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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 5th, 19, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator Restoration Questions

I want to get my original radiator re-cored and restored to factory original for my '68. Any shop recommendations in Southeast Michigan? Also, it is a 2-row original radiator and I am unsure if I should upgrade to 3-row. There's an old saying "more is better" but is it really necessary for a stock car? The car is original 327 2bbl power glide automatic without A/C. I'm not changing engines, or making a street rod out of it. It's never had any overheat problems. It's just old crusty radiator core with a few leaks that I want to repair right the first time to be worry-free so I am thinking a new core may be the way to go.
I welcome your advice and suggestions. Thank you!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old May 6th, 19, 07:13 AM
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I just had my original 2-row radiator re-cored. I was debating new vs. re-core and wanted to retain a stock look. Options were the US Radiator new radiator vs. re-coring. My car is a 67 with 327 4bbl (started life as a 2bbl). As the car is new to me, I don't know if the car had cooling issues but the PO said no..

When I figured out my radiator was original (at least the end tanks as it had been re-cored before) I decided to go with the re-core.

I went with Lake Zurich Radiator (lakezurichradiator.com) in the Chicago area. I was impressed with the owner's knowledge and saw a Z28 radiator in his shop that was receiving a full concours restoration with proper top rails, tag, etc.

They recommended a 3-row so I did that. The result was very nice. It was a bit more $ than the new stock-look but worth it to me to keep the original in the car.

It is now in the car and looks and works great.

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Sounds like a very original car!

Does your original radiator have the Harrison tank stamping? Does it have the code plate? If you have both and want to keep it original, then you should rebuild the radiator just like original. Keep it 2 row. It's more expensive and it's not the best way to cool your engine but it keeps it original. Since you have not had cooling issues, then I'd keep it just the way it is. 2 row. It is Literally the only reason you would recore an original is to keep it original.

Make sure the shop keeps the original code tags.

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Re: Radiator Restoration Questions

Thanks everyone. Yes, mine is is original with proper tanks and tag. I'm going with 3-row recore with proper top rail.
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