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Unread 06-06-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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Replacement Radiator

Just bought a new VistaPro 436010 3 row radiator for my 1980 CJ-7. It's a V8 with automatic transmission. I've got it unboxed and comparing it to the current radiator in my CJ it's about 1/4-3/8 thinner. Has anybody used this radiator. I'm a little concerned about it being thinner.

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Unread 06-06-2014, 02:23 PM   #2
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When I had my rad re-cored, the new cores were smaller yet the shop claimed a new design that would run cooler. According to my temp gauge, they were correct.
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Unread 06-06-2014, 02:25 PM   #3
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Two thicker rows will cool better than 3 or 4 thinner rows. Depending on the stock used by the manufacturer, the 3 row may be a downgrade rather than an upgrade.
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Unread 06-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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Not only is the cores thinner overall. The tanks are way smaller. Got a bad feeling about it. Digging on the net I see now that there is one also available that has a 1/4 inch thicker core. I'm wishing I had ordered it. But the one I got is suppose to be for V8's. Hate to put it in and it not do the job cooling.
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