Need New Radiator

Need New Radiator

Postby Ericglo [OP] » November 14th 2017, 4:37am

I believe my radiator has sprung a leak. I guess that means its time for a new one.

It looks like that the original rad had a 5/8" thickness. I was thinking of getting one with a 1" thickness.

Someone said the OSC 2003, which is $84 on rockauto. According to the OSC website, it is actually a 5/8" rad.

I did find a couple of others that look to be 1".
http://www.carparts.com/details/Chevrol ... P1786.html
https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/car ... 7CL3*15952
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KFSHHKW?ta ... -amazon-20

The Stayco was mentioned by someone as being good. It is also the cheapest.

Any value in getting a 3 row aluminum rad?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-ROW-ALUMINUM ... 94&vxp=mtr
https://www.ebay.com/itm/3ROW-ALUMINUM- ... Sw42JZN3K1
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Re: Need New Radiator

Postby Meterpig » November 14th 2017, 7:04am

I think the 1996 had a full 1 inch core.
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Re: Need New Radiator

Postby Mmusicman » November 14th 2017, 1:29pm

I just bought a new radiator last week for my 2000. The ad had it listed as having a 1" thick core. I even called the manufacturer to confirm and was told it had a 1" core. When I got the radiator, it had a 5/8 core.

Same thing happened to me last year with my 92... a different manufacturer's listing was incorrect. Same part number I had ordered 10 years ago. Apparently the Chinese supplier had changed the design that year to a thinner core. I sent that one back.

My 2000 has never had any overheating issues with the stock 5/8 core... I only paid $58 shipped, and needed it... so I installed it.
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Re: Need New Radiator

Postby Ericglo [OP] » November 15th 2017, 8:30pm

Mmusicman wrote:My 2000 has never had any overheating issues with the stock 5/8 core... I only paid $58 shipped, and needed it... so I installed it.


Well maybe it doesn't get that hot up there in Ft Laud, but down here in Hollywood it gets scorching. :rofl:

You are probably right. I am going to go ahead and grab the Stayco.
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Re: Need New Radiator

Postby MI_Ghost » November 15th 2017, 11:46pm

2003 special 1" is what your are looking for.
Look for Chevy astro 2 row radiator.

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Re: Need New Radiator

Postby Ericglo [OP] » February 15th 2018, 4:38am

I forgot to update this. I purchased the Stayco and it is a 1" radiator. It also came with clips, so no need to go buy them. No issues with fit.

Now I have to find out if the MAF in the first pic is the cause of my latest problem. 3M will probably appreciate my anxiety. The van stalled on 95 Northbound around midtown Miami at about 4:30. It took me about 15 seconds to get it started and over to the side of the road.
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