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    Default Holden 308 Radiators, Cease Production

    I have run around multiple places in Melbourne and is the Copper/Brass radiator to suit a VB-VK V8 (5Ltr) ceased now...no one stocks these and all I can find are Aluminum radiators ?

    My only option is for this one to be repaired but that $500 just for that...

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    Brand newy on the bay. Item 200713424460.
    Could get the necks tweaked and would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnz View Post
    Brand newy on the bay. Item 200713424460.
    Could get the necks tweaked and would work.
    that number does not exist on evilbay

    try this 221523638873

    or here - https://www.radiatorwholesalers.com....6-auto/391.htm

    Natrad still do 'em too...
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    That part number suits for a VN and up...Will this fit in replacement for a stock VH V8 radiator (same size) ???

    Oh darn it...NATRAD is the last place I have not called yet, hopefully cheaper then $500 for a new radiator...hmm...

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    Just found the size specs and VN and up are larger the VH V8.

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    VB to VK have the bottom neck about a 1/4 the way up. VL onwards wont fit.
    Last time I saw a new one here it was $700
    Last time mine went to the rad shop for clean out/repair/birthday it was under $200.

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    Buy an alloy one for under 200 on ebay

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    given the option, I'd rather copper, they transfer heat better anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E B View Post
    given the option, I'd rather copper, they transfer heat better anyway.
    More to it than just heat transfer though, in the end you might end up at the same point temp wise.

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    Have you tried Adrad?

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    hi
    The lack off longevity from modern copper radiators is pathetic . The fins can rot away with evidence showing around 2yo . By the 3yo--4yo mark radiator fins will be seriously corroded /missing . By comparison A factory Toyota radiator lasts around 10years . Experienced this at least 3 different occasions .

    Copper is great when its made properly .

    Alloy radiators suffer quality issues also , so finding a lasting unit can be difficult .

    Even the material can be recycled . Generally recycled alloy is a good chance of being poor quality . Poor alloy corrodes easily ,goes soft ,goes porous . Don't forget the tubes & fins can be very thin also .

    The difference between quality units and not is HUGE . Many times even the supplier does not no the full specs from his supplier . If they cannot get it for u they may be using low quality cores etc .

    For a high performance rad ASK QUESTIONS . At around 1000$ your entitled to no .

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    My original factory rad is 30 years old and has had 2 tune ups in that time. Just like new. Plenty of life left.
    And recently bought another 2nd hand one for another early commo for $80.
    Would never go with a cheap alum one.

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    ADRAD and NTRAD don't sell them anymore I have called this morning and neither do others I have called or they want ridiculous $$$ for them.

    Currently getting a quote on repairing my current rad but font think it will be any cheaper then $500 ��

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    I have a dozen of so original HK to HQ SBC radiators that I have aquired over the years, and have been slowly using the cores which are still perfect. I used my 2nd last HQ 350 core in my Overlander, and have one of those left for a HG GTS350. Used a perfect near 50 year old HK core recently for a HK V8 GTS. My old ’57 Chevy is still kicking around on its original core too. So what Swampy says is spot on, use originals wherever possible.

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    The amount of metal in the fins has diminished over the years. The pic on the left shows an original Torana core, compared to the one on the right which has the later Natrad replacement.
    L34 A9X core (2)small.jpg L34 A9X replacement core (2)small.jpg

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