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T.J. lavallee
06-14-2014, 11:18 AM
I have an original 3 core radiator for my 59 Lark 2 door coupe. I was told it would be about $500.00 for a rebuild from a highly recommended shop in Tucson. Az. I also have a 2 core for a Lark. Both are considered for the 259 V8 that's installed. I'm thinking the 3 core is a better choice. I only intend to drive the car in the winter months here and wonder if the two core would be acceptable. Is $500.00 too much and is there an alternative?:cool:Thanks for any expertise in this subject

bezhawk
06-14-2014, 11:48 AM
A radiator only has one core. I believe you mean ROWS. It depends on the construction of the core (one). What are the fins per inch? how large are the tubes? how clean is it inside? Copper and brass conduct heat best, but, new aluminum units usualy have better (wider) tubes, and more fins per inch to conduct heat away from those tubes. A good aluminum radiator can be had for under 300.

unclemiltie
06-14-2014, 12:16 PM
3-row re-cores seem to be going for $500 now, so the price seems fair. If I was getting one recored, I would go with a 3-row for better cooling and who knows, you may want to add AC some day, 3-rows were normally used when AC was added. If the 2-row is good and you do not have AC then it should work fine in your car.

I have the originals in both my 61 Hawk and 61 Lark, I was going to replace the one in the Hawk and my radiator man told me I was crazy, I should wait till it dies. He said he has seem some last for many many years.

T.J. lavallee
06-14-2014, 12:30 PM
A radiator only has one core. I believe you mean ROWS. It depends on the construction of the core (one). What are the fins per inch? how large are the tubes? how clean is it inside? Copper and brass conduct heat best, but, new aluminum units usualy have better (wider) tubes, and more fins per inch to conduct heat away from those tubes. A good aluminum radiator can be had for under 300.
Where can I find a good aluminum radiator for under $300.00?

sweetolbob
06-14-2014, 12:46 PM
Where can I find a good aluminum radiator for under $300.00?

This should get you started. If you need more info either post or try the search box in the upper right.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?34006-New-Aluminum-Radiator

Bob

studebaker-R2-4-me
06-14-2014, 03:05 PM
Try this too. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?70545-aluminum-radiator&highlight=Aluminum+Radiators

Here is some radiator information: http://stores.ebay.com/Cool-Craft-Components/Radiator-Advice.html#AC from the above.

Here's the thread I was looking for: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?52305-Aluminum-Radiator-conversion&highlight=Aluminum+Radiators . I thought I remembered something about a CJ radiator for $185 that fits really well.

Here's a new Ebay ad for a CJ Radiator for under $160! http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1311.R1.TR2.TRC1.A0.H1.XJeep+CJ+al&_nkw=jeep+cj+aluminum+radiator&_sacat=0&_from=R40


Allen

Skybolt
06-15-2014, 02:09 AM
Why not use the two row if it is in good working order and see how it goes. Changing the radiator is no big deal and you shouldn't overheat with the two row but if it does get warmer than you like then pay the price and use the three row. That is if all other variables are in excellent working order.

I have an aluminum CJ Chevy swap style waiting in a box but will use a newer recore, it has straight horizontal fins rather than the slightly curved older style, two row that I pulled from a OHV six equipped car, that's if the original two row does not do the job.

I am working with a 59 Lark 2 door sedan with .100" over block and many other mods and I live just out of Los Angeles and intend to drive it all year so heat will be a major thing for me to watch.

Len.

T.J. lavallee
06-15-2014, 01:12 PM
Why not use the two row if it is in good working order and see how it goes. Changing the radiator is no big deal and you shouldn't overheat with the two row but if it does get warmer than you like then pay the price and use the three row. That is if all other variables are in excellent working order.

I have an aluminum CJ Chevy swap style waiting in a box but will use a newer recore, it has straight horizontal fins rather than the slightly curved older style, two row that I pulled from a OHV six equipped car, that's if the original two row does not do the job.

I am working with a 59 Lark 2 door sedan with .100" over block and many other mods and I live just out of Los Angeles and intend to drive it all year so heat will be a major thing for me to watch.

Len.
Thanks Len. Guess I'll have the two tube core checked out at a radiator shop and if all is well I'll go ahead and use it for now. It'll give me time to save up for the 3 row core rebuild.

T.J. lavallee
06-15-2014, 01:17 PM
Thanks for the leads, Allen. I checked out the E-bay listings link you gave me. Looks promising only I'm not sure which radiator I'd consider as I don't know the dimensions of the various units offered. I guess further research is in order.

T.J. lavallee
06-15-2014, 01:18 PM
This should get you started. If you need more info either post or try the search box in the upper right.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?34006-New-Aluminum-Radiator

Bob Thanks for the input, Bob. I'm on it.

T.J. lavallee
06-15-2014, 01:27 PM
A radiator only has one core. I believe you mean ROWS. It depends on the construction of the core (one). What are the fins per inch? how large are the tubes? how clean is it inside? Copper and brass conduct heat best, but, new aluminum units usualy have better (wider) tubes, and more fins per inch to conduct heat away from those tubes. A good aluminum radiator can be had for under 300.

Thanks for the correction. T.J.

GinettaG12P
06-15-2014, 07:14 PM
T.J., I sent you a PM with the ebay information, but here are the dimensions of the radiator that I bought. Body: 20-3/4 X 24-3/4 X 2-5/8; Core: 15-5/8 X 24-1/4 X 2-1/4; Inlet: 1-1/2" driver side; Outlet: 1-3/4" passenger side; Tank: 2-3/4 X 24-1/4; Width with flanges: 27-1/2. I did not use the original shroud because it would need to be modified to fit.
35645

T.J. lavallee
06-16-2014, 02:07 PM
T.J., I sent you a PM with the ebay information, but here are the dimensions of the radiator that I bought. Body: 20-3/4 X 24-3/4 X 2-5/8; Core: 15-5/8 X 24-1/4 X 2-1/4; Inlet: 1-1/2" driver side; Outlet: 1-3/4" passenger side; Tank: 2-3/4 X 24-1/4; Width with flanges: 27-1/2. I did not use the original shroud because it would need to be modified to fit.
35645 Amazing effort on your part. Thank you so very much for the detailed information.