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  • #16
    My 4 row is regular brass. The aluminum is better. If I ever need a radiator, I'll go alum. But again, I've had no cooling issues, and I've had her out on hot days in traffic. Idling around Sacramento in July.
    No worries!!
    John Byers
    1960 Convertible (Orig owner)
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    • #17
      Jed I agree that the design on the surge tanks 58-60 are poor at best. I too have had to solder the seams on both for the 58HT & the 60HT. You would have thought that with these birds having the overheating problem originally they would have spent and extra $20.00 in the day to produce a better one.
      Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
      Thunderbird Registry
      58HT #33317
      60 HT (Sold )

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      • #18
        Griffin now has an aluminum radiator that will replace the stock unit. It is OK for A/C and has the trans cooler. Retails for about $500. They used my 60 Sq. Bird for a template.
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        Jim

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        • #19
          Ok.... so I still haven't found anyone who lists a radaitor for my squarebird. I got a quote to recore the original of $300-$350 which is, in my eyes crazy... next stop... finding something that will fit. Now, I know that I could have one built, but I don't have $350 to spend on a recore... nevermind having one built.

          Has anyone out there been able to fit a different radiator in a squarebird?

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          • #20
            If I were trying to save money I think I would go to a good, used TBird parts place and try for a radiator with some modest warranty. First place that comes to mind is the TBird Ranch as he has an excellent reputation.

            The one you have is beyond repair??

            john
            1958 Hardtop
            #8452 TBird Registry
            http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


            photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
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            http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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            • #21
              Hey Guys!
              Larry Thunderbird and Mustang Parts has four row, heavy duty radiator for sale. You will have to call to get a price.
              Phone number 1-800-854-0393. Web sight www.larrystbird.com I have not checked but the last time I looked there web site was down.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Tuxedo View Post
                Ok.... so I still haven't found anyone who lists a radaitor for my squarebird. I got a quote to recore the original of $300-$350 which is, in my eyes crazy... next stop... finding something that will fit. Now, I know that I could have one built, but I don't have $350 to spend on a recore... nevermind having one built.

                Has anyone out there been able to fit a different radiator in a squarebird?
                Drax and Larry's are both good suggestions. I tried Larry's website the other day and it is finally back online, maybe yet with a few construction bugs in it. I also see that http://www.tbirdparts.com/main.htm Birdsnest also has $350 58-66 radiators listed with a $100 core charge. I suppose with a 2 way shipping a new radiator will cost you about $450.

                I certainly would think that you having yours recored locally would be the way to go cause any supposed new radiator you're gonna buy is going to be a recored one anyway. Then you'd save all of that shipping too.
                Best Birding,
                Jed Zimmerman
                '58HT and '48 Dodge Panel in MN
                Thunderbird Registry #3810 VTCI#7652
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                • #23
                  Thanks to all for the input.

                  JohnG... I tried to fix the one I have and what started out as a hairline crack, just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The original crack was caused by my finger nail... which should tell you how brittle the whole thing is.

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                  • #24
                    If the crack was caused by your finger nail... then I have to agree it's time to hunt down a new one! Wow! Imagine the damage a bee at 60 mph might have done!
                    1958 Hardtop
                    #8452 TBird Registry
                    http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


                    photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
                    history:
                    http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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                    • #25
                      Yep, I literally "clipped" one of the fins with my finger nail and it immediately started to drip. I originally thought I could just braize it since it was so small, but it got bigger and bigger...

                      I e-mailed the T-bird Ranch and they don't have anything. Even if he did have a used one, he would recore it before he sold it anyway. When I told him that I was quoted $300-$350 locally, he said that it was a very good price.

                      I will have to say, that he (John Draxler) was EXTREMELY helpful and quick in his responses back. I would no doubt do business with him in the future.

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