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I got a marketing email from Centerline that they had radiators back in stock. They have a new Milano radiator that is described as compatible with 3.0 and 2.5 engines, and I wasn't sure if it would also work in a GTV6. It's $330, which seems like a solid buy. The radiator for the GTV6 is twice that. I realize the orientation is different but couldn't you just use Milano hoses to connect it, or is there more to it than that?

Otherwise I'm looking at this Griffin universal aluminum radiator that several other folks here have suggested.
 

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I don't think they are the same size unfortunately.
 

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Milano radiators are tall and norrow compared to the GTV short and wide, you can make anything fit if you want.
But they are not plug and play.
 

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Here are some pictures I took. GTV6 on the right, Milano left. In addition to the dimension issues, the inlets and outlets are reversed. So are the bleed lines, and the fan switches.
When selecting a "universal fit" radiator, remember that the position of the outlet on the GTV6 radiator (and the Milano, too) is a little bit higher up than most "off the shelf" models, and is angled. I've attached a picture of that as well. This will require some modification, moving the outlet, and adding a fitting for the fan switch. Don't forget to consider mounting of the fans, with attention to the thickness of the radiator, and clearances with the front of the engine. Many companies will offer custom work, but it is often costly, so shop around. If you have a local welder, it might be worthwhile discussing it with them. To use the Griffin, you need to move the outlet up. For the upper bleed line, you use a "zero PSI" or blanking cap, and the appropriate fitting. It definitely CAN be done, and not necessarily for a lot of money.
 

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I converted a generic race radiator for my GTV6 race car. You can buy the hose nipples and bungs from summit. This was a good amount of work. Here are a few pictures.
 

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I ended up biting a $600 bullet and having the factory GTV6 radiator re-cored by my local radiator shop. Yes, that is expensive, but still cheaper than the $1,000+ aluminum radiators offered by Alfa specialists (edit: the $649 aluminum radiator from Centerline definitely was not available at the time), plus I supported a small local business. The upgraded, 3-row core was about a 1/4" taller than the original, so the upper radiator support needed some slight persuasion to make it fit :)
 

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I'd recore mine but it seems the whole thing is pretty badly rusted. The upright support on the passenger side has rusted through and is unweldable without more substantial repairs. I tried solder and JB Weld but it won't hold. The car still cools OK, and only starts to creep hot if it idles for too long. I've replaced the fans with new SPAL knockoffs, and set them up to come on together. Definitely helps! So this isn't an urgent matter... yet. I've seen plenty of modified universal fit radiators out in the wild, which is a tempting project, as the "real" radiator is anywhere from $700 to $1300.
 

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And recoring mine might be the only option, as so one seems to have anything in inventory for less than $1200, except for cheap eBay junk.
 

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No Milano rad doesn't work with GTV6, water inlets reversed.
Re-coring is expensive and hard to find.
If enough people ask Centerline, they are great people and I'm sure Joe would get some made. He has always been a hardcore Milano guy, so he did that first, right Joe?
 

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I have two used GTV6 radiators that I could part with if anyone is interested.

Greg
 

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@chairmankaga

This could be an option for $614 USD according to my calculator. Not sure how much/how long shipping would be from the UK. This guy has a lot of cool 116 products, mostly for racing applications, though.

 
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