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1/16/10 11:23pm - Original Message: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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E-Bay has quite a few aluminum radiators for a C3 that range in price from around $150.00 to 250.00.   These prices got my attention.
Does anyone have any experience with these lower priced aluminum radiators?
From what I've heard here and elsewhere, the best aluminum radiators for a C3 come from DeWitts for around $500.00.
Any opinions?
 
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1/16/10 11:36pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Hey Kevin, I paid $120 for mine and it works just fine.You don't have to spend a ton of money.
Are you having problems with your stock one?
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1/16/10 11:52pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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No problems with the current stock radiator.

(I'm possibly going to be getting a rebuilt motor real cheap from a friend. I'm thinking in terms of "while I'm at it" with the radiator.)
I'm encouraged to hear your good review of your radiator and how little it cost.
I just might be able to pull this off!
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1/17/10 9:59am - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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I bought mine from a dealer that I saw was still on there. Excellent quality and price Thumbs Up - I think mine came out to about $300 with shipping. It actually looks sturdier than the Dewitts...

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1/17/10 9:34pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Hey, I hope we can keep this thread going. A lot of us would like an aluminum rad. but I can't afford the 5 bills. I never thought to look on ebay. Guess I'd heard somewhere that Chinese alum. rads were the bunk. I'd love to find out that's not true.

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1/17/10 11:27pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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I'd hate to have to do it again if I got stuck with junk.
E-Bay shows a C3 "three row" aluminum radiator from "Leadfoot Racing" for $200.00 + shipping.
Dave and Paul,
What vendors did you get yours from? Figure I'll stick with a winner.
 
 
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1/18/10 12:25am - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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I don't remember the brand name of mine, got it from a friend who is an auto parts distrubitor.
You should PM "My7T1" (Terry) he owns a radiator shop in Mich. I know he will help you out. He helped me a lot with my AC.
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1/18/10 1:07am - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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The name of the Ebay business I bought from was Entropy. These are hand made to order in the U.S.

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1/18/10 9:26am - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Here's a link to Entropy for a 77-82 Radiator

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3/2/10 9:55pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Haven't bought the radiator yet. Soon enough.

Today I pulled the Vette out of the garage and let it run. I had the hood up and was looking at the radiator and what surrounds it.
 
Question is.....Does the hood have to be removed in order to change out the radiator?


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3/2/10 10:29pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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[QUOTE=KDADDY79]Question is.....Does the hood have to be removed in order to change out the radiator?[/QUOTE]
 
Actually doesn't have to be, but it's a lot easier,... if you have the extra hands to help you lift it off. If you do, just give a little shot of spray paint on the bolts to positively mark their previous location before you remove them, and be gentle on the first lowering of the hood, once replaced, just to be sure you've nailed it (the previous location). 


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3/2/10 10:48pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Thanks Ace!
I might just tough it out and leave the hood on. I'd hate to open up a can of worms trying to get the hood realigned correctly.
 
Now all I need to do is get off my rear end and order the darn thing!!! LOL


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3/3/10 1:46pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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I didn't remove my hood and was able to remove and replace my radiator.  No problem for me.
  Did it by myself and didn't need any help.

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3/3/10 8:34pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Done it both ways and hood off is definitely easier.  That said, hood off is only easier with at least two and alignment takes a bit of practice even with making alignment marks.

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3/4/10 9:22pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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I did it with hood off.. seemed akward with hood on. I ran a felt tip marker around the hood hinge and alignment went back easy... definitely need 2 to take off and on again...

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3/4/10 9:41pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Hood on by yourself is more awkward the shorter and weaker you are - the rad basically slides out at a similar angle to the hood when it's propped open - highly recommend removing the hood. Just score around the hinges for alignment to re-install. My hood has been on and off a dozen or more times - never damaged any paint...

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3/30/10 5:48pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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The new aluminum radiator arrived. I'm hoping to start the install on it early next week.

2 Questions;

1) Is a 16 lb. radiator cap correct for a '79 C3?

2) Am I OK continuing to use a 180 degree T-stat?

 P.S. I'll be replacing the seals around the radiator, too.
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3/30/10 8:52pm - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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I'm thinkin' ,.......yes and yes. And the air dam seals are a must. Careful when purchasing the cap. There are 2 types out there these days, vented and NOT. Ours aren't vented.

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3/31/10 8:58am - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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Hey Ace,

16 lbs. and NOT VENTED for the cap and the T-stat can stay.

Thanks for your reply.
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4/7/10 5:22am - Reply: 'Aluminum Radiators'
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 Entropy is the ebay company I got mine from - great radiator two years running now. I got the dual fan radiator and bought their wire harness kit. I initially hooked up the dual fans with the stock fan connections, but that melted the plug... when I installed the harness with all the relays, fuses and correct gauge wiring, the fans came to life and the CFM flow increased greatly!
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