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vegas_vintage
01-12-2007, 09:41 AM
just noticed i have a nice little leak coming out of the radiator.. is there a place online i can get a radiator for my studey.. or no?
radiator shop quoted $70-$90 if it's not the core.. and $350-$450 to recore.. please let me know if they're way off.. or if i can buy one and do it myself.. i'd rather.

** danielle m. **

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JDP
01-12-2007, 10:11 AM
New radiators are not available, you'll need a good used unit, or repair/recore yours.

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showbizkid
01-12-2007, 02:44 PM
Danielle, good to see you back!

That sounds like a high price for a recore. I just did mine for a V8 car and it only cost $270. Still not pocket change, but less that what you've been quoted. I'd shop around a little if I were you.


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dictator27
01-12-2007, 02:50 PM
Hi Danielle
If the leak isn't too bad, get a can of radiator sealant from your local auto parts store. This is postponing the inevitable, but it should hold long enough to put the necessary cash together for a permanent fix.

Terry

vegas_vintage
01-12-2007, 02:56 PM
thank you guys so much for your help. my studebaker mechanic doesn't do radiators, so i needed some alternate advice.
he has helped me alot over these past few months though!

i've overhauled the brakes, put in a studebaker carb that was redone, changed all the locks back to original studebaker locks and the ignition switch so the keys matched, got a light bulb for my speedometer! woo! pretty exciting stuff... i've never put that much money into a car before.. but i'm actually pretty excited about it. it just seems like it's one thing after another though, i get tired of pulling more money out to fix stuff that the previous owner should've been upkeeping, but hey...

i did put some of the stop up stuff in it, i will definitely shop around. thanks for the advice, i always appreciate it!

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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65cruiser
01-12-2007, 04:02 PM
I just picked up my radiator from a local repair shop. It had a leak in the top corner at the top of the core. They charged me $30 to fix the leak, and solder a loose support back on the tank.


quote:Originally posted by vegas_vintage

thank you guys so much for your help. my studebaker mechanic doesn't do radiators, so i needed some alternate advice.
he has helped me alot over these past few months though!

i've overhauled the brakes, put in a studebaker carb that was redone, changed all the locks back to original studebaker locks and the ignition switch so the keys matched, got a light bulb for my speedometer! woo! pretty exciting stuff... i've never put that much money into a car before.. but i'm actually pretty excited about it. it just seems like it's one thing after another though, i get tired of pulling more money out to fix stuff that the previous owner should've been upkeeping, but hey...

i did put some of the stop up stuff in it, i will definitely shop around. thanks for the advice, i always appreciate it!

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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showbizkid
01-12-2007, 04:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by vegas_vintage

i've overhauled the brakes, put in a studebaker carb that was redone, changed all the locks back to original studebaker locks and the ignition switch so the keys matched, got a light bulb for my speedometer! woo! pretty exciting stuff... i've never put that much money into a car before.. but i'm actually pretty excited about it. it just seems like it's one thing after another though, i get tired of pulling more money out to fix stuff that the previous owner should've been upkeeping, but hey...

Yeah, I know, an old car seems like it's always nickeling and diming you to death. But look at it from the other direction: You have an excellent, well-built vehicle that you don't have to make payments on (with interest!), that costs you less to insure, that you don't have to worry about ever getting smog checks :D. I know it seems like you keep spending, but in reality, even withe all the stuff you're fixing, you're dollars ahead compared to the big payments you'd be spending on a new plastic car.

Plus, in a Studebaker, you don't often see yourself coming down the road! [^]


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CHAMP
01-12-2007, 04:50 PM
If your Lark was not overheating and just leaking coolant you probably just need a leak repair and not a recore. But only an honest radiator person can tell you for sure.

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

garyash
01-12-2007, 07:10 PM
Radiator cores do rot. If yours is leaking, and not just a seam leak that can be soldered, then you will need a new radiator or a re-core job. It's not surprising that you were quoted $400 for recoring. However, give a call to Dennis Lambert at SASCO (800) 722-4295. Be prepared to tell him the details about the car - 6 or 8 cyl., manual or auto trans, etc. SASCO has many NOS radiators in stock and Dennis knows which ones will interchange. I recently bought one for my '63 Wagonaire with 6 cylinder engine. It might be about 1/2 the cost of recoring. Putting it in is pretty simple. You might want to replace the radiator hoses when you do it.

