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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 09, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Best Brand of Radiator(on a budget)?

I am looking for a radiator to cool off my 1967 camaro with a 383 stroker that produces somewhere in the 500 - 550 HP range. I want something that will cool my car efficiently as well as be reliable. My price range(including electric fans) is in the $700 area. I know that BeCool is the best but their Direct Fit series runs about $1200 for the radiator with fans. I have been recommended Flexalite, Griffin, Summit, and BeCool. They will be of a universal fit orientation and I heard that this could pose a problem with the brackets. What problems are experienced? Are the problems relatively minor? How much more labor(in hours) is required to get a universal to fit as opposed to a Direct Fit? I heard that Griffin radiators are epoxied together as opposed to welded and one mechanic sid they fall apart whereas another mechanic said he has had one for 13 years with no problem...any personal experiences? I am also looking for a quality piece that its not welded by a pelican, monkey, or any other animal you can find in the zoo. I saw the welds on the JEGs radiators and they seem to be lumpy and sloppy...was wondering if anyone can comment on the quality of appearance on these radiators?

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Re: Best Brand of Radiator(on a budget)?

I would look into AFCO radiators. In my experience they deliver a quality product at a reasonable cost!

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Alumitech, they advertise here
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We used a Summit 380325 radiator in a road racer and it cooled very well. It was pretty tough, because after rolling the car about 8 times the radiator was still intact and not leaking.

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I replaced mine last summer with a radiator from Dillion Radiator. It bolted right in with no fitment issues. All the welds looked nice and was nicely polished. It had a dual fan set up and a very nice looking stainless steel shroud for it. It came with all the wiring and relays for 500$ delievered to my house. They have a web site and the owner was very knowledgeable. I also hesitated due to it being so reseaonable but after some research i am very pleased with it. Im sure this will help you out call him or check out the web site. www.dillionradiator.com
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Afco or Northern are a good price and work.

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Re: Best Brand of Radiator(on a budget)?

Best price seems to be over at http://bluegrassclassics.com/camaro/..._and_hoses.htm No one responded to a prior post of mine about quality. I'm tempted to try one for my big block. They're 1/2 price or less what everyone else is charging. However, you know the saying about getting what you pay for....
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 09, 08:59 AM
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Re: Best Brand of Radiator(on a budget)?

I put a Northern rad. from Summit into my 68, 383 stroker as well, making around 450hp. Although the radiator does not look as clean, nice, shiny, or professional as the more expensive radiator brands, it gets the job done, and does it well. Surprisingly, it was one of the only parts which actually bolted into my car without the requirement for any holes, modifications, cutting, etc (unlike other "bolt-ons"). Its fully aluminum, and does a great job cooling the motor (most of the time its 170-180, 180 +/- 5 loaded). I recommend it especially considering that you are on a budget.

The one which I purchased was for an A/T 67-69 camaro, should be pretty easy to find on Summit's site.
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I got a Be Cool "Eliminator" aluminum radiator from Summit for around $200. Looks great with the big square tanks on the edge. I then used summit's twin 11" electric fans that were also around $200. They flow something like 20cfm less than the twin 11" be cool fans but look the same. I'll take a few pics when I get home later today.
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I am looking for a radiator to cool off my 1967 camaro with a 383 stroker that produces somewhere in the 500 - 550 HP range. I want something that will cool my car efficiently as well as be reliable. My price range(including electric fans) is in the $700 area. I know that BeCool is the best but their Direct Fit series runs about $1200 for the radiator with fans. I have been recommended Flexalite, Griffin, Summit, and BeCool. They will be of a universal fit orientation and I heard that this could pose a problem with the brackets. What problems are experienced? Are the problems relatively minor? How much more labor(in hours) is required to get a universal to fit as opposed to a Direct Fit? I heard that Griffin radiators are epoxied together as opposed to welded and one mechanic sid they fall apart whereas another mechanic said he has had one for 13 years with no problem...any personal experiences? I am also looking for a quality piece that its not welded by a pelican, monkey, or any other animal you can find in the zoo. I saw the welds on the JEGs radiators and they seem to be lumpy and sloppy...was wondering if anyone can comment on the quality of appearance on these radiators?

Thanks for the help guys!
Shot me a pm with manufactures and p/n's your looking at. I'll try my best to get you a radiator and electric fans in your price range.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 09, 07:51 PM
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Here's some pics(It's a Be Cool Eliminator series part#10168 and sorry, I checked and it's $300 Direct fit.):






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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 09, 08:28 PM
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Re: Best Brand of Radiator(on a budget)?

Check out the Entropy alum. radiators sold on ebay. With the wiring harness for the fans and shipping it will be close in cost to what you are looking to spend. Nice looking, cools efficiently, direct fit. Mine cost $720 total. Look in the heating and cooling section and do a search for entropy radiator and dual fans installed. I have some pics on what I have there. Lower hose will be the same, just purchase a 68 sb w/ac upper hose. This is a bb(23") size radiator.
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