I am looking for information on a quality vintage radiator repair company that can repair two of my radiators.
It has been hard to find a service here in Vancouver BC that is willing to work on anything old so I thought I'd see if anyone can shed some light on a good service in the States.
The first is a 1913 brass T rad, needs some cracks repaired on shell and core, and the second is a prewar MG rad off a J2. The latter needs to be de-soldered, cleaned out, de-dented, straightened, and re-assembled, hopefully for a fair price.
Any help is much appreciated,
TOMíS RADIATOR SERVICE
2341 184th Road
Thanks, this is a good start. Have any people had good experiences at other shops that work specifically on vintage/veteran rads?
They did a re-core and repaired upper and lower outlet on my rare Autowa radiator. The core used was a more modern heater type, but they made a veneer cut off the face of the original custom square shape honeycomb type core. Put that 1/4 thick cut over the new core, and disguised it so well, hard to tell at a glance.
Many older hex or square honeycomb cores are hard to or almost impossible to make new.
And my local guy, retired and went out of business, he did 3 T radiators for me in the past, but now, am out to dry. No one rebuilds them around me, just have to purchase new.
If your T radiator is an original thats never had a recore be prepared to recore it. Age catches up on original T radiators. The cost of having a quality repair job may be close to what a new one would cost. Shipping costs will have a good dent so that's more money to consider.
If its still cooling it still may be OK for a while yet but if its borderline in that area it would be something to consider.
Been there and done that with a Black era radiator.
I couldn't find anyone close here in Central Texas to change the core. The closest one I could find that worked on old car radiators would recore mine for 400.00 but it was a 3 row.
I went ahead and bought a new Bergs. Spent a little more but it was well worth it.
I sent you an PM email the other day
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