SO, I got a radiator from radiatorbarn.com, as everyone I've seen on here gave them good reviews, but I have some complaints.....
The radiator itself is almost 2" shorter than the one i pulled out (assuming it's original).
There are 5 LESS water channels on the replacement one.
After installing, when filling and bleeding the system, a piece of styrofoam floated up
They'll be getting a call Monday morning
Here are a couple pictures.... the old radiator did not have the 1" tall metal bar at the top (which makes up 1" of the 2" this one's short) Please note, the upper radiator hose is smashed into the air intake pipe !
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)