Every classic or antique auto enthusiast faces this decision sometime in their quest to build the machine that suits them to a T. My background is in cooling systems. I’m talking about radiators. There a lot of aftermarket copper and brass and aluminum replacement radiators to be had that will drop in. This route appeals to most because of cost. The letter codes and O.E. tags on G.M. passenger side tanks or Ford or Chrysler logos stamped on top tanks are of utmost importance to others. I cater to these people.
Usually one looks to replace a radiator because it leaks or is plugged up. There are still qualified technicians who can make quality repairs or unplug a radiator by a procedure called rodding out. This involves removing one tank; some call it the end cap or the jug. We use this term because it holds water. A thin steel rod is inserted through each tube, those which carry water through the radiator either from side to side or top to bottom. The radiator is then reassembled and tested. There are a few indicators to the experienced eye that a radiator may not be a good candidate for repair or rod out. Then a new core is recommended. The original tanks and sides or top and bottom channels are reused. The entire center section is replaced. There are a variety of core types that can be used. Most of the time the original look can be maintained. Sometimes original does not matter as much as efficiency. Prices vary with core types and dimension of core.
We can also help you with your vintage car a/c needs. If you are adding new air or restoring the original air, we can help you. We can provide you with an in dash or under dash unit to fit your vehicle. We also have universal units.
1929 HUDSON ESSEX
1953 WILLYS JEEP
1963 TRIUMPH TR4