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Anyone come up with a modern aluminum radiator for 58 Sedans/wagons?

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  • #16
    Hi Kerry,
    You only mention the year 1958 wagon. I have a 1957 Packard Clipper S/C V8 Wagon so does one suppose they will fit both years as I am not aware of any major changes ?
    The picture posted by Tom N. looks awesome if it will fit and what a great price. What brand and supplier is it Tom?
    Cheers, Bill

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    • #17
      Looked at the CJ V8 conversion radiator from a place called Cold-Case at a GoodGuys hotrod show. Looked very well made and I liked it because the tanks were not square cornered and it had dimples in the sides. They are priced at $375. Life time guarantee. https://www.coldcaseradiators.com/pr...mance-radiator

      specs:
      • Core Height 15 inch
      • Core Width 24 inch
      • Overall Height 20.5 inch
      • Overall Width
      • 26.85 inch brackets
      • Overall Thickness 3 inch
      • Tubes (2) 1.25 inch Tubes
      • Upper Hose 1.50 inch
      • Lower Hose 1.75 inch
      • Trans Cooler Fitting: 1/8" National Pipe Thread

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      • #18
        Same radiator, $175 cheaper...http://www.kksmotorsports.com/show.asp?id=698

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        • #19
          Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
          Same radiator, $175 cheaper...http://www.kksmotorsports.com/show.asp?id=698
          Not the same radiator, though it looks similar. Two row 1.25" tube core verses 3 row 1/2" tube core. In my experiance, cooling is much better from a two row 1.25" core radiator than even a four row standard 1/2" tube core radiator.
          My GT has the 3 row 1/2" core, it works fine, but, just fine. In the '53 we replaced a four row , that could only just keep up, with a two row big tube unit. It works so well, it's now difficult to get it to a decent opperating temp.

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          • #20
            Thanks to everyone that commented. All good info to have.

            I will get with the owner and see which one he wants to go with.
            I have a 53 Stude coupe that the prier owner had a custom 5 row brass radiator made up and installed. It sucks at cooling! The motor is a gm crate 350 and I have installed a new hd water pump, changed the hoses and thermostat on. Still sucks. I am looking into getting an aluminum one for that as well. I changed one out for a friends 57 GH and it has done a perfect job on cooling that one. Owner bought from this company -
            https://cgj.com/?s=Studebaker Painted black and looks very nice but pricier than the ones above.
            64 Champ long bed V8
            55/53 Studebaker President S/R
            53 Hudson Super Wasp Coupe

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            • #21
              I suspect you already know this but be sure the water pump you put on is spinning in the correct direction. Chevy WP's can come either way.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by bensherb View Post
                In my experiance, cooling is much better from a two row 1.25" core radiator than even a four row standard 1/2" tube core radiator.
                I had a radiator person explain once that with multiple cores, you get turbulence between the cores (front to back) and the air will not pass through as easily as a big core radiator will.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Kdancy View Post
                  Thanks to everyone that commented. All good info to have.

                  I will get with the owner and see which one he wants to go with.
                  I have a 53 Stude coupe that the prier owner had a custom 5 row brass radiator made up and installed. It sucks at cooling! The motor is a gm crate 350 and I have installed a new hd water pump, changed the hoses and thermostat on. Still sucks. I am looking into getting an aluminum one for that as well. I changed one out for a friends 57 GH and it has done a perfect job on cooling that one. Owner bought from this company -
                  https://cgj.com/?s=Studebaker Painted black and looks very nice but pricier than the ones above.
                  First change to a high flow thermostat, cheap, easy and makes a surprising difference. On the 350 I also found the Edelbrock high capacity water pump helps a lot too, but they're now more costly than a cheap radiator.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by bensherb View Post

                    First change to a high flow thermostat, cheap, easy and makes a surprising difference. On the 350 I also found the Edelbrock high capacity water pump helps a lot too, but they're now more costly than a cheap radiator.
                    The first thing I did was change to a high flow thermostat. The next change was installing a high flow water pump.
                    No difference that I could tell. Changed hoses as well. I need to pull the pump and check flow direction to make sure thats not the issue.
                    64 Champ long bed V8
                    55/53 Studebaker President S/R
                    53 Hudson Super Wasp Coupe

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                    • #25
                      I think i will go ahead and change out the thermostat again on my 53, this one is more expensive but may do the job.
                      https://www.summitracing.com/parts/emp-301
                      64 Champ long bed V8
                      55/53 Studebaker President S/R
                      53 Hudson Super Wasp Coupe

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                      • #26
                        Go for the KKS Motorsports radiator and be done with it...you'll be glad you did.

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