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Old 02-01-2003, 03:29 PM
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Any of you running aluminum radiators? I have to buy a new one and would like your input on either aluminum or regular brass copper. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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I picked up <a href="http://a7.cpimg.com/image/77/7F/13598327-30c4-020001D6-.jpg" target="_blank">this</a> aluminum radiator for my 331 stroker. It's a Northern and USA made. I haven't run it yet, but others who have liked them.
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I have been running a Afco rad for two years, and would recommend it to any one. Has worked great in my 46 chevy truck.

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I had a custom [Ron Davis]al. radiator made for my coupe,I don't have very much room in front of my motor,could not put a thick Brass radiator.A 2 core Al. radiator will cool the same as a 4 core radiator.can see a little bit of my radiator in my profile picture of my motor.The radiator works great[I am in Arizona where summer heat can reach over 130 on the asphalt].It is a 2 core with triple bypass,meaning that the radiator is blocked so that the water has to run down to the bottom,then back to the top,then back down to the lower hose.Al. radiators are not cheap,i am planning to put AC on my car,Another reason for me to go to Al.I am planning to put an Al. radiator in my 66 Chevelle Conv.too.Good Luck
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HEY LASH: I had a brass copper radiator in my 1938 Lafayette streetrod and it could not keep SBC cool. I put in a AFCO aluminum and it works much better, it is worth the time and money. If you look in the TECH SECTION of this site under COOLING you will find a lot of good info. GOOD COOOLING DAVE
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We installed a dirt track aluminum radiator from Speedway Motors in my friend's '42 Willys pickup, mainly because it would fit the cramped space. He has driven the wheels off that truck for the past 6 or 7 years with zero cooling problems. The Speedway radiator was very inexpensive compared to the street rod aftermarket manufacturers and built for competition so is very rugged.
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I have used Griffin, SRS, and AFCO and for the money I will use AFCO from now on, aluminum will cool far better, thats why GM uses it, just my 2 cents worth
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Excellent question "Lash"!

I'm in the same delima (aluminum vs. copper/brass)

Looks like I'm going with aluminum custom made model from PRC in Indiana, sold through a dealer by you in Massilon, Ohio (near Akron) at the following website: <a href="http://www.streetrodstuff.com/" target="_blank">http://www.streetrodstuff.com/</a>
They have a nice picture of one on there homepage with custom aluminum shroud and electric fan attached.

Mine is for a 32 Pontiac and nobody has them anyway, must be custom made! Even "Walker" and "Custom Auto Radiator", both good companies if you decide to go with brass / copper model.

Good Luck,
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