My 26 roadster pick up has developed a small leak. The radiator is a original type. It has never gave any problems and runs cool. It looks old so my question is should take it to a radiator shop and let them fix and boil it out or buy a new one? Now what is the best radiator for the money and what is the brand you guys would buy. Also which supplier should I buy from? I normally buy from Langs. Thanks for the opinions and help. Tim
If it's a small leak the least expensive fix would be to just keep adding water.
If the leak bothers you to much, then buy a new one.
I wouldn't waste time and money on an old radiator.
If the car runs cool (rad is basically OK) but has a small leak, you can likely fix it yourself depending on where the leak is.
Identify the leak location, remove, drain and dry the rad, clean the black away from the repair area, then smear "Right Stuff" sealant over the hole and immediate area. Mush a bit into the hole as well if you can. I've repaired cracked blocks, rads, gas tanks and other items with miracle material. Note this stuff is not silicone sealant or epoxy -- buy Right Stuff.
Well she a original old radiator but never leaked a drop until now so the big question is it a waste to take old radiator of that age to the shop or buy new and what is the best deal for a car that maybe goes 600-700 miles in a year??? Tim
If it cools, I say it's worth repairing. Assuming the leak is somewhere it can be repaired without destroying the appearance of the radiator. If you don't want to try to do it yourself, I doubt a simple fix will be much over $50. It wouldn't around here anyway.
Both of ours now have Berg's radiators on them. It's been a couple or three years, but it seems like they were in the $850 range. I've never heard a bad thing said about Berg's. They would certainly be my recommendation if you choose to replace.
It just has a small leak in a one of the sealed and it's a drip. I had old A model sedan radiator and it had about the same it was billed out and soldered up and it's been good for years. I don't take it hundreds of miles from the house but drive it 600-800 miles a year. I have just heard on the forum so many people say they are to old to fix. Thanks Tim
If you do let a local radiator shop try to fix it, make it VERY VERY VERY clear to them they are NOT to pressure test it. I've heard of shops being told that, then going ahead and wrecking a radiator anyway.
I have a bergs in my other T and it's great. Tim
"Radiator opinions please"
Personally, I think they are a great idea.
I would add a bit to Chris's recommendations regarding a RTV type sealer ...in addition to the cleaning process I have used a small shop vacuum to apply suction to the radiator or MOTOR BLOCK to help "suck" the sealer into the crack or pin hole ...I light vacuum on a radiator since this is essentially the same effect as pressure ...on a motor block I will use my large 5hp. shop vacuum ...always an optimist...gene french
If you want a new radiator which has the filler in the right spot, has threads in the filler neck which will let you screw the cap on, and which is guaranteed not to leak, it has to be a Berg's.
Their backup service is exemplary.
Allan from down under.
Be very wary of sending it to a shop. They REALLY like to pressure test EVERYTHING.
If it's a small leak, Chris' idea works, or if you know someone who is a good solderer, it could be done that way too (more authentic) Considering your driving habits, I would try to fix the radiator.
Lots depends on where the leak is at. If it is buried in the core, it can be an absolute pain for the novice to fix. I would try to flush it with vinegar or something similar to see if anything else starts to leak. If all is good, find the oldest established radiator shop around. With the cost of new aluminum radiators dropping, many shops don't fix things...they just buy new and replace. If you believe it is repairable, spend a few bucks and fix it. Will it be good forever? Probably not. But way it gives you time to save up for new one.
There are some good radiator and gas tank epoxies out there that offer a cheap and reliable fix. KGB
JB Weld has worked on radiators for me when I was desperate and no radiator shop was open. Usually fixes it for a good long time if you get the area spotlessly clean and shiny first.
If you plan to keep your T a new radiator will be the answer. If it still cools try to fix it a couple of times if need be. But remember its almost a 100 years old and wont last forever.
You can go to swap meets and buy some 'decent looking originals' for a 100.00 or so.
Been there and done that. It was a waste of money. Looking good doesn't cool. I bought a new Bergs and was through with working on radiators.
Good job Gene and Kieth. I repaired a leak at the felt hogs head with rtv and a vacuumed cleaner. Worked a long time.
Steve is right!!! Dont let the shop pressure test it!!! Fix it yourself if possible. Experience speeking. By the way I have heard nothing from the radiator shop on mine.
Bergs, Bergs, Bergs. Have 4 of them and just dropped the order for my 5th.
Has anyone mentioned AlumaSeal?
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