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#41 Mickl

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:01 AM

I have asked them for additional dimensions like spacings of mounting holes but they just tell me to look closely at the photos they have put up.
I guess I will just need to take a punt and get one and see if it will fit.
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:46 PM

I'd ask another seller, their attitude leaves a lot to be desired. If anything goes wrong are these the type of people you'd want to deal with.

I have a JDM  77 2+2 parts car , I can measure it and then measure my ally rad tomorrow if that helps?
I bought a 'champion cooling' brand.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:44 PM

That would be good if you could do that for me Gareth. I am expecting to make some small alterations to mounts but am wary of anything more major being needed.
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:06 PM

Mickl, I have taken some measurements. Radiatior mounting holes are the same spacing width/top to bottom. Chassis rail width is the same at the radiator support. Top of radiator support to bottom of chassis rails is the same.

The difference is the lower radiato support on the 77 2+2 drops down making the radiator opening 380mm compared to the 240z which is 330mm. The total fin area on my rad is 350, so if fitted to your 77 2+2 the bottom of the core would be 30mm above the lower radiator support opening. That's about half the bottom tank above the opening if you get my drift.

It's kinda hard to explain. From looking at my two cars I can't see why it won't fit, the only difference is the core is 30mm shorter top to bottom than the factory 77 2+2 radiator.

My radiator is by 'champion cooling' I can't say if other brands will be the same.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 01:27 PM

Thanks for all of your help Gareth, I have ordered one from "Ausparts depot" in Melbourne for only $155 delivered. I think iot will be fine and will post the results once it has been delivered and installed.
The "champion Cooling" rads were in the USA and postage was pretty high.
I also checked with the locals for a recore of the original and it would have been about $550.
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:32 PM

Yeah re-cores are crazy exspensive. $155 delivered is a good price, Keen to see how you go. Best of luck.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:16 PM

Radiator went in OK but the two bottom automatic gearbox oil pipes are threaded rather than plain hose push-on as the original radiator. I am having some trouble tracking down suitable threaded nuts with flared tubes so that I can reconnect the gearbox rubber pipes. I looked at other radiators on evil bay and they all seem the same. What have others done to solve this problem?
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:42 PM

if you know the thread you should be able to get some alloy fitting s from Proflow (or Earls, Speedflow ect) to convert it.
Proflow have all their stuff on ebay.
http://www.vpw.com.a...tegory/Index/20

Edit, maybe one of these
http://www.vpw.com.a...ory/Index/50411
And one of these,
http://www.vpw.com.a...ory/Index/48517

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:39 PM

Radiator went in OK but the two bottom automatic gearbox oil pipes are threaded rather than plain hose push-on as the original radiator. I am having some trouble tracking down suitable threaded nuts with flared tubes so that I can reconnect the gearbox rubber pipes. I looked at other radiators on evil bay and they all seem the same. What have others done to solve this problem?
Thanks
Mickl

Hi Mickl, I too am in the market for one of these. So did your one bolt up pefectly or did you need minor alterations?  Do you have a shroud fitted and did it fit ok?  I'm not too keen on the look of these rads as I prefer the factory look but the $500 I got quoted for a re-core is a bit unpalatable.

cheers, Mike.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 10:31 AM

Thanks for the links nizmozed, I will see if I can get hold of a thread guage to measure up the thread size.
I will post up a picture for you and comments on fitting plus thermo fans on Monday Sydney Mike.
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:14 AM

Thanks for the links nizmozed, I will see if I can get hold of a thread guage to measure up the thread size.
I will post up a picture for you and comments on fitting plus thermo fans on Monday Sydney Mike.
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Thanks Mickl that would be great. I know your pics will reveal all but just want to ask are you replacing the stock fan with the thermo's? I'm getting concerned that the stock fan will not clear the new alloy rads? I wish to keep my stock fan and shroud. I have thermo's in front of the air con core. Anyways, looking forward to see your pics. My zed is a late 76 2 seater so maybe same as yours.
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

The radiator was a pretty good fit and the only thing needing to be done was to make the bolt holes in the cross member a little elongated....maybe an extra 2 or 3 mm extra was needed. The pipes for the gear oil are threaded so hydraulic type flared fittings now have to be sourced to refit the gear oil cooling.
There is only 70mm clearance between the radiator and the clutch fan bolting plate so it is no longer possible to use the standard fan. I have bought twin 10 inch shrouded thermo fans which will fit very nicely to the inlet side of the radiator. I don't have air con so the fans will mount here fine. Next week`s job. I could mount them on the inside of the radiator and set up as a pull-fan as there is the 70mm space but outside as a push fan is easiest. The twin fans with mounts, electrics etc cost me about $92 over the net. Radiator was $157 delivered and much cheaper than a re-core. Maybe you could very lightly spray it black to hide the aluminium look?
Send me a pm if you want the exact supplier`s addresses.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:51 PM

Hi Mickl, thanks for the pics and the confirmation that the stock fan will not fit. I want to go with the stock fan so I will go with the $500 re core  :(

cheers, Mike.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:23 PM

The thread on the two pipes for the automatic trans fluid at the bottom of the radiator was metric (M 14x 1.5) rather than BSP and so it was very difficult to find appropriate fittings. Speedflow and others on the net didn`t seem to have anything which looked right but I finally tracked down two fittings at RYCO for $62.96 for the pair, which was a bit expensive but what can you do. Another complication with the tubes was the angle of the flare needed in the fitting (60 degrees) as there can be 4 different shapes. The ryco flared fittings parts number is 6680-0414 and it is called -414x1,5MET(JIS)F 60`CONCAVE for those who may follow this path

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#55 peter t

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:13 PM

Sooo, after getting the original radiator fixed up few years ago it is now leaking. Time to upgrade. So mates , who do I get my new radiator from. PWR ones do not look any different From the Chinese ones so please tell me where to go. 8)

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:57 PM

PWR compared to the Chinese ones is chalk and cheese.
PWR uses a heavier and higher quality alloy in the construction, when you handle one in the flesh you can really notice it.
You also pay for it though.

Lots of people have used the Chinese ones with great success, even in demanding performance applications.
On the other side of that, people have also had Chinese ones with pinhole leaks and other quality control issues.
Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with them.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:12 PM

I have a good mate who has a pwr in his 10second as ute and he is on his 3rd radiator due to leaks.
Not saying there not a good product but everything can fail .
I think for the money you can't go wrong with the china radiator.
I will be getting a 4 core version shortly for the 20B.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

I ordered one from Worley For $157.00 landed. Now to find some fans. 8)

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 07:46 PM

I ordered one from Worley For $157.00 landed. Now to find some fans. 8)

Arrived today. 8)

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:54 PM

I actually quite like my ebay radiator although the shroud didn't line up. Its value is second to none.




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