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Aluminum Radiators
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I'm seeing a lot of Aluminum radiators from various online stores in the $125-$200 price range, and summit wants $343 for theirs. Is their any reason not to go with a cheaper Radiator? Any suggestions/experiences? Thanks.
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Omie01;243401 Wrote:I'm seeing a lot of Aluminum radiators from various online stores in the $125-$200 price range, and summit wants $343 for theirs. Is their any reason not to go with a cheaper Radiator? Any suggestions/experiences? Thanks.

Maybe Summits is built in the USA and the others aren't?

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Are they universal or direct fit? Direct fit have the fittings in the proper locations and are bolt on. I got the BeCool radiator and it slipped right in and is rated up to 750HP. It has a lot of cross-flow tubes and additional fluid capacity. Post the ones that you are looking at.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

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#4
I got a cheaper "Northern" brand from e-bay for a "ford intermediate" application. I had to re-bend the trans lines and the stock fan shroud does not fit.

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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#5
I don't know how to post the ones I am looking at, but they do appear to be direct fit, One even has little pads welded to it to use our radiator mounts. I will see if I can figure out how to post a couple here.
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(10-08-2015, 05:41 AM)Omie01 Wrote: I don't know how to post the ones I am looking at, but they do appear to be direct fit, One even has little pads welded to it to use our radiator mounts. I will see if I can figure out how to post a couple here.
Highlight the page address that shows up at the top of the browser and then paste it in the post.

1971 M-code Mach 1

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
4-wheel disc brakes
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#7
My neighbor is a machinist who spend years as a QA guy at Harrison Radiator. When I spent big bucks on an aluminum Griffin radiator for my 69 resto mod vert he stopped over to check it out.

What I learned is that the fins all have distinctive structural mini stamping that affects airflow which in the end determines the cooling efficiency of the core. (BTW: the Griffin had excellent structural stamping). His job used to involve checking other manufacturers for infringing on copyrighted fin structure. There is also fin thickness, fin angle, metal composition, etc to take into account.

So, as usual, it comes down to you get what you pay for. For example, if the fins are smooth, the air flow will be too fast and have minimal cooling effect. If it is made properly (something that might be lacking in overseas products), it should work fine. Just throwing this in for consideration.
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#8
Many of the inexpensive radiators have "plastic" tanks as do many newer OEM radiators. While it may work, I feel it would look terrible. Just one opinion. Chuck
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http://performancecooling.com/1971-1972-...-radiator/ I was thinking about this radiator, seems nice at a good price.
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Omie01;243501 Wrote:http://performancecooling.com/1971-1972-...-radiator/ I was thinking about this radiator, seems nice at a good price.

Just looking at this briefly one thing sticks out really quick for me. The mounting for the radiator uses two brackets to attach it and the pic of the radiator you listed shows you might have to modify it. My radiator is flat on the top and bottom so it fits in the stock location. I have circled the two mounts that I am referring to.


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-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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