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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 11, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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aluminum radiator questions

i live in south louisiana and its hot hot in the summer.. i know there are many benifits to going with an aluminum one.. the price on some of them are just steep.. i recently bought the liconln mark VIII fan that i am about to install..my question is what are some options on an aluminum radiator that isnt expensive as hell but still good in quality..

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Re: aluminum radiator questions

and also if i am running the liconln fan on my small block will a 2 core be enough or should i go 3 or 4 to be safe

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Re: aluminum radiator questions

Summit sells universal fit radiators that are made by Griffin Radiators.I bought one a few years back for $195 and spent another $100 to have a fab shop weld on some brackets to fit my 69. It was a 23'' double 1 1/4'' core all aluminum radiator.It worked flawless and kept my camaro cool during the hottest months here in Florida.I just recently sold it to a buddy to get one of Griffins direct fit models for my car. After 5 years in my car the inside of the old radiator looked new.When you do decide on a radiator make sure you use distilled water to make up your 50/50 mix of coolant.It has no minerals in it that will eat the aluminum.Griffin makes an excellent product,I am on my second radiator from them.The prices are steep but the quality is there and they do last if properly maintained.Good luck.

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Re: aluminum radiator questions

I installed a Summit Racing Direct-Fit radiator ($299.00) with built- in automatic trans cooler, two years ago. Installed a sacrificial zinc anode where the petcock is. Went with an aluminum radiator thinking it would help the 200-4R run cooler during the summer months.
Like Matt said, run distilled water 50/50 with coolant.

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I installed this in my 68 with a 396 bored .060 over...Been driving this in San Antonio Texas with no problems of over heating and the summer here get extremely hot...It was a direct fit with no mods and cost $299.00.

BrandBe Cool Manufacturer's Part Number10168Part TypeRadiatorsProduct LineBe Cool Aluminator Series RadiatorsSummit Racing Part NumberBCI-10168 Radiator Style Cross flow Overall Width (in)30.500 in. Overall Height (in)19.250 in. Overall Thickness (in)3.000 in. Row Quantity Dual-row Radiator Finish Natural Radiator Material Aluminum Transmission Cooler Inlet Location Upper driver side Inlet Size1 1/2 in. Outlet Location Lower passenger side Outlet Size1 3/4 in. Core Height (in)17.500 in.Core Thickness (in)2.000 in.Core Width (in)24.500 in.Tube Size 1 in.

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Re: aluminum radiator questions

The Champion brand sold on eBay by several vendors fits and functions well. They can be had for just a shade over $200. Lifetime warranty and sixty days to return it for full no questions asked refund including shipping cost. I left mine idling in the driveway last summer on a 95+ degree day for thirty minutes while fiddling with my EFI and the temp sensor in the intake refused to hit 180. It's the three row SBC model and I'm using a thermal clutch fan.

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The Champion brand sold on eBay by several vendors fits and functions well. They can be had for just a shade over $200. Lifetime warranty and sixty days to return it for full no questions asked refund including shipping cost. I left mine idling in the driveway last summer on a 95+ degree day for thirty minutes while fiddling with my EFI and the temp sensor in the intake refused to hit 180. It's the three row SBC model and I'm using a thermal clutch fan.

Here's where I bought mine.
http://stores.ebay.com/Ledfoot-Auto/...&_sid=72262664
Ditto on the Champion brand. When I got mine 2years ago they where out of 3core so they sold me a 4 for the same price! Never had an issue in the overheating dept. I run a juice up 402 in traffic all time.

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Re: aluminum radiator questions

I live in the desert and a 3-row brass radiator works great. If money is tight you might consider that. Make sure the rest of the system is working well - Clean radiator, good air flow with a properly installed fan and shroud, water pump in shape, etc.

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Make sure the rest of the system is working well - Clean radiator, good air flow with a properly installed fan and shroud, water pump in shape, etc.
That is the trick. Everything working well, a decent fan,and a good shroud.

I also have a Champion aluminum radiator,electric fan.

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I have the Summit "Direct Fit". The radiator is made in the US by Northern. http://www.northernfactory.com/store...80&itm_index=0 While not flashy, it fits and works well.


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Re: aluminum radiator questions

I have an AFCO rad in my 67, which cools my 406 with no problems. Bought it off ebay for $360 a few years ago. I recently installed a taurus fan with an independent controller and it works well, keeping the engine around 180-190*

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