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    Default Alloy Radiator quality vs price

    Is the quality drastically different ????
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    Cold case 370$ usd ... 700Aud delivered
    Griffin 750usd not even going to bother +++PLUS transport and taxes

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    PWR Rad 1300$ delivered

    ALL above have 2 x 1.25 tubes and trans cooler

    Anyone have experience with the USA brands ?????

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    Mate I got a Worley radiator for the VH. It was around $190. Pretty sure itís a Aussie middleman who has a source of cores from China.
    The trick is they do 2 styles. One is 57mm core and the other 63mm. I only had to trim the rad support a bit to clear the tanks.
    Long story short I have driven a Qld 33degree peak hour with a single 14in hi flow Davis Craig fan. It doesnít overheat.
    Maybe I was lucky. Who knows.


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    hi
    Worley, not suitable for application small tubes , core area not big enough. Would suit a very mild build. Thanks for suggestion.

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    I think I paid 120 bucks for a chinese ally rad with plastic tanks from autobarn, seems to work ok.

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    http://raceradiators.com.au/

    These guys are the Aussie version of Griffin.

    I like the cheapo chinese radiators as well, I dont care what they look like, they just seem to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HQ 368 View Post
    http://raceradiators.com.au/

    These guys are the Aussie version of Griffin.

    I like the cheapo chinese radiators as well, I dont care what they look like, they just seem to work.
    Race radiators is who I got the current rad for the race car from ... beautifully made
    up for cooling 600hp in my case . They customise it for your fan set up too

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    I've used Afco double pass with no problems at all, used with an electric water pump.
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    I've seen a couple of people use factory VE 6.0L radiators (and the factory electric fans) on H-series. Apparently they work really well.

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    hi
    Hq308 good idea .. Might drop by the wreckers and measure one .

    Smitty2 & HQ368
    Tried and quoted on Race. They cannot do internal trans cooler . Aircon condenser gets in the way little or no room for external cooler.


    Certain members are using Camaro radiators 2 core cross flow in Melb


    Difference is not only build quality but the quality of material. Cheap cars use aluminium parts/materials that have very very good likley hood of corrosion badly even if compromised a small amount . Quality aluminium lasts along time .

    The Cold Case radiator is made 100% in Thailand . I have seen one at a car show attached to a 383sbc although
    I donot no the owner .. I suspected it was a Cold Case but had to confirm after wards .
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    Mate of mine that has a 400 Pontiac engine in a HQ has fitted a VE radiator, but it was not a direct fit, had to do some cobbling.

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    Also block off any bleed-off areas around and above the radiator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conrod0 View Post
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    Also block off any bleed-off areas around and above the radiator.
    yup....always forget about that aspect of this as I am using the genuine Holden
    police setup that does that (being that I have a genuine BT1 Interceptor as a base for the race car)

    I also use the rad top baffle as well


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    Quote Originally Posted by GtoGeoff View Post
    Mate of mine that has a 400 Pontiac engine in a HQ has fitted a VE radiator, but it was not a direct fit, had to do some cobbling.

    Nice monaro that one.

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    And quick too!

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    Hi there, I bought a $215 radiator of Ebay , sourced from America. suit 85 Camaro. Run with AU fans, had it a long time now. Run a 406 SBC with 650HP. Can sit in bumper to bumper traffic all day in 38 deg heat. Lucky to get to 190 deg. I like Race Radiators but $$$ are a bit of a hindrance for some people. Not necessarily will work any better .

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