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 Posted: 03-17-2023 03:04 am
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Darth V8R
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Wow.

I dropped off my radiator at a local radiator repair shop, and they quoted me $1,100 dollars to repair it. Egads.

I know there are aluminum radiators out there that will work, but I am trying to keep the car original or very close to original.

Martin Robey offers a refurbished unit for a bit over £300, less if your radiator can be used as an rebuildable core.

Is the JH radiator used in another car? They used standard motor parts almost exclusively, so perhaps there is a Triumph unit that is identical?

Looking for options that would be original, or nearly so.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Vance

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 Posted: 03-17-2023 03:50 pm
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Vance,

Maybe you should tell your radiator guy it doesn't need to be gold plated.

But seriously if you're going to have your radiator reconditioned make sure it's a 3-row and not the earlier 2-row radiator. The 2-rows had a tendency to run hot.

Since Delta no longer sells radiators and Robey is selling reconditioned units it sounds like new ones are NLA. If that's the case and another make used the same radiator it follows that the radiator would also be NLA for them too. And if another car did use the same radiator it would likely have different mounting brackets and even outlets.

First thing I'd do is get another estimate. A few years ago I had the radiator in my '67 El Camino completely redone and paid around $150 it's hard to imagine the cost has increased almost ten times in a few years.

If you do get another estimate and it comes in high like the first I'd want to know why it's gotten so expensive in such a relatively short time. Otherwise it looks like Robey is your best option.

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 Posted: 03-17-2023 05:17 pm
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Wanted to close the loop on this query...
Found what appears to be a pretty good deal, albeit non-original.

Champion makes a replacement, $240 + shipping for an all aluminum design. Three row core.

They claim it will handle up to 400 HP. Yeah, right. If I do a Chevy LS3 conversion, maybe. Or supercharge the car.. Otherwise 400HP is the stuff of teen-age fantasies.

OK, will put this on hold for now. Motor is coming out today.

Vance


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 Posted: 03-18-2023 04:42 pm
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It's just nice to know an aftermarket supplier actually makes a part for Jensen-Healey. Where the J/H is concerned I wouldn't worry too much about originality. A lot of Austin-Healey guys are dropping aluminum radiators into their cars even though originals are readily available. And those are cars where the use of non-original parts can affect the value of the car, a problem the Jensen-Healey doesn't suffer from.

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 Posted: 03-20-2023 01:48 am
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Oh for teenage fantasies. I would definitely had painted my mustang candy apple red.

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