Author Topic: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?  (Read 3932 times)

Offline Mike Phillips

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Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« on: June 05, 2009, 11:56:58 PM »


What's forum concensus on which style of radiator is the better option to go with?

I have a 4-core radiator that came with a 1986 Suburban with factory 454 but it needs to be re-cored and the local radiator shop wants approximately $450.00 and that's to use whatever the best core stock is for max performance.

A local guy has an aluminum radiator, new in the box for $175.00 Size: 19" H x 32" W x 2.2" thick  the stock radiator in my Jimmy is 19" H x 34" W x 2.5" thick so it's pretty close to the same dimensions.


Talked to a radiator shop and they said if a rock hits the radiator and punctures a tube most radiator shops won't be able to fix it, but with a standard copper core radiator most shops could fix it.


Any opinions?


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Re: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009, 12:29:12 AM »
It is my understanding aluminum radiators cool better. Just my $.02!
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Re: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009, 06:31:17 AM »
if you are looking to chop weight off the front end which I don't think you are you should go with the aluminum one. I had an aluminum radiator in my old dodge rock came up and got into it they couldnt fix it, so I put the old radiator in it. Depends on your budget really, you can probably go with the aluminum one for now and it will get the job done no problem.

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Re: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009, 09:12:20 PM »
Mostly trying to do this engine swap on a budget.  $450.00 to rebuild the old one or $175.00 for the new aluminum one.

I'd like to go with having my stock Chevy radiator rebuilt using the best core material possible.


Will think about it for a few days.


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Re: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009, 09:42:32 PM »
$450 sounds high to recore your old Rad. I haven't checked prices in awhile but I thought you could get a new Modine 4 core for about $250. Have you priced new ones from a local parts store?

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Re: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2009, 09:53:15 PM »

 Have you priced new ones from a local parts store?


Not yet, I'll check with NAPA see what they can do.  I heard that prices went up because copper went up in price?


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Re: Aluminum Radiator vs Copper Core Radiator?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009, 10:10:16 PM »
I just googled "modine 4 core radiator chevy k30" and came up with a few listings that had 4 cores in the $250-$280 range. Both Autozone and Oreileys had 4 cores in that price range (not sure if they were Modines or not).
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