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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 07, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator shop is telling me that can't rebuild my UG code radiator from my all orig 67 vert. They can replace the core for $300? Sounds pricey.............my radiator wasn't even leaking but it also had never been out of the car before.
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Yeah, a recoring job has gotten pretty pricey lately - might be something else I look into doing my self sometime. ( I have redone some older truck radiators BITD using a 55gal drum)

I still have a shop that will recore them for me using a Desert Cooler brand core from U.S. Rad.
I usually ask for a #10906 core for most performance cars that have the wider 2 5/8" core. Haven't had one heating problem yet with this core.
They also still manufacture the OEM style 1/2" tubes on 9/16" centers in 2" & 2 5/8" thickness if you want a core exactly like original - just ask them for the correct stock number by width and tube count.

Costs have run anywhere from the low $200's to the mid $300's lately.

(edit) oops - should have thrown this link in for ya - http://www.usradiator.com/default.htm

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Re: Original Radiators

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An original Harrison radiator is about $900 to $1,000. Three hundred for parts & labor is not bad at all. That's about what I would expect it to be. I have a 1969 without the original radiator. I was looking at close to the same price for mine. You can buy a new radiator for that kind of money. I replaced my small block radiator with a big block radiator. However, I know originality is important to you, especially in your case. For $300 I would have them replace the core. That way you keep the UG radiator in place without having to spend $900 or $1,000 for a new original Harrison. The UG is tougher to find as well.

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OK, thanks very much for the input I'll have a new core put between my old tanks. Thanks again.

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Re: Original Radiators

Make sure they don't use a flat sided core.
Looks funny IMO.

My shop down here custom made a core for me -
with ribs on the sides very close to the originals.

The problem is that the new EPA regulations FORBID boiling out the radiator cores like was done in the past.

Not so nice for original cars like ours.
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The problem is that the new EPA regulations FORBID boiling out the radiator cores like was done in the past.

Not so nice for original cars like ours.
Jeff, Why is this?

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The lye/acid chemicals that were used are not allowed anymore.

The EPA inspectors came around a few years back, and made the shops dismantle the boiling pots.
At least this is what happened in Florida.

I heard rumors of others that may still do this,
but I could not find anyone local who would.
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Kind of becoming a lost art as well. I found an old school guy to recore mine like you're having done,he said that now so many radiators are plastic core and basically cheaper to replace than fix, that alot of radiator shops are out of business.I can believe it cause a number of radiator shops that were open for years in my area have closed.Mine was $325...but he put 5/8ths tubes in it with a factory look...he recommended the 5/8 cause I'm adding air to the car and it always ran a little hot withou the air so I took his suggestion...but I think your guy is in the ballpark as far as price
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Well I went to pick it up and the UG tag is missing How do you say I'm gonna strangle you in spanish????
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Yeah, the recore prices have jumped plenty in the recent past due to the fact that the govt has dibs on all copper and brass.. I guess it's just another way for the taxpaying public to pay for the war overseas.

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Well I went to pick it up and the UG tag is missing How do you say I'm gonna strangle you in spanish????
¿Por qué quitó usted la etiqueta de UG? Usted pone mejor lo apoya o patearé su asno.

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¿Por qué quitó usted la etiqueta de UG? Usted pone mejor lo apoya o patearé su asno.
That is too funny Don, that cracked me up. They called me at work today to say they drained their tank and found my tag so I'm much happier now but your post was classic
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Re: Original Radiators

That did not translate too well from the free sites on the web

"Why cleared you you label it of UG? You put better supports it or I will kick your a**."

I take my tags off before I give them out!

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Well the lesson learned from it will be they wont do it again and I hope there are other shops in your area. Come to think of it, the tags are soldered in the lips? But you got your tag back to thats worth only a half can of whooping. Hope they did not drain the entire vat of muric acid for this.

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Yes the tags are soldered. But a little heat from a propane torch and they pop right off.

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