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Username Post: alum. rad. ?        (Topic#358927)
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11-24-19 04:52 PM - Post#2780892    

I am looking at alum. radiators for my 56 race car.
on ebay I see 2 & 3 row units. not worried about weight. but cooling is most important.
so which is better a 2 or 3 row.
any recommends about buy or not buy as far as sellers?
thanks Rod in AZ


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11-24-19 05:02 PM - Post#2780893    
    In response to rod

Depends on the size of the tubes. Naturally a 3 row with the same size tubes would be better.

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11-25-19 05:56 AM - Post#2780904    
    In response to rod

Can't say about a race car but I am using a Champion 3-row in my 53 Chevy cruiser with a 310 HP Blueprint 355. It does a great job. Had it in since 2014 with no problems. Based on my experience with the 3-row, I would use that..


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11-25-19 08:41 AM - Post#2780910    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Nothing wrong with an aluminum radiator just as long as is its not made in China. Chinese radiators have epoxied cooling tubes instead of being Tig welded. Can't be repaired they are throw aways. How much quality can you expect for less then $150.00?

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11-25-19 09:43 AM - Post#2780915    
    In response to rod

Not sure of your budget but I suggest you check out "Performance Rod and Custom". They have been a great sponsor of the site for many years.

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11-25-19 04:46 PM - Post#2780941    
    In response to Tri5man

My Chinese radiator is welded not epoxied. Have had it for 4-5 years.

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11-27-19 11:48 AM - Post#2781074    
    In response to rod

"any recommends about buy or not buy as far as sellers?"

If I read your post correctly you are asking opinions.
I wonder how much HP you are dealing with, 500, 1000?
Are you running a water pump?
Or is it thermo siphon type cooling?
Are you looking for a vertical tube or a horizontal tube radiator?
You can get more area of square inches of BTU exchange with a multi tube horizontal radiator than a multi tube vertical radiator.
Like those rads that go from fender to fender and are usually polished to the max.
Maybe just a brass 4 row horizontal?
You need the most square inches of area you can get to distribute the heat and get rid of it with the biggest fan you can get.
I would look at name brand, reputable place of purchase, like the place mentioned above or one of the big after market boutiques.
A picture or more info would help with the opinions.

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Edited by Bad56Sedan on 11-27-19 11:50 AM. Reason for edit: its a shame when you have to re-read and re-edit your post to avoid the critics

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11-27-19 06:56 PM - Post#2781122    
    In response to Bad56Sedan

I got my aluminum radiator from Speedway. It's been in the car since 2014.

I would say it cools to well. I am running a 160 thermostat but will be changing it out for a 180 during the rebuild. The engine is a 350 with a mild cam, headers and TBI fuel injection. Definitely not a firebreather but, with the A/C running the car hardly hits the thermostat in or out of traffic.


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