I'm looking for a real cheap but easily fixed/useable temporary radiator for my T. Is this one even worth considering?
Not if you have a 25 like your profile says!
Scrap. Keep looking. That brass one has not been well kept. The metal is now too brittle to save any heat to solder it will just cause more cracks in that poor top tank. The core is long gone.
Not to detract from the seller,That unit isn't worth that much for scrap. Other than the top tank,which is messed up also,it is toast.
thanks guys. I thought so too. Yeah my t is a 25 chassis, however, my original radiator was stolen last year. I'm making a speedster and have seriously considered going incorrect and putting a brass radiator on it and making an open speedster. Most people would not be able to tell the suttle differences between a 25 chassis and a say 16 chassis for a speedster. I just think it would look nice My grandfather would cringe "dressing up a 25 to look like a 15" he'd call it.
You should have came to Hershey and checked out the nickel plated brass radiator I had there. Sounds perfect for your application.
The above advice is probably right. But the best radiators I ever bought were under $50. You never know. These were at swap meets, not on ebay.
In my estimation, trying to salvage an old, original radiator is a wast of time and money.
If you you think you need a radiator in the "worst" way, then I think you found it
Would make a nice wall hanger on the garage if it was $10.00.
The problem with original radiators, even if they're clean and don't leak, is loss of function even though they may look good. Eighty to a hundred years of vibration cause the fins to separate from the tubes, causing the radiator to not radiate. The fins are supposed to carry heat away from the tubes, but they can't do it adequately if they're not touching. Some still work, some look OK but don't work, and some are a complete wreck like this one. If you want a brass era radiator on your chassis, look at swap meets for one that has a ruined core but a good tank and other parts, and have it recored. That will give you one that looks good, works, and costs a few Benjamins less than a new one.