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Old 11-24-2016, 04:50 AM
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Default Radiator - rebuild or buy a new one?

Hello guys, I have an original radiator on my '59. It started leaking a bit from several spots. Now, I am aware that the sediments inside can be chemically disolved and the leaking spots welded or otherwise repaired. My question is - is that a good thing to do? I understand I can save up to 50 % oposite to buying a new $450 radiator. But, how long will such repair last? Isn't a better solution to buy a new radiator and have peace for good? I will be gratefull for your opinnions and experience.

PS: I just realised that the repair companies might be able to replace the radiator core completely instead of repairing it. Then the radiator might be as good as the new one?
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:42 AM
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Jiri, when mine gave me trouble back around 2008, I had it re-cored professionally and it has performed well ever since. Lets see what jopizz, Dave or others have to say. It sure beats the cost of buying a new one and having it shipped to your country.

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Old 11-24-2016, 10:43 AM
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I wouldn't repair your old core. If you can have the core replaced that would be the best and cheapest option.

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Old 11-24-2016, 01:39 PM
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If the core is leaking and it's not as a result of physical impact type damage (a large stone flicked up by a truck tyre etc) get it replaced, after all, how many times do you want to have to remove the radiator to repair a new leak each time one occurs?
The resultin peace of mind will soon dull the pain of the cost!
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Old 11-24-2016, 01:50 PM
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Thank you John, Scumdog, Ray. Replacing the radiator's core seems like the best option. Repairing the core repeatedly is exactly what I want to avoid.
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:06 PM
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If at all possible have the radiator recored. This type of repair is dissapperaring but is the best for these old cars. Nothing fits like an original that has been recored.

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