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  • Aluminum Lark Radiator

    The radiator puked out on me today, along with the water pump. I scrounged around the shop and found a Lark/Hawk radiator, made of aluminum. Looked completely stock, except for what it's made of. Got it in the Lark, and it seems to work fine.

    Any ideas on what the heck it came out of? Never seen another one. [?]

    Matthew Burnette
    Hazlehurst, GA



  • #2
    It was probably a stock radiator, re-cored with an Aluminum core.

    You will need to keep lot's of Anti-Freeze in there, at least 50% to keep the corrosion down. Maybe no dissimilar metal problem though, since it is isolated from the iron engine.

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

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    • #3
      It's got aluminum tanks. Aftermarket tanks maybe?

      Matthew Burnette
      Hazlehurst, GA


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      • #4
        Is is a cross flow or vertical flow? I bought an aluminum rad from Summit and it almost a drop in for my Hawk

        Bob Johnstone

        http://www.studebaker-info.org
        55 President State Sedan
        64 GT Hawk
        70 Avanti (R3)
        64 GT Hawk (K7)
        1970 Avanti (R3)

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        • #5
          Vertical flow, I would guess. The 'rows' go vertically, if that's what you're referring to.

          Matthew Burnette
          Hazlehurst, GA


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          • #6
            Bob,
            Can you tell us a little more about this radiator you got from Summit? I'm needing to replace the radiator in my '56 Golden Hawk.

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            • #7
              If it's aluminum and copper you will have a problem. Aluminum and copper are bitter enemys. Many a air conditioner has went bad where the 2 connect. Summit has a radiator that is real close to my 56 Parkview.


              7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
              As soon as you find a product you like they will stop making it.

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              • #8
                It's all aluminum. Upon a little closer inspection, it looks like another rad was used with the Lark side pieces. That would make sense.

                Matthew Burnette
                Hazlehurst, GA


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                • #9
                  Let us know how it works out. I must be old fasion but I have always been scared to try one.


                  7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
                  As soon as you find a product you like they will stop making it.

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