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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2014, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Mom's 68 Wagon

Hi there, I'm Lyle from California and I inherited the ultimate Mommobile,
a 68 Impala Wagon with 327/TH400 and some upgrades. Bought this car
in 96 and swapped in 69 front discs and a Pontiac tilt wheel. Not really
a resto project, right now a daily driver. Looking at repro radiators, all the
photos show the trans cooler ports too far apart. My original radiator has
both on the driver' side about four inches apart. Any one else have this
My stable: 69 Jeep Wagoneer, 68 Chevelle wagon, 73 Cougar droptop,
the Impala wagon and my wife's 04 Impala. I still miss my first car,
a 68 El Camino, totaled while parked.
This forum has helped get the 04 dash and rear defroster working,
thank you all very much! -lyle
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2014, 01:32 PM
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Welcome to the Team Lyle!

I hear you as to reproduction parts not matching exactly. This is because they want to stock a car hat will fit the largest number of applications.

Also a four inch separation sounds a bit weird to me. The ports are generally placed at the top and the bottom of the cooler. A three inch long cooler will not transfer much heat to the coolant.

I had a huge (the biggest cooler I could find in the catalog) transmission cooler on the front of my radiator on my '85 Impala to compensate for the high stall speed coupled with a high horse motor. It was an external cooler (oil to air) instead of the oil to water to air like the factory uses with their cooler inside the radiator.

Are you looking for a white gloved restoration suitable for a concurs exhibition? If you are looking at a restomod where you are bringing a dead car back to life; but modifying it in terms of power and safety (brake upgrades, back seat, seat belts, etc.) then an aluminum radiator painted black might work for you. Griffin is the only company that I know of (I have not used a Champion radiator as of yet) that uses a die stamped reservoir for the tanks on the ends of the radiator core. The rest of the companies that make aftermarket radiators (BeCool, and Howe) use flat sheets of aluminum stock welded together to make their tanks.

Harrison knock offs are being made as you know but the all important tank has to be in place or you loose points on a restoration. So I would consider a remanufacture of your radiator. The core source isn't important (aside from actual size they rarely even look at it). So you could run a four core radiator to assist in cooling. Like I said it is the tanks and the radiator ID tag that they look at.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2014, 08:30 PM
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I would just run a couple of new cooler lines.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Restoration is not my thing, all my wagons are far from OEM, they're for
driving and upgrading. Faster steering box, tilt, later disc brakes, vette
rims, bigger alt, so an aluminum radiator with separate trans cooler will
work just fine for me. Reliability is my goal. Near future, hei, new carb,
vette rotor swap, and serious rewiring, and a rear sway bar when I find
one. BeCool I have heard good things about, some people here like
Champion, need to do more research. Recore too pricey compared to
aluminum. I do like the attention this old longroof gets while driving
around town!
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