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thanks John,
as usual I have come to the right place when I need help.

Now about that loan!! Just kidding.

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Tuxedo,
On the radiator, Larry's Thunderbird and Mustang Parts, @ www.larrystbird.com, have a heavy duty radiator. Fits '58-'60 4-row. You might give them a try.

I tried to order one of those from Larry's. Those guys are a bunch of strokes. That was just one bad deal of many thru them. I recommend avoiding Larry's TB at all costs.

Ray's idea is prob best re; the alum radiator. I had a local guy build me a 4 row (using a new core & my tanks) It's been fine. My car rarely goes over a buck eighty five. I am running the repro shroud and a 7 blade flex fan. I also have the ribbed 61 & newer des surge tank.
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Thanks for the post John. Ya'll might ask byersmtrco what company near him in California made his aluminum 4-core radiator for him...

Here is the information on Superior Radiator in Michigan, 1-586-463-8722, that others have bought aluminum radiators from and been very happy with. Ask for Charlie.. I have read where he is a good guy who can be trusted. Several members have posted their pleased results with this company and you can see them by doing a Search on "Superior Radiator" on this Forum. It appears you might have to do some modifications to them to mount them in.

Some have said that in addition to changing out their radiator to the aluminum one, that they also replaced that Squarebird suspect surge tank with one from a '61-'63 Tbird. These are supposed to be much better and sturdier than the ones on our Squarebirds.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:07 PM
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Some have said that in addition to changing out their radiator to the aluminum one, that they also replaced that Squarebird suspect surge tank with one from a '61-'63 Tbird. These are supposed to be much better and sturdier than the ones on our Squarebirds.

That is valuable information! The 58-60s are poor and even the repros have failed. Thanks!

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Yes indeed, I would agree that the 58-60 surge tanks are poor. Mine has failed 2Xs in 10 years and have had the seams sweat soldiered each time to repair.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Old 04-02-2009, 04:03 PM
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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??

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