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Radiator Size: does it matter?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 91VJimmy, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. 91VJimmy

    91VJimmy Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    I have a '91 Jimmy (like the sn says) and need a new radiator. There's a leak at the top that sprays a light mist of coolant into the fan shroud.

    Anyway, is there any difference in using a 19" tall radiator vs. a 17" tall unit? Radiators.com needs to know which I have. Also, a friend has a 4-core unit hanging around (brand new). Is there any difference between the GM 350 car radiator and 350 truck radiator? Will certain measurements fit while others won't?

    Thanks in advance.

    Dave
     
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    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    if your radiator mounts bolts to the top of the core support you have the 19" core. the mounts are different for the 17" core and bolt to the back (engine side) of the core support. either mount will bolt to your support. the fan shroud is also different.

    if you go with a 4 core, you need to get 4 core mounts for the size core you have. they are different between the 2 and 3 core radiators.

    the core has to be the right width and height (hard to find a tall one in a car) and have the hoses in the same area.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Well, the PO of my truck put in what must be the 17" tall unit ... where a 19" had been. They solved the height issue by cutting heater hose and duct taping it into place underneath. :angry1:

    If you're gonna put in the other-size-than-what-you-have, you'll need to change the rubber mounts and top and bottom, plus maybe something up top? I just put in the right size for the truck, and voila, it fits without vibrating all to hell (gee, wonder why the fittings leaked?)

    -- A
     
  4. 91VJimmy

    91VJimmy Registered Member

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    I know now that it's the 19" radiator. Thanks for the input.
     
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    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Going to a 4 core is never a bad thing. Just need to get the upper mounting brackets since it is thicker.
     
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    91VJimmy Registered Member

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    Okay, now I have just one more Q;

    I am 100% sure I have a 19" tall core. I also have the brass endtanks. Radiator.com told me they have all-metal and metal/plastic radiators. I can get a junkyard one for $85 but can't be sure if it's the correct one until I get out there. Also, there is no return on that--only credit. The online one is $139 with a 1-year warranty. What should I do? I'm not committed to this truck for much longer than a few months, but it needs to travel a lot in that short amount of time.

    I suppose my question is whether or not the plastic endtanks are standard in the GMC Jimmy, and whether or not they came on the 3-core radiator (A/C and AT). Thanks for the help.

    Dave
     
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    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    I got mine from www.1800radiator.com, I think it was more than $139. But, I got a 4 core. I know it was less than $200 shipped.

    I would go for a new one. Some things I just dont do used.
    Radiators being one of them.
     
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    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Oh, and mine is all metal.
     
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    91VJimmy Registered Member

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    Yeah, I don't think a junker is the way to go either. If you had to junk a K5, then you probably didn't give a crap about it from the start. :D

    I will go with the internet one.

    Thanks, Ken.

    Dave
     
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    plastic tanks are ALWAYS a bad idea:xmas:
     
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    Yeah, you're talking to a former SHO owner here. First one I had split the tanks after a few weeks of ownership. (No Ford cracks here, that's a Yamaha motor and Mazda drivetrain!)
     
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    Oh yeah, I meant to say that too... No thanks to the plastic.
     

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