Radiator Re-Core

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Dwight Bedsole
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Radiator Re-Core

Post by Dwight Bedsole » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:02 am

I have removed the radiator from my '37 120C (really in bad shape) and the radiator shop (old shop with a good reputation) says it needs to be re-cored. While I am not surprised does $1900 sound reasonable?

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flackmaster
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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by flackmaster » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:31 pm

No. That sounds like about twice what I would expect. Alternatively, I have a recently recored 37-120 radiator I can sell you right now...$900 plus shipping.

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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by Howard56 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:48 am

Flackmasters price is more what is expected out on the west coast too. There is at least one place that will also make a new aluminum radiator for about half the quoted price. A few people have used their 37 product and seem to be satisfied. I believe they are also the firm that just did a custom radiator for a 54 model following original blueprints. https://cgj.com/product/pk-7001-aluminu ... d-radiator

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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by Dave Czirr » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:37 am

My last experience with a Packard radiator recore was about 5-6 years ago and as I recall the cost at that time was about $700.

Dwight Bedsole
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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by Dwight Bedsole » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:18 pm

Flackmaster, thank you for the response and for the offer - before I go back to my radiator repair person I want to verify that you will you sell me a re-cored 1937 Packard 120C radiator, tanks in good shape, for $900 plus shipping. I suspected that the $1900 price was too high.

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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by Dwight Bedsole » Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:28 am

When I contacted my radiator repair person to tell them that I thought that their price of $1900 to re-core was about double what it should be and that I would come and pick-up the radiator I was told that they had already taken it apart, ordered the core and was making repairs to the tanks and outlet. They questioned my source for the cost and said that they must be referring to past cost and that the cost of the copper core alone (tripled over the past few years) was almost $900, must be from elsewhere in the country with lower labor rates, not as restrictive environmental requirements, etc..
It was a week before I got to them so I am stuck with a $1900 repair job. For info. - I knew that there are fewer radiator repair shops that do copper re-cores but did not realize just how few - in southern PA I contacted eleven radiator shops and only one would do a copper re-core.

flackmaster
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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by flackmaster » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:31 pm

Sorry i didn't check back earlier, someone should have reached out to me, I'm not that hard to find....yes, i have a radiator ready to go...recored and ready.

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Re: Radiator Re-Core

Post by flackmaster » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:38 pm

Guess I'll have it a little bit longer...

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