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    Copper brass radiators

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    I've got an 88 GQ TD42t and the stock copper brass radiator has a broken overflow nipple. I'm tossing up between getting it repaired or just buying a new radiator since I don't know the history of my radiator other than the fact it was rebuilt about 5 years ago.

    Does anyone have experience with copper brass radiators from Auto Parts Supply online? It seems like a decent OEM style radiator for fairly cheap.
    https://www.autopartssupply.com.au/n...copper-suit-rd

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    @mudski, @MB I believe have been thru this - OEM or validate copy is the go I believe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeBee View Post
    @mudski, @MB I believe have been thru this - OEM or validate copy is the go I believe?
    Yeah I had a custom copper brass rad, was about $700, can't remember the mob who made it now...Then went back to OEM style Koyorad branded ally rad. Zero different in cooling I found.
    As for the OP. Just by looking at their shop, they might be selling chinese imports. The quality of materials used might be questionable. EG. Is the copper real copper or a blend of lead and whatever else is cheap at the time.

    Radicool I think was the mob who did my copper brass rad. I think...

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    re-solder the overflow nipple. Just need a wire brush, flux, solder and gas torch. Done in under 15 minutes. DIY cost = S.F.A.
    If you were in the 'Gong I'd say bring it over with a few beers one afternoon = easy as.
    If the radiator is only 5 years old it's got another 15 years in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arfa Brayne View Post
    re-solder the overflow nipple. Just need a wire brush, flux, solder and gas torch. Done in under 15 minutes. DIY cost = S.F.A.
    If you were in the 'Gong I'd say bring it over with a few beers one afternoon = easy as.
    If the radiator is only 5 years old it's got another 15 years in it.
    Yeah I reckon any decent radiator mob could give it an acid bath, solder up the broken joint for way less than a new radiator.

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    If the existing radiator is doing its job, that is, keeping g your engine cool enough, then just save the money and get it repaired.
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    Yep. A mechanic recommended the same thing, today. If it is in good nick, get it repaired. I got mine done four years ago. It needs to be done again, but it is still way cheaper than a new one.

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    Thanks guys, thats the info I was after. I'll get it repaired instead of replacing it with something cheap.
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