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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 10, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Curved Neck Radiator Let Loose

Hey,

Need some help, my curved neck radiator let loose and the shop said they can not repair it. Any recommendations (recore???) or suggestions where to purchase good reproduction radiator. Car is a 1969 Camaro 396/325 automatic with Air...

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 10, 03:14 AM
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Re: Curved Neck Radiator Let Loose

If it's origional Alumitech can recore it as can other shops. Alumitech also makes some nice ones with the Harrison embossed end caps.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 10, 09:25 PM
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Re: Curved Neck Radiator Let Loose

It this a stock factory radaitor? and to get thing straight its the top (doesnt really matter if top or bottom) inlet where the hose goes in?

These are soldered in..using a special solder and flux.
There are not weak, and usaully come loose when some idoit goes to pull the hose of, twists turns and breaks the solder seam
the diam of a hose naturally reduces and therefore grips harder so when stick do not pull harder
note: a basically trained person slips a thin screw drive between the hose and neck to break the 'seal' can be done from radiator end if keeping the hose or chop the hose and slice off here pull on a hose...which is very apparent make your problem due to abuse.

Repair is simple ..clean up surfaces, flux and re solder back in using a gas torch...BUT if heat is let to transfer around the area then the core and header seam solder will melt or at least become a dry joint and leak....wet rags are used to stop the heat travelling
It is no real big deal, any basic workshop in NZ will do it... its not rocket science to fix

Bottom line m8... they are blody useless if cracked it and even more useless to even have to get hold of you to say they have...even more usless to say they cant fix...
A workshop here would tell what happened , say its fixed , not charge for their error, yo pay the bill for what the car went in for end of story.
I have made the mistake yrs ago, did the job myself using wrong flux and solder, caused a leak around the cnr of the header tank....aske a few questions got given some flux and solder from the radiator shop and fixed myself...
That is how I know this stuff.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 10, 10:50 AM
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Re: Curved Neck Radiator Let Loose

Heartbeat City has a dead on replica . You should try and have the original repaired but make sure you qualify the shop doing the work . Original curved neck radiators are hard to come by. If you decided to go with a new radiator I would save the original for the tanks,tag and fittings .

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