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Fix your radiator.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 07:55 PM
I figured what do I have to lose? Here is what I did: Removed the 10mm bolts that hold the top and bottom rails on and removed the center straps. Next, gently bent the tabs up on the inlet side (one with the thermo switch and drain), removed the tank. I made a tool out of .032" aluminum sheet metal 33 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. Plugged the lower hose connection on the remaining tank and stuck a water hose in the fill opening. (There were only 3 flues with good flow!) Used the tool to gently push through each flue (you should have seen what came out!). They flowed like new then. Installed the tank and gently bent the tabs back over then cinched them carefully with vice grips. Plugged all openings and plumbed in a fitting to hook up a test fixture (simple air regulator). Filled the radiator with water and applied 12 psi and locked down the air source. 5 min. later it still showed 12 psi. Now for some paint and it's like new. cost: $0.00.
Give it a shot if you have a plugged radiator laying around....it's worthless like it is, right?
That one was for an auto. Subie. Next, I'm going to do a std. radiator, I'll get some pictures and a tool list and put it in the repair section.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 08:02 PM
thanks for the idea.
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