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Old 06-19-2017, 01:07 PM   #21
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Topdog, I'm not trying to start an argument. The following is just more information to help anyone who reads, weigh their options because if it was as simple as you say, we'd be out of business.

Champion- Fabricated tanks. 4 row price range is $275-$325. To get in the $200 price range you need to get their smaller 2 or 3 row models. Those may or may not be enough depending on your application. Lifetime Warranty. Champion line does not make a 2 1" tube radiator. You need to go with their American Eagle line for that. Price range is $300.

Auto City- Not a manufacturer. They are just a brown box importer. Nowhere on their box or radiator does it specify any brand name. You can buy that same radiator from anyone who has enough money to fill a container. At $200 I agree it's not a bad deal. However, if you want polished, it's $50 extra. Warranty? If you want a fan shroud, it's universal fit. And if you have problems....

Griffin- High quality radiator company. 2 1 1/4" tubes. I have nothing but good things to say about Griffin since they stopped using epoxy. Except some owners just can't justify the cost. Retail price around $700-$800

Cold Case- Polished finish included. Fan shroud kits are custom fit for maximum suction affect just like Griffin. We're a radiator company just like Griffin. All we do is radiator related products just like Griffin. Optional 2 1 1/4" tube units just like Griffin. Logo is stamped on each unit and we offer lifetime warranty because we're proud of the quality. Not even Griffin has either. Retail price around $300-$370
I suggest you read the inquiry before you answered. We are talking about a bone stock 283 engine and a 200 buck radiator will work just fine
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:49 PM   #22
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I suggest you read the inquiry before you answered. We are talking about a bone stock 283 engine and a 200 buck radiator will work just fine
Agree for the most part but readers have all different combinations. Not disputing your recommendation. Just adding more information for future viewers.
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Auto City Classic radiator hands down.
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Mikey (55wagoncrazy) is doing an engine replacement, paint, and some other restoration on my 1956 Nomad. Today he painted the Cold Case radiator for me, (I want a stock appearance). It looks great! The radiator core look lighter because of the camera flash
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They look good painted black.
Cold case paints their name on it, that looks like crxp.
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They look good painted black.
Cold case paints their name on it, that looks like crxp.
Logo faces the inside. With fan shroud and fan, once installed it's very difficult to see it.

fyi, The only problem with painting the core black is that there is an R factor to whatever paint you use and that is going to trap some heat in the radiator. It's best to go very light on the black paint. That's pretty much how the factory did it anyway.
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My opinion is slightly different. Actually 180. I think the C.C. radiator looks a lot better polished and left like that instead of painting it black. Just my double nickels worth opinion and personal only.
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Thanks for all your opinions and qualifying remarks.

Much of my extra money (read that as car money) is being eaten monthly by the 2017 jump in healthcare costs thanks to the Evil Empire here in the Pittsburgh area.

I did manage to purchase a factory refurbed mig welder, and I'll be buying a friend's car-hauler trailer for minimal cost in the next couple days.

The rad purchase is currently on hold since I can place that order at any time.

So far -- PROGRESS, none the less.

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I've got Champions in both my 55 and my 68 Caddy with the original 472. Could not be happier with both. All metal, good welds, quality construction. Both fit like gloves. I use an external cooler for the trans in my 55, but I use the radiator for the trans in the Caddy. It does a great job there as well.
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