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Old 05-07-2012, 07:40 PM
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Radiator Repair Shop in Austin?

I'd like to have the radiator on my Super cleaned, tested, etc. before reinstalling it.

Can anyone recommend an independent radiator shop in Austin. I really don't want to deal with a chain operation if I can avoid it.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:29 PM
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I found a great place here that's about as far from a chain-store operation as possible. I think they've been in business in the same place since the 1940's. And, if they haven't, the place certainly looks the part---think medievel dungeon inside. It looked like they do mostly old cars. The guy in front of me had brought in a radiator for a '57 Caddy. They cleaned, repaired, and painted my Super's radiator for $45.

The next time you come to SA, let me know and we can drop it off there.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:35 AM
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Profile and price sound perfect. Location may be a hindrance, although I may need to be in SA in the next week or two. What's the name of this place?

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It's in an old wearhouse district at the far south end of Fred road.

Blanco Radiator Service - Radiators Repaired Cleaned & Recored. (210) 735- 6871. 311 Fredericksburg Rd San Antonio, TX 78201 29.444893 ...
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I go to a place out in Granite Shoals that looks like an old western blacksmith's shop. Dust, fire, heat, sleeping dogs and a pot bellied guy in a leather apron over a big fire.
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I'll bet there's a bubbling vat of goo someplace in the back.

Dropped it off at Radiator King on S. Lamar on Friday. Howard recommended the place.

The owner saw me walking in with the radiator in my hands and said "that's for an Alfa Romeo." I knew I was in the right shop. He later asked if I knew how Bob was doing. I love this town.
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Does anyone know a reputable head rebuilding shop for alfas?
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:04 PM
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I've used The Cylinder Head Shop on 620 for various machine shop jobs when I was rebuilding a 2L, but not head work. They did a good job.

I've heard that local Alfisti (and a buddy with a Mercedes 280SL) use them for cylinder heads, but have no immediate experience.

Be forewarned, the guy (Dan?) is a little crusty but seems to know his stuff.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:23 AM
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thanks for the info!
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