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Radiator question

Charlie
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April 16th, 2018, 11:14 pm #1

I decided to have my radiator cleaned before I connected the new heater and it turns out, my core is shot. Looking at some of the options available, I see an Omix-ADA and an all-aluminum radiator. Has anyone used either of these and what are your opinions? I really want to keep the stock look, but neither of these radiators have the stock look, so I may not have a choice.
Thanks!
1964 CJ3B
1952 M38 w/M100
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NE Alabama
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oldtime
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April 16th, 2018, 11:29 pm #2

All 3 of my current Jeep radiators need new cores.

I just plan to bite the bullet and have all of them re-cored.
Currently building my final F-134 powered 3B .
Rock Crawler using factory parts from the Willys Motors era (1953-1963)

http://s4.zetaboards.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_ ... 766/1/#new
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Charlie
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April 16th, 2018, 11:34 pm #3

I'd love to, but I've been to three different radiator shops and they all no longer re-core. Apparently the g'vmt regulations for dealing with lead solder and water contamination has about put them out of business for old-style radiator repairs/rebuilds.
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1952 M38 w/M100
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NE Alabama
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Rus Curtis
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April 17th, 2018, 12:13 am #4

Been there, done that. I was still in Kansas at the time and I ended up having to use an old fashioned radiator guy in the next town over. Could Atlanta not be a possibility?
Rus Curtis
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'54 CJ-3B "Green Gruntt"
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Charlie
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April 17th, 2018, 12:49 am #5

Possibly. One of the oldest shops in Birmingham has my radiator right now, hoping to hear something tomorrow. I'd rather use my tanks on a new core, but if not, Carl Walck lists a nice looking radiator, don't know if it's the Omix-ADA, but the photo of it looks pretty good. Unfortunately, it's showing to be out of stock . May need to give them a call.
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April 17th, 2018, 8:11 am #6

Hello, I guess it depends on if you plan to use your Jeep or just show it? From a price point and functionality standpoint, the aluminum radiators are hard to beat. If you're going for a 100 point restoration with date coded tanks, then you will have to shell out the big bucks AND take your chances. The aluminum radiators are not perfect but can anyone tell me of any reproduction parts that are? I wouldn't hesitate to use a QUALITY aluminum radiator and enjoy/drive my Jeep. Spray paint a coat of semi-gloss black on it and you will be the only one who knows if it's original or aftermarket. Just my .02 - Good Luck with your project, Sam Michael Jr, Jax, FL
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Charlie
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April 17th, 2018, 2:16 pm #7

Have you used one of the aluminum radiators in a jeep? One of my big questions is, can you mount the fan shroud? From the photos I have seen, it's hard to tell what type of side plates the aluminum radiator has, don't know if I would be able to drill holes for the shroud mounting screws. Also concerned about the top hose mounting, mine is to the left, not centered.
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1952 M38 w/M100
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Jesse from MN
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April 17th, 2018, 5:16 pm #8

Remind me of the approximate dimensions?

I just bought a new radiator from Advance Auto for about $150 for my F100. I bought an oversized one, but could have had a stock 18x18 one for about $130. It is a brass radiator. I searched coupon codes and got 25% off my order get get the price down. Maybe you can do something like that? I has the more original look than the fabricated aluminum style.

-Jesse

Here is an 18x18 Radiator. Could be $131 if you poke around and find a 25% off coupon code online.
https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/aap ... =radiators
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Charlie
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April 18th, 2018, 11:25 pm #9

The shop that has my radiator is going to be able to do the re-core. There was some confusion about the core type, they thought I wanted the original honeycomb type core, which has not been available in many years. I'll be happy with a plain straight tube core, as long as it has my original tanks and side frames!
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Rus Curtis
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April 18th, 2018, 11:50 pm #10

Charlie,
Under the heading of "Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," I suggest coordinating with the guys working on your radiator to let them know about the sheet metal screws running down the side that hold the shroud on. My radiator guy, in Kansas, didn't know (I didn't think and didn't tell him) and he reattached the sides slightly askew and the bottom holes are aligned with the radiator. So I either get another radiator shop, here in Alabama, to redo that or I have to chop off the tips of the screws to ensure they won't pierce the radiator.
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'54 CJ-3B "Green Gruntt"
Bantam T3-C
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