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1966 Riviera Radiator

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I need some help, I bought a 1966 Riviera good solid all original car, it’s been setting a while and I could not get it to run cool, kept overheating, decided to pull motor and go through, good thing I did, anyway brought my radiator in to be cleaned out and they said it needed a new core. I like to keep the car all original; it would cost me $285 to have a new core put in.

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Does anyone have a good used radiator out there?

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I hate to buy an aftermarket radiator, Aluminum core plastic tanks, adapters to make you transmission cooler lines fit, yuck.

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Our should I just rescore this one?

I like to show it later, will I get deducted points for a radiator that’s not original?

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Any help on this subject would be appreciated.

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As painful as it is to the pocketbook, spend the money for a new core. You won't regret it. Buying a used radiator can be a big gamble. Even if it doesn't leak you could end up with the same problem as you have now.

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That is a great price for a recore-leaves me suspect of the number of rows in the new core. Recoring in my area (Chicago) is a $400 affair.

Jason offers good advice for a fresh engine. I have found it an excellent rule of thumb to install a fresh radiator with any engine rebuild. In your situation GO NEW.

For what it is worth, any full size `66 donor will work, they all took the same radiator. AC rads have a curved neck at the top, non-AC have a straight neck. Good luck,

Tom Mooney

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Thanks for all you help, I’m going to get it recorded, He assured me it has the same amount of cores and would even put my original tags back on.

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I have the original radiator and other parts for a 1966 Riviera 2 Door hard top. I pulled out the parts and sold the body. let me know if you still need it.

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Thanks, but I had mine recored already. He did an excelent job, even resolderd the original tags back on.

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