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Old 01-13-2019, 04:32 AM   #1
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wondering if anyone wants to share their experiances buying a radiator off ebay or knows of a quality product to suit 39 mercury but local temps vary from 40C in summer to -5C in winter note this is a driver and used regulary not a pampered trailer queen
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:30 AM   #2
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I used a Walker radiator in my 37 and I am very happy with it. I think the aluminum ones look cheesy on a stock flathead.
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Walker, Hands down.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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Had a local company do mine using my old tanks.
I approached him with old school racing mentality (4 core, 13 Fins per inch, and "swirl cool" [dimpled] tubes).
He advocated newer technology 3 tubes and 15 fpi. Reason being the bigger tubes slow the water speed so much more and the other 2 fpi gives greater cooling area without sacrificing air flow. 15 fpi on a 4 core radiator slows the air flow too much. Kind of a delicate balance according to him

The side benefit is it looks like it belongs there. You really have to look to see the larger tubes since the core thickness is the same.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:47 AM   #5
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BTW, aussie merc
tankx for your comments about a driver. Everything we have done has been "purpose built"; intending the car to be driven on a regular basis. Pretty useless sitting in the garage
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:26 AM   #6
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The brass radiator was new when I bought my '47 four years ago. Don't know what brand/design it is; no problems with durability or cooling.

However wanted to comment that I read a lengthy test report published in a trucking magazine which compared brass vs. aluminum. As far as cooling efficiency it was close to a draw for comparable designs but prices for aluminum radiators higher AT THAT TIME. That said, one can then consider the issue of making repairs to radiators and to my knowledge brass wins it.

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Old 01-13-2019, 12:19 PM   #7
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A brass radiator will be way more expensive than an aluminum radiator!
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:45 AM   #8
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I've had an ebay Aluminium Champion radiator in my Forty for the last few years and it runs cool regardless of the weather.

It runs about 1/3 up the gauge in traffic and on the open road although it did get up to 1/2 way once climbing the Toowoomba range in the summer.

I filed the welds smooth on the top tank, painted it black and it looks good.
You could buy 3 of them for the price of a Walker or similar.

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Old 01-14-2019, 06:12 PM   #9
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yeh been hearing the same about a.d.c. seems they have dropped the ball big time PITY
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Best to be sitting down if you are getting yours re-cored or purchasing a brass one..
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:26 AM   #11
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I bought one from radiator express for my 1950 cpe fit perfect looks some what like the old one but my car is a driver and price is very easy on the wallet great product for me
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My vote is Brassworks in Paso Robles, CA Running a 4 row in my '39 p/u with an 8ba. Lee at Brassworks was very helpful with fitment issues and an all around good guy to deal with. JMO
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:42 PM   #13
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checked out walkers nice product but $5000 au by the the time its installed just about needed a jump start myself
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5000?? I think mine was 800.
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5000?? I think mine was 800.
You don't live In Australia.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:16 PM   #16
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I've been working away on a 50 for about a year now. Taking my time, it's gonna be my 70th birthday present to myself and I'm gonna drive it every day. Car came with a nasty looking truck radiator, a lot of flushing cleaning and soldering and it's somewhat usable. Gave me time to check out decent rad repair shops: "yeah, maybe there's a good shop in Shreveport", or, "Surely there must be somebody in Springfield." Or, "No, that old guy died." "That guy burned his shop down and ran away!"

So I, reluctantly, got an Asian made Champion brand aluminum one off ebay. $204 shipped. Fit perfectly, works so well I might have to put cardboard in front of it for the rest of my winter test drives. Been in there 8 or 9 months now.

For that price it now seems like a no-brainer. If I ever get me a real one, I'll have this for a spare.
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Walker, Hands down.
Problem with Walker is incorrect tank. The water neck on the 40 is all wrong. Should be on the side. Re-core an original if you care about correctness. Even the aluminum ones got it right. You can always paint the aluminum ones black.
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Old 01-16-2019, 05:30 PM   #18
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wondering if anyone wants to share their experiances buying a radiator off ebay or knows of a quality product to suit 39 mercury but local temps vary from 40C in summer to -5C in winter note this is a driver and used regulary not a pampered trailer queen
If its a everyday driver, do yourself a favour spend the extra for a Brassworks from US. I did & couldn't be happier. Not cheap & freight is getting up there but hopefully it will outlast me. Best quality I've seen.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:48 AM   #19
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another option ,But alloy is PWR,on the goldcoast,they make all the racing cars ones .VERY nice, they made one for my brothers Etype jag and it looks and works great.
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OR, you can buy a nicely made chinese one off ebay, ( yes some chinese stuff can be good quality)
I put one in my 38 pickup to try it out. The cost difference was huge compared to a new mainstream brand. I got them to make it to my dimensions taken from an original radiator. The only thing that I could fault was the visual welded seam. I have since read on this site, that you can grind that smooth, which would improve the look.
Now I have been running this for two years up here in Queensland with no overheating issues, apart from a vapour lock experience in the original fuel pump.
I was very careful to ground the radiator to the chassis with a seperate wire and I run rust inhibitor in the distilled water.
3 rows of tubes , at a cost of under 200$. Even if It needs replacing in 5 years its still cheap way out.
Just a thought, as I have also gone the recore route on my other vehicles at a cost of $1000 each.
PM me if you would like the company name( i will have to look it up as ot was awhile ago,
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