.
I told you 50 grand ... or more
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Deuce....I will agree that everyone has an opinion on which type of radiator is best....to each his own.....BUT making a blanket statement "Most of the aluminum radiators have ugly welds on the tanks. The cores are glued in" is just totally wrong. The only alum. radiator that I know of that used epoxy on the cores was Griffin and their failures cost them dearly I'm sure, don't know if they still build them that way or not....I wouldn't think so.

Most "quality" alum. radiators are well built and have beautiful tig welding just like my PRC (see pics). The PRC also has the cores furnace brazed not glued/epoxied in and cost less then half of the Walker, mine was $425 shipped a few years ago. If a guy is stupid enough to buy some back yard alum. radiator glued together and has chitty welds then that's his problem....buyer do your homework.

So, lets not raw dog ALL alum. radiators, if you like the Walker and it works for you....and you can afford it then that's fine but just like the OP, there's a lot of new guy's out there that don't have the knowledge or experience and are greatly influenced by what is said on this forum. I regard you as a very well educated builder and think both of your 32's are right on the money as far as looks and stance, just think you were off base on your statement....Dave
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copper radiator vs aluminum radiator

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When my Be Cool aluminum radiator leaked at a seam, I took it to the old master at our local shop to get it repaired. He pronounced it dead. I had a custom radiator built to the dimensions of my cowl up front on my 35 Chevy. I am glad that I chose copper. Check out a reputable shop and get what you need instead of a "one size fits all radiator".My 350 sbc idles in traffic without overheating. That wasn't so before.
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Deuce....I will agree that everyone has an opinion on which type of radiator is best....to each his own.....BUT making a blanket statement "Most of the aluminum radiators have ugly welds on the tanks.

Most "quality" alum. radiators are well built and have beautiful tig welding just like my PRC (see pics).


So, lets not raw dog ALL alum. radiators,

. I regard you as a very well educated builder and think both of your 32's are right on the money as far as looks and stance, just think you were off base on your statement....Dave
Like I said ... everyone has their own opinion. That is GOOD ... but I consider the welds UGLY.



Just my opinion and I am not knocking anyone elses stuff. I have seen the aluminum radiators painted BLACK and they look better for a short time until some of the paint comes off and then the radiator is speckled. Not pretty.

Every where there is a weld ... is a place for a leak. We all know that aluminum is brittle. On a early Ford ... the radiator is sitting on 2 bolts and then held in place by 2 rods. The radiator is subject to a lot of vibration.

On later models ( 55 Chevy / Camaro / Chevelle / Mustangs ... ) the vibration is not as evident and the aluminum radiators may hold up OK. Also on the later models ... you do not see the radiator like you do on a 32.

Like I stated in the first reply ... just my opinion.
But ... aluminum radiators on 32's are not a good idea in my book.

If you want one ... by ALLL means you should have one ....


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I bought an aluminium 40 Ford radiator (MADE IN USA) !!! from local favorite Superior Radiator in MI. I'm running a 3K stall and high comp aluminium heads generating a lot of heat. They sell on ebay $300+, the welds don't bother me, if that works for you its well made and a great deal.

http://www.wwwsuperiorradiator.com/
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I bought an aluminium 40 Ford radiator (MADE IN USA) !!! from local favorite Superior Radiator in MI. I'm running a 3K stall and high comp aluminium heads generating a lot of heat. They sell on ebay $300+, the welds don't bother me, if that works for you its well made and a great deal.

http://www.wwwsuperiorradiator.com/

Yep, Charlie builds a great rad.
Have bought over 40 from him and never had a problem
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Auminum radiators

I have had aluminum radiator in my 32 for about 4 years,Runs cooler ,looks good. Just ordered one for my 34 roadster. SUPERIOR RADIATORS are great and have great service.
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So, you won't use aluminum radiators in your Ford, but you got a Chevy engine in it??? Some of the money could have been spent building a nice small block Ford for that deuce.
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So, you won't use aluminum radiators in your Ford, but you got a Chevy engine in it??? Some of the money could have been spent building a nice small block Ford for that deuce.
Who are You talking about?
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