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    Default Anyone know a good radiator man?

    Gíday Folks

    Not strictly a Holden V8 question but Iím after someone to do a special radiator for me.

    Itís a project for a friend who has come up against a few challenges and it hasnít run for at least five years.

    It needs customisation as the car isnít in any way standard and has a much reduced frontal section.

    I did my usual thing last night of going through an old catalogue to try and find something close to dimension but the close things are all plastic tanked which means I canít move the fittings or braze on anything.

    Iím in Ballarat but Iím happy to travel a reasonable radius.

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    ... the guys at RACE Radiators in Dandenong build custom radiators
    in whatever size and spec you want (and to suit your fan set up)
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    hi
    Race do 98% of what PWR do but also a little cheaper .

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    Thanks folks, I’ll give them a call.

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    hi
    Both Race and PWR have to be pushed a little to get exactly what the customer wants . Its mainly the customer service is a little casual in attitude .
    IE eventually Pwr made exactly the radiator I wanted once I was speaking to the actual draftsmen ..

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    I have only used Race radiators for my last 3, one daily driver 350 SBC. I haven't even topped up the level in that for over 4 years. It's actually surprised me how amazing that has been. My Camaro (632 BCC) that sees lots of street time, the thing never gets over around 90 degrees (C) - I run twin thermos on the Camaro and a plastic clutch in the Buick (the SBC)
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    Thanks folks, it looks like RACE are the go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampy View Post
    hi
    Both Race and PWR have to be pushed a little to get exactly what the customer wants . Its mainly the customer service is a little casual in attitude .
    IE eventually Pwr made exactly the radiator I wanted once I was speaking to the actual draftsmen ..
    I stood in the workshop at RACE... with the guy who owns it. Had a LONG discussion on size, water flow, temps etc with him and 2 others
    plus during that they provided hints on fan mounting... and in the end I got what I and they thought would work best
    (and for a few shekels less than the off-the-shelf PWR product)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2 View Post
    I stood in the workshop at RACE... with the guy who owns it. Had a LONG discussion on size, water flow, temps etc with him and 2 others
    plus during that they provided hints on fan mounting... and in the end I got what I and they thought would work best
    (and for a few shekels less than the off-the-shelf PWR product)


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    Looks good Smitty. What type and model thermo fans do you have?

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    Hi
    with any luck my PWR turns up next 2 weeks
    Once I established who is best to speak to detailed / fine dimensions were catered for

    shroud mounting
    elec fan senders were incorporated x2 different threads --in the positions i wanted
    PWR core size and overall size is on the small size compared to factory , mine is pumped up in size
    water to oil cooler fitted in bottom tank
    drain fitted in bot tank

    yes many places could not do even these basic requests

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    Quote Originally Posted by 46Crab View Post
    Looks good Smitty. What type and model thermo fans do you have?
    slightly oversize VB-VK early Commodore style crossflow... both higher (hence tilted cap connection) and wider ....and thicker of course
    but with allowances for police aero panel block-off pack ( I have a genuine BT1 still with the GM kit fitted to highway patrol interceptors.. still using panels highlighted see pic)

    and the Thermos are Mondeo (better fit overall for this sized rad than the previous AUs)

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