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vegas_vintage
01-12-2007, 08:11 PM
ohh! *** more info! love it! :)
but.. unlike what you said above.. i AM making payment and interest! what gal my age has thousands of dollars? i dunno?? :D
but it's ok! and my insurance is normal, cause i drive it everyday..

and you're right! i don't see myself coming.. but everyone around me LOVES me car and that makes it ALL worth it! [8D]

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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John Kirchhoff
01-12-2007, 08:56 PM
Danielle, since it's winter here in Missouri, you might try pouring some stop leak in the radiator and loosening up the radiator cap. Not all the way off, but so that only the last (or is that first?) notch is holding it on. It'll be loose, but that way your cooling system won't build up pressure like it's supposed to. I did that on my 33 year old grain truck several years ago and that stopped it from seeping water. I have to add some maybe twice a year, but it's never overheated, even when slogging around in the hay field in the middle of summer. If it does want to boil over come hot weather, you can worry about fixing the radiator at that time but at least you should have a little breathing room in the meantime. I'm north of Columbia and we've had ice and sleet all day. If you haven't got it, it sounds like you will and cold, icy weather isn't the time to be worrying about a radiator. You save that for July. Right now you're supposed to be worrying about the heater or defroster!

Oh, nice smile you have there!

raprice
01-15-2007, 01:31 PM
One of the beauties of those older radiators is the fact that they're made of copper and can be brazed for repair. Shop around.
Modern radiators are disposable and really can't be repaired.
Nice Lark.
Rog:)

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CHAMP
01-15-2007, 03:40 PM
I just had to solder the radiator in my 48 champion yesterday. I used a small propane torch, some acid core solder, and a small wire brush. The secret to soldering is to get everything real clean! BTW make sure you drain the radiator first!!!

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

StudeDave
01-15-2007, 08:54 PM
in Chicago, we have a Chain called Cool-Heat, with about 40 Mexzicans that do GREAT WORK on ANY Old Radiator - -UnLike the NEW- Mostly Plastic Crap, these can be Soldered and FIXED! - -Find somebody locally, with a GOOD Reputation, and GO With THEM!
THEN, pass the WORD on to your Local Chapter! AND, with Larry Swanson, so he can put them in the GUIDE! {AND with your STATE Regional Manager, as well - HE'll SHARE Your Good Fortune with all the chapters in the state!]
When you Walk In, if you don't get a Good VIBE, Walk OUT!
The ONLY way we can Survive in this OLD CAR STUFF, is to get GOOD LEADS,GOOD EXPERIENCES and SHARE THEM!
BEST of Luck!
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StudeDave
01-15-2007, 08:59 PM
by the way, in about 1963, I took my [now 38 year married wife] home from church in a VERY SIMILAR '59 Lark, which ALREADY had the passenger-side floor-boards rusted-out, so she had to sit CLOSE, in the MIDDLE of the seat...and the REST is HISTORY! [this was in Central Michigan, where they put BRINE on the roads, from out-classed oil wells, winter [for ice] and summer [for dust], and it's now the county that has the MOST CANCER per capita in the STATE!

Dave Reid

showbizkid
01-15-2007, 09:39 PM
If we're talking favorite shops, in North San Diego County I recommend S&S Radiator King in Oceanside, on Tremont around the corner from Wisconsin. They've been there for about 50 years and do great work at good prices.


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ST2DE5
01-16-2007, 12:01 PM
Hey Danielle! Who is your Studebaker mechanic in Springfield? Are you a member of the Ozark Trails SDC?

vegas_vintage
01-25-2007, 01:04 AM
my studebaker mechanic is myron mcdonald. he's AMAZING! i'm so excited he lives just 20 miles from me! woohoo!

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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vegas_vintage
01-25-2007, 01:06 AM
and yes! i am a member of the studebaker drivers club.. i have the sticker proudly posted in my rear windshield!

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ST2DE5
01-25-2007, 09:51 AM
I need to talk to Myron. I have 2 Lark radiators in the barn that are in the way. He just might need them.

vegas_vintage
01-26-2007, 12:06 AM
well if you would have one that would fit my 59 lark vi let me know. i need a different one that doesn't have a hole in it!
thanks!

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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65cruiser
01-26-2007, 07:15 AM
Hey, would could start a new group, the "hole under the hood gang".

:D


quote:Originally posted by vegas_vintage

well if you would have one that would fit my 59 lark vi let me know. i need a different one that doesn't have a hole in it!
thanks!

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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vegas_vintage
01-26-2007, 08:41 AM
woohoo! let's do it! i love being in clubs! :)
no but really.. seriously.. i love my car.. regardless of it's hole.

:D

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


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