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royvaldez
06-03-2010, 08:01 PM
Just got back from the radiator shop. I just got my 51 stude champion radiator back. I was given prices to record this puppy from $400.00 to $500.00. They state that the cost of copper has raised the cost of repairing Radiators. Luckly, My radiator did not need to be recorded. But what up. Has anyone received costs on recording lately. I am in N. Ca.

bams50
06-03-2010, 08:08 PM
You mean "recore", right? That price sounds ballpark, unfortunately. They are correct about the cost of copper.

rockne10
06-03-2010, 08:14 PM
I like those radiator shops that have been around for a looooong time. They usually know what they are doing, are familiar with the old radiators, own their property (no big leases or mortgages to cover) and have not been put out of business due to poor reputation.
The last radiator I had RECORED (53 Commander) was $325. We also had one done for a '37 CE for $450 with original industrial core. He also flushed and pressure tested my heater and A/C cores and charged nothing for them.
To do those, I took them to a shop 70 miles away. Our local shop does not meet my criteria and would have charged quite a bit more.

63t-cab
06-03-2010, 09:12 PM
I had two 55s radiators done by a "old time shop,ya the better way to go" about 8 years ago. $250.00 each and that was slightly discounted by volume! so I guess those prices are somewhat in line today?

Nelsen Motorsports
06-03-2010, 09:43 PM
You mean "recore", right? That price sounds ballpark, unfortunately. They are correct about the cost of copper.

The price of copper is so high people break in at construction sites and steal the plumbing! I wouldn't be suprized if one of you came home one day with a bunch of holes in your walls.

wolfie
06-03-2010, 10:13 PM
I dont remember exactly what it cost but I had the one for my 53 done 18 months or so ago and it wasnt cheap. Hard to find the correct shape fins for a high point restoration but there several options that are actually more efficient if you arent being ridiculously picky about staying 100% correct. Steve

Clem64
06-03-2010, 10:34 PM
Last summer I had the Champ trucks V-8 radiator up graded to a 3 row at the shop in this area that does that. $390. I think if there is a next time, I will go with one of those generic aluminum jobs at around $200 or so.

fstst56
06-03-2010, 10:42 PM
Left mine at a radiator shop today. Quoted me a price of $379.00 total, to recore my '63 Avanti radiator.
He's been at it a long time too. Guessed it to be out of a '64 Ford ! I told hime he was close !

silverhawk
06-03-2010, 10:54 PM
Wow, that's quite the price tag! What about recoring in aluminum? Isn't aluminum cheaper?

rockne10
06-03-2010, 11:15 PM
Sure but, it doesn't hold up to the snow and salt we 'noreasterns' subject them to.

silverhawk
06-03-2010, 11:43 PM
I see! Ok, thanks!

Turbopackman
06-04-2010, 12:55 AM
It cost me $600 to have the radiator in my '48 Packard recored, and it was well worth it. The whole cooling system is now brand new and no overheating worries.

Da Tinman
06-04-2010, 02:29 AM
Wow, that's quite the price tag! What about recoring in aluminum? Isn't aluminum cheaper?

Generic roundy pounder aluminum radiators are cheap enough that its more spendy to recore than replace.

PeterHawk
06-04-2010, 06:39 AM
$380.00 last month for the recoring of my 62 GT Hawk radiator. Car now runs 160 degrees on hotest (91 degrees) days. Only issue was that the bottom of the upper tank could not be replaced.

DEEPNHOCK
06-04-2010, 07:42 AM
And not one mention yet of the need to change your anti freeze on a regular basis.
Old acid laden coolant is what causes most of the internal damage to radiators.
We should be especially meniacal about a regular coolant change with the price of precious metals these days.
Jeff:cool:

gearhead49
06-04-2010, 08:10 AM
My 51 Champion also needs a recore got a price of $370.00 OUCH!!!! for a beater car. Has anyone over tried a radiator from another vehicle to adapt over to a late 40's to 50's Stude???

LarkTruck
06-04-2010, 08:28 AM
Just had two Avanti 3 row rads done by two different shops 10 miles apart. One- small one man shop $545.00, the other- high volume shop $445.00. The one man shop did the better job, and yes, "you get what you pay for"!
Jim S.

edpjr
06-04-2010, 07:43 PM
$385 to do my '66 Commander last month.

bams50
06-04-2010, 08:05 PM
And not one mention yet of the need to change your anti freeze on a regular basis.
Old acid laden coolant is what causes most of the internal damage to radiators.
We should be especially meniacal about a regular coolant change with the price of precious metals these days.
Jeff:cool:

Jeff, 'round these parts it's not much of an issue, the salt eats 'em up from the outside and dumps the coolant long before it can go bad <G>

sbca96
06-04-2010, 08:18 PM
Will a Lark/Hawk style radiator fit a 51? If so .. order one of these ...

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?34006

Tom