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Old 01-04-2013, 09:38 PM
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Which radiator for 434 chev?

Am looking into buying a new radiator to suit new 434 engine build I am doing.

Has anyone used the Aussie desert cooler street / strip? Good, bad experience?

I like the idea of local made but $750 is a little out of my budget range... i was hoping for $500 for a polished alloy number... am I dreaming?

What else have you used?
AFCO, FLUIDYNE, BE COOL (be expensive)

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:56 PM
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Alumitech is a company found on Camaros.net . They make a very oe-looking aluminium radiator with ribbed-stamped tanks, but I doubt it would be cheaper than Aussie's.
Personally I'd pay the extra for one of those.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:32 PM
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Alumitech is a company found on Camaros.net . They make a very oe-looking aluminium radiator with ribbed-stamped tanks, but I doubt it would be cheaper than Aussie's.
Personally I'd pay the extra for one of those.
Thanks Steve.
Looks like they might be no longer though... Ricks has them as discontinued...
http://www.rickscamaros.com/camaro-a...1967-1969.html
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:42 PM
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Yeah, I didn't know.. Found this on Google.. http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=398290
Hopefully it's just a temporary closure and back and running soon.
https://www.facebook.com/Donald.w.kyte

http://www.alumitechreproductions.com/ -eCommerce redirect..
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:23 AM
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I used Aussie Desert Coolers with his electric fans and shroud.
Never had a problem but others here have. Watch out for earth leakage as this kills Ally radiators
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:18 AM
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I used Aussie for my LS Rodeo and had dramas with stray current. They replaced 2 radiators under warranty. Service is great. They don't like to use sacrificial anodes though. They rebuilt my oe radiator for the Camaro and did a great job. Good products and local business.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:25 AM
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All I`ll say is I gave away my 6 month old aussie cooler. Ended up buying a PWR but that`ll be out of your price range. Cooling has been a massive topic on here and if you search there has been lengthy discussions on radiators and fan systems.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:47 AM
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I used a PWR on my commodore with no probs but from memory it was around $1000
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:24 AM
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:27 AM
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Yep - The most common success story you will find on here. For more so than Desert unfortunately. Good luck!
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But they start at about $800, worth every cent there are cheap ones around for about $300-400 but will not last. A lot cheaper than what will happen it your motor over heats.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:26 PM
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x 4 for race radiators

I have them in both the Camaro and Buick...never ever miss a beat...
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in answer to your first question, YES.
you can buy plenty of cheap junk, just get used to r & r it. lol
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:05 PM
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I bought an Aussie Desert Cooler radiator for my 67 Parisienne back in the late 90's, sold that car & kept the radiator, modified the brackets to suit my Firebird & am still using it. It has a pretty healthy 406SBC in it & never runs hot. It is a 4 core copper/brass item with the baffles in the tanks to make it triple flow.

Apparently what I have is from before ADC made their own cores, they just assembled mine. Over the 15years that I have had it it has had a few pin holes repaired, all under warranty & recently had a new top tank fitted.

Their warranty is very good but cant comment on what their own made stuff is like.
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Same. I bought a "4 core" copper/brass radiator out the US about 15 years ago and got ripped off blind. It was 4 cores wide, but was just a staggered 2 core. Had something like 96 tubes in it and the engine overheated all the time. I could never figiure it out because I thought it was 4 cores wide.
Went and saw Norm at Aussie (back when he was in Peel St Nth Melb) and he picked it straight away.
We used the same tanks as they are like OE and fitted a 5 core. Went from 96 tubes to about 216 or something. Not surprisingly, my heating issues disappeared.
A mild front-ender over 10 years ago damaged a few tubes against the fan so had Norm re-core it with a new 5 core and still all good.
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