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    Got my mellowtone mufflers installed on a 1955 hdtp coupe. Sounds nice! While admiring the sound we noticed a water leak. Muffler guy raised the car and saw radiator leaking down through a seam on the bottom tank.(maybe). Anyone know a source? My car dealer friend called his sources and they don't carry a 55 Studebaker radiator. My mechanic said as a rule has to re-cored($380) for the core alone!(ouch) thanks, Ernie

  • #2
    Yes, if the core is bad it will have to be recored. My guy in Wash. wants $323.00 for a 2 row re-core, $423.00 for a three Row. Usually a bottom tank leak can be repaired by a knowledgeable Radiator Shop.

    I do not believe there EVER were any new radiators for Studebakers (aftermarket) all there WERE are the new (NOS) ones at Dealers and Studebaker warehouses.

    StudeRich -Studebakers Northwest Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Yes, if the core is bad it will have to be recored. My guy in Wash. wants $323.00 for a 2 row re-core, $423.00 for a three Row. Usually a bottom tank leak can be repaired by a knowledgeable Radiator Shop.

      I do not believe there EVER were any new radiators for Studebakers (aftermarket) all there WERE are the new (NOS) ones at Dealers and Studebaker warehouses.

      StudeRich -Studebakers Northwest Ferndale, WA
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        If it just leaking at a seam, have a good radiator shop repair it. The trick is finding a good radiator shop, now that radiators are plastic and aluminum.

        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          If it just leaking at a seam, have a good radiator shop repair it. The trick is finding a good radiator shop, now that radiators are plastic and aluminum.

          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            If the core itself is good, just about any radiator shop that can afford to call itself one should be able to repair a tank leak.

            In the event a recore is needed, it's an expense worth making. The only place I want my blocks to cook is in a machine shop!
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk

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            • #7
              If the core itself is good, just about any radiator shop that can afford to call itself one should be able to repair a tank leak.

              In the event a recore is needed, it's an expense worth making. The only place I want my blocks to cook is in a machine shop!
              "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

              Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              '33 Rockne 10,
              '51 Commander Starlight,
              '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
              '56 Sky Hawk

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