Alfetta Radiator Sprung a Leak
My Alfetta GT radiator sprung a leak. Many years ago I removed the slow intermittent yellow radiator fan and threw it away to replace it with a very efficient one held on with plastic through rod tie thingies. You have probably guessed it. One of the through rods is not so snug anymore and coolant is leaking out and down the radiator. Good thing it is one of the top ones. The temp went over the middle 175 it normally sits and then back down. I filled it back up and got home no problem. I was filling and bleeding this weekend and let it cycle through one fan-on cycle and noticed some wisps of vapor out of the radiator fins. A closer look revealed a green wet stream going down the radiator to the bottom of the lower radiator support and some pooling down there. Never seemed to have dripped onto the ground, though.
Anyway, I've removed it and will bring it to some shop near me. I'm looking close by, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek. Anyone with suggestions, let me know. But what I really wanted to ask was, does anyone know the extent of damage that one of these plastic through rods will inflict if allowed to wiggle around for sometime? Would it be a little hole they would weld up in a jiffy? Or is this core damaged and in need of some more extensive work?
And do most shops not want to deal with some repair welding and try to suggest replacing the core and re-weld on my side tanks? And is that not such a bad idea? Are there matching cores for our radiators? And finally, what sort of difference in price would there be for some hole repair vs a new core welded to my side tanks.
Forgive my ignorance, but I've never had to deal with something like this before.
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