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Old 03-23-2012, 09:56 AM
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I have to chuckle when I hear people talking about "correct" looking radiators, when their old car has a modern V8 engine in it. What's correct looking about a hotrod with lots of mods?
Get any radiator that cools well, is well built, and fits well.

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That's true, however some older cars like my '31 Chevy show the radiator externally, so perhaps some people want the original appearance from outside of the car. Other than that, I don't know.

I might be wrong here but if I bought a radiator and it began leaking I would be inclined to want it replaced for free.

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That's true, however some older cars like my '31 Chevy show the radiator externally, so perhaps some people want the original appearance from outside of the car. Other than that, I don't know.

I might be wrong here but if I bought a radiator and it began leaking I would be inclined to want it replaced for free.

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He had it for about 10 years before it started leaking. So getting it at cost was a bargain. Guess I should have mention that before.
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As we all know, anything mechanical and built by a human can go haywire. So you buy the best unit you can afford, be it copper/brass or aluminum. Easy fix on the shiny alum. is to paint the front with black radiator paint along with the AC condensor if thats what you need to do.

I know Deuce doesn't like the mig welded look and thats fine but I think it shows the quality and craftsmanship of the part .....and yes I have seen some REALLY chitty looking aluminum radiators. Looks like the welder (???) was drunk or just plain couldn't tig weld, no wonder some leak. Do your research, talk to hot rodders and buy what suits you
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1937 Chev

I put a 1990 walker rad in my chev. However at that time they were making a 2 core rad, supercooler that was very thin and it fit in perfectly. However it has started to leak at the corners and I now have a new rad from Walker to put it in that is thicker.

On the 37 there is a cross brace that goes across the front from fender to fender in front of the rad. To put the rad in I have to cut this and reweld it or just leave it off. Those of you with 37's have you just cut this brace or did you cut it and extend it toward the front of the grill.

Also with a manual fan, and a/c I find that if I am idling in traffic the air will not blow ice cold so am looking at a pusher fan on the front.
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I just cut that cross brace out completely in my 38
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I took it out and replaced it with a core support from Chassis Engineering.


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I have a Griffin aluminum radiator with 2700 CFM Electric Fan with Hotronics Control in my 1936 GMC with a built SBC. 12 years old with no leaks and no cooling problems.
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Only thing to add is to use a good quality radiator cap. One of the local street rodders put an LS into his mid-30s chev coupe. Very small radiator, very warm engine and lots of rodder stuff in the way: a/c, ign box, power steering etc etc. His car would run hot, then the car would conk out. He ended up having to move all the electrics inside the cabin. Of course his money leather interior, custom headliner, hidden wiring and 'flip flop' paint job...made this an absolute horror show.

He asked my Dad what he thought "you're asking the wrong guy, I have drum brakes, manual steering, roll up windows and a stock OEM 55 chevy radiator I had in front of a 402, 307 and hot 327 and she never overheats'

Turns out mr checkbook rodder had the wrong (or faulty) billet cap, the fan wired in wrong, the wrong thermostat and an aluminum rad with glued on tanks and no room for a shroud apparently.

Me? a good fan, a Stant cap, a SHROUD, the proper amount of properly mixed coolant and adequate room is all you need
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As stated earlyer, you get what you pay for. I recently got reminded this after purchasing a aluminum champion radiator. picture looked good, said it would fit my 50 wayfarer just like factory. It fit after a lil metal bending and buying differant size hoses. So far it is keeping it cool, but the welds look like crap, top tank scratched and dinged (shiped that way) plus the shop i got it from said id have it in 4 days an it took 2 weeks to get it an gave me 3 differant storys why i didnt get it when i was supposed to.
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