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Old 08-06-2010, 08:01 PM
'59 Jim '59 Jim is offline
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Default Radiator????

Hello again all. I've been working on Mae, and she needs a radiator. Is there anywhere I can find a new one for her? I've been quoted about $700 to recore the old one, and I think I'd rather get a new one. I'l take any suggestions. I've been all over the web with no luck so far. Any suggestions???

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:55 PM
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Hey Jim,
Radiators, Larry's Thunderbirds and Mustang Parts ( or Concours Parts and Accessories ( Or they may be others listed under advertisements!
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:00 AM
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Default Radiator ...

$700 seems way high for a recore. I'd try another shop. If your not in a big hurry I have one from my 60' that has been cleaned, pressure tested, and painted (I put a larger alum. radiator in mine). $250 + shipping from 80487. I'm doing a thrash to get my car done for a two week road trip starting this coming Thursday, so I wouldn't be able to ship it until I return. Mike
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:04 AM
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Default Recore

$700 for a recore is way too high. I paid $270 plus sales tax in Indianapolis last spring for a recore and the radiator looked like new when they got it done. If I were you I'd do some more looking. A new Griffin aluminum radiator is around $500 I think.

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Old 08-07-2010, 01:22 PM
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Go Griffin and save some bucks. It is around $500


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$700 ?????!!!!!!!!!!

I had a local rad shop (San Jose Radiator-been there for 40 yrs)
He put a 4 row core in there for $250 which included mounting the
reprod fan shroud. The lwr brkts on those are for a big Merc or Galaxie.
He drilled the holes in the lwr brkt. The 4 row is slightly wider. The
shroud is not a perfect fit. It's just cosmetic. As good as it works, I don't
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:55 PM
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Default Thanks again guys

OKay, so I can call Griffin and order one for $500, or look for a "reputable shop" who'll recore for less. I've actually gotten a couple of much better estimates lately. It looks like 300-350 for the recore. One guy says it doesn't need it, just sealing holes. Thank you again. I'll see what you have to say
about my solenoid...

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