Originally Posted by SnowLeopard
Whatever became of your new radiator?
Radiator Barn's reply to my email was only to "return it for a refund" Out of the question, as I didn't have the extra funds to go grab a $200 parts store one, and didn't really want to spend another entire Saturday replacing it. AGAIN.
So what I did was look for something to fill the gap. I was looking for a taller piece of metal to bolt to the metal bracket on top of the radiator, when I stumbled across a device used to seal up the bottom of a storm door. It's aluminum, already had bolt holes in it, and has a rubber piece on it as well. I measured, then cut it to the same length as the radiator, and you'd think it was meant to be there. It filled the upper gap perfectly. I still haven't found anything for the sides, but I'm still looking. My temps have come down a bit, but I still don't like it sitting 1/2 a needle's width above 210. I haven't been able to put it in a position where it would climb like the old busted one would allow.
Here are some pics of the storm door seal:
And the gap that remains on the sides:
I did take a couple inches off my upper radiator hose, which made it a little straighter, pulling it up off the intake tube, but it's still a little rediculous.
My temps were creeping up after shutting it off, but a new radiator cap resolved that. (I'm still not sure why a new cap wasn't included with the radiator--maybe it would've kept the styrofoam chunks out of it that floated up to the neck while I was filling it)