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eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« on: Wednesday,January 29, 2014, 10:06:37 AM »
I received the Aluminum Radiator yesterday. This is one I purchased from eBay and made in China. As I suspected all mounting studs and the bung for the otter switch are Metric. The studs are M6 and the bung is M16 X 1.5. Overall the radiator seems to be well made. I confirmed there is a baffle plate welded inside to divide the tank on the inlet and outlet side. I wish I had snagged one when they were $130.00, but am satisfied with the $248.00 price which included shipping.



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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday,January 29, 2014, 12:00:40 PM »
Hi Joe,

The radiator looks the part, let's hope it works as well as it looks.

I wish I had snagged one up too for $130!


Can you see if the core is brazed or epoxied?


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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday,January 29, 2014, 03:51:10 PM »
All seams are brazed.
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #3 on: Thursday,January 30, 2014, 07:05:39 AM »
Great buy, Joe. I purchased an aluminum radiator during a group buy on the yahoo site. The cost was about $350, which I thought was fair. Your deal is certainly much better than that. Cheers.
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #4 on: Friday,January 31, 2014, 02:32:28 PM »
Out with the old and in with the new. Fan transferred and screen installed.It will be interesting to see if there is any difference. Now what to do with the old radiator. I had it cleaned and pressure tested and never had an opportunity to use it.So it is fresh and ready for use.  :confused:

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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #5 on: Friday,January 31, 2014, 08:44:10 PM »
I sent off for one of those radiators (unfortunately not soon enough to get the deal you did! Which fan did you use? Where did you get it? What is the cfm?
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #6 on: Saturday,February 01, 2014, 08:12:39 AM »
Out with the old and in with the new. Fan transferred and screen installed.It will be interesting to see if there is any difference. Now what to do with the old radiator. I had it cleaned and pressure tested and never had an opportunity to use it.So it is fresh and ready for use.  :confused:

Joe, looks like you mounted the aftermarket fan to the original stud location on the radiator. How did you modify the fan to make it fit. Looks pretty clean compared to my solution.

Keep the original radiator, never know when you might need it again.

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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #7 on: Sunday,February 02, 2014, 01:52:50 PM »
Out with the old and in with the new. Fan transferred and screen installed.It will be interesting to see if there is any difference. Now what to do with the old radiator. I had it cleaned and pressure tested and never had an opportunity to use it.So it is fresh and ready for use.  :confused:

Joe, looks like you mounted the aftermarket fan to the original stud location on the radiator. How did you modify the fan to make it fit. Looks pretty clean compared to my solution.

Keep the original radiator, never know when you might need it again.
I cut one of the brackets off and positioned it to accomidate the new fan, then brazed back into place. I did the same thing on the aluminum radiator.
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #8 on: Monday,February 03, 2014, 04:53:30 PM »
I sent off for one of those radiators (unfortunately not soon enough to get the deal you did! Which fan did you use? Where did you get it? What is the cfm?
That is a Spal 10" fan. 1350 m3 / hour
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #9 on: Monday,February 03, 2014, 06:04:06 PM »
Thanks, Joe. Did I do my math right? 1350 m3/hr = ~800 cfm? What is your engine like? Does it keep it cool?
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday,February 04, 2014, 09:27:03 AM »
Yes the math is pretty close. 794 cubic feet per minute.
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday,February 04, 2014, 07:27:16 PM »
Just got my new aluminum radiator. It looks like it's well made. I'm a little disappointed that the core wasn't the full thickness but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't be efficient. I read somebody on the yahoo group complain that the studs on the bottom were a strange size but they are just metric. Choosing a fan and installing it is next but "next" is after I get the rear end put back together!  :)

Have you had it in your car yet? Any experiences to relate?

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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday,February 05, 2014, 09:24:05 AM »
I have already installed mine. No issues to report...a straight replacement. I can confirm the studs on the bottom studs are M6. And the bung for otter switch is M16 X 1.5.
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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday,February 05, 2014, 02:34:12 PM »
Glad to hear it! Continued good luck!

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Re: eBay Aluminum Radiator from China
« Reply #14 on: Friday,March 21, 2014, 09:06:58 PM »
FYI
These eBay radiators were recently priced at $279 and coming from China.  They are now priced at $233 and in the US.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=351013184483&ssPageName=ADME:X:PROI:US:3160
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