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Modern Radiator

Hi.. 1928 Chevy truck with a real nice radiator shell but an old radiator that is not going to be long for this world. It is that bad. I want to use the grill, and install a modern radiator that will be capable enough, with a cooling fan, to work with a V6 Chevy motor. Has anyone found a radiator from a junk yard car that is and might work in an old time shell? I am just beginning this research so I am interested in what others have done..... and suggestions are appreciated.

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This is one time that no junk yard part is going to work. Not in my opinion, some little Datsun pickup or something like that may "fit" sort of but honestly, this is one place where you have to break out the wallet and have a rad made for your truck. You could do some measuring and look into the aftermarket radiators made for Model A's and T's and see if there is a pre-made radiator that will fit the bill and it will be a little cheaper. But as a rule custom radiators cost quite a few bucks and you are stuck, there is just nothing that will do the job without looking horribly out of place.

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Good answer Brian.
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You can find something that will work, Don't be put off buy people saying you need to buy a new part. besides a 4.3 doesn't need alot of radiator to cool it.
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You can find something that will work, Don't be put off buy people saying you need to buy a new part. besides a 4.3 doesn't need alot of radiator to cool it.
"Something that will work" that doesn't fit properly or look decent, won't get it for everyone, Brian said it well.
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Why not get it recored? I had mine done. Not original honeycomb but works. They put in a Datsun neck that fits under the hood and sealed up the original 1. More then enough to keep my 350 cool/no ac.
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Cost of the recore?

Hey... thanks for all the advice. Can I ask how much I would have to pay to get the old radiator recored? I would imagine this is going to be a pretty good range on prices and I have talked to one guy who had his done in a nearby town for $150 which included everything. I also have looked into a couple of universal fit radiators for race cars that would work and now understand why I have seen a couple model A cars with a "screen look" inside the shell instead of the original radiator. Speedway sells the honeycomb screen material too, and then they hid a modern radiator behind the screen that as installed in the shroud. Recoring cost estimates would be appreciated. Thanks
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pick-up match up

We have a friend that has a wrecking yard, we ocassionally help when he is crushing cars. We grabbed a couple of pickup radiators . I think it was a 70's ford 6 cyl that fits close in the 29 chevy grill shell in the someday parts pile. Tape measure and take the grill with you and look for one that has been recently replaced, good paint , clean. no battered fins. crusher parts are free to us on crush days. , $ 40 normally
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"Something that will work" that doesn't fit properly or look decent, won't get it for everyone, Brian said it well.
That's the difference between true hotrodders and bolt on part guys.
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Don't toss out that "real hot rodder" stuff, ANYONE building a car or modifying it for performance is a REAL hotrodder.

But being a "real hot rodder" doesn't mean you toss ascetics out the window for the sake of performance. A mesh of Form AND funtion IS what a hot rodder does.

I happened to know one of the greatest hot rodders of all time, Max Balchowski. His "Ol Yeller" race car was named because of it's "junk yard dog" construction. Even this man who was proud of his reputation built beautiful race cars. He would put new spark plugs in the garbage can at the track and then tell his mechanic to "go see if someone thru away some plugs that are still good" just to get a rise out of people. He had a gray haired old lady drive his Old Yeller to the track once just to throw off all the REAL race car guys with their trailered cars and pit crews.

Even Max thought about form as well as funtion with his Old Yeller being a work of functional art.


Later versions would take a little more form yet.



How about a War bird? There is nothing that screams HOT ROD more than a war bird. Do you think they cared about how it looked? Do you think there was some design studio led Harley Earl? You would think so looking at one.

They are works of art worthy of hanging on the wall with any Rembrandt.




No, I don't buy that "real hotrodders" build ugly cars because they are HOT RODDERS and not a worried about the flibity flew of style like an artsy fartsy pansy man.

Real hot rodders build cars with a good mixture of form and function.

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does it fit ?

Nothing looks worse than than a radiator that doesn't fit in the grill shell. and it probably doesn't cool very well. I've seen a lot of T's and A's with bad installations. That's why I bought A $600 brass radiator with the right hose locations for the current T project , Plus the Brass antique carbide headlights match. IF it doesn't Fit and look right don't cobble it together, There are radiator Swaps that will work. just harder to find the right one.
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That's the difference between true hotrodders and bolt on part guys.
Well...just OK works for some, but don't play the "true hotrodders..." card, one size doesn't fit all.

timothale says it well:

"Nothing looks worse than than a radiator that doesn't fit in the grill shell. and it probably doesn't cool very well. I've seen a lot of T's and A's with bad installations. That's why I bought A $600 brass radiator with the right hose locations for the current T project , Plus the Brass antique carbide headlights match. IF it doesn't Fit and look right don't cobble it together."

Along with Brian, my point exactly.
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