Old brass radiators

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  1. stroker3

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    Quick question. Does anyone bother with original brass radiators anymore? Have a few in unknown condition and I feel it's best just to scrap them for a few bucks rather than mess with them any more. With new options being so cheap I can't see anyone trying to make use of these any longer. Make sense?
     
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    If you have salvageable ih radiators, don't throw them out. Aluminum, or aluminum radiators are not repairable and the replacement ones are expensive and don't fit right. If you don't want them,put an add up in the classifieds
     
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    If the tanks are good they're worth saving. That's what can't be repaired.
     
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    What Jeff said. Pretty rare that those Brass tanks aren’t salvageable. You can’t get them anymore.
    I had original re-cored on my 73 Travelall with a 304. The local radiator shop tried to repair but ultimately had to re-core.
    It wasn’t cheap but it has the original tanks and most importantly- it fits with no modifications. Also looks original.
     
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    Cut core off on eAch side if tank. Then sell them.
     
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    Alright. Thanks for all the input. I'll post an ad once I look closer at them.

    EDIT: Thanks for the idea Jeff. Cutting off the tanks might be a very good option.
     
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    Within the last few months, in a thread [Here] about radiators, I posted that I had recently talked to a fellow who's been repairing radiators for (4?) decades, and he told me that new cores for our old units are still being made. That means there are still people who know how to do proper recorring and that there's still a market for such radiators. Brass is much less reactive, so less subject to electrolytic action and corrosion, can be repaired w/o TIG welding, and just has more class too, if/when polished well :smartass:.
     
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    Best option if they're good 1s
     
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    Are they "old radiators" as in "old leaky radiators" or old radiators like "perfectly good radiators from old trucks". If the latter, then you can sell them as is. If the former, they might be reparable. I would avoid cutting them up unless you have no other choice. Its always better for the buyer to decide what to do. It probably could save on shipping, but in that case, Id keep them whole and if the buyer wants one cut up before and your willing to do that, then he may decide that, or he can pay full shipping. But it makes the radiator more widely salable if its whole.
     
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    These are pretty much like the ran when parked story. They didn't leak when last used. Who knows now without cleaning and testing, my guess they might and I'd rather scrap than bother with this stuff too much more. Trying to clear out some more crap and getting ready for another scrap run in a month or so . Time of year to battle with the inner hoarder once again...
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    The "TRUE" inner hoarder knows that, "As soon as you throw it away, you will need it!".
     
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    It's a real shame scrap can them. If the were good when removed, they probably still are or at least are fixable. Some people desperately need a radiator and want a real one instead of the alikin ones that do g fit right. Someone will at least take them off your hands. What specific vehicles are they from?
     
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    Will post ad. Still need to go through them. Maybe six or seven in all. It would be a mix of C, D and scout II.
     
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    Pictures would help. I had two of my rigs recored; nothing like excact fit and look plus performance. Don't cut; to be used again the tanks and fittings need unsoldered for a radiator guy to reuse them without complications. It's definitely a skill to do it right.
     
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    Do a search for radiators and you will see what a gold mine you almost scrapped.
     
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    I've had my eBay aluminium radiator in my Scout II for a number of years. Fit fine and still works fine.
     
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    Start advertising them for sale. I bet they will sell. There are plenty of people looking for original. A good radiator shop will take one of those and recore it and make it as good if not better than new and it will look original.
     

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