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Old 07-21-2019, 10:53 AM
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Radiator Cracked

Hi,

I have a cracked radiator. The crack is in the plastic near the top hose. I have patched it several times and each time the repair fails after a few hours of driving.

I'm looking to buy a used radiator or a new one if any are available.

(I would also be interested in knowing if anyone has ever de-staked the plastic top and replaced it)

Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:43 AM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

Messaged you, I have one
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:53 AM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

Mine just cracked yesterday too. Are there no new after market ones available? I havenít found one yet. Any unused or lightly used ones available from members?
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:04 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

I have my old one (installed AMR) in a box. If someone wants to pick it up I could maybe part with it. I was keeping it as insurance.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:10 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

FYI, here's a link to the AMR SVX radiator page:
https://amrengineering.com/product/1...r-oem-fitment/

Last time I put my name on the list to get a radiator it only took a month or two for them to get enough orders to do a batch of radiators.
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:05 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

It's a bummer that Silla went out of business. They had good rads for under $200 and AC condensers too.
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:59 AM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

Similar problem with mine, I had luck searching Car-Part.com and was able to convince a pick-n-pull in Colorado to pick and ship one to me and I'll be doing the swap this weekend. It looks like there are 4 supposed radiators listed right now (one in Sherbrooke, Quebec!), of course not all are going to bother to ship and it's always a crapshoot with a salvage part that might have the same problem. Unfortunately I don't think there's enough demand for the aftermarket to be able to sustain making a profit producing new ones for us. Good luck!
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:33 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/...889664253.html

Here is a junk 93 I have been keeping my eye on lately. It might still have a radiator.
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Old 07-28-2019, 01:54 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

AMR builds a darn nice radiator replacement and price-wise, not far from the Subaru units that are less quality. If your car is worth it, I'd go AMR but they do their builds based on a number of orders so a wait may happen. My car was down for significant service so didn't mind but a daily or regular use car might require a faster solution.
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Old 07-28-2019, 04:26 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

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Hi,

I have a cracked radiator. The crack is in the plastic near the top hose. I have patched it several times and each time the repair fails after a few hours of driving.

I'm looking to buy a used radiator or a new one if any are available.

(I would also be interested in knowing if anyone has ever de-staked the plastic top and replaced it)

Thanks for your help.
Down here in Auckland, New Zealand, shortly after purchasing my SVX, I suffered the same cracked plastic radiator top tank. Drove it to radiator repair specialist close by and they fitted a beautiful metal tank at a price well below the cost of a replacement radiator, either new or second hand ex a wreck. After 20 years there has not been a problem.

The problem is not confined to the SVX and has become a major part of radiator repair business activity in this part of the world.
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:04 AM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

If you're too cheap/can't afford one, the fix I found that has worked for 8+ months was to use JBWeld waterweld. Made for pools/hot tubs, but is actually rated higher temperature wise than JBWelds own radiator patch product. I strongly reccomend it it as a temporary or semi permanent fix. Can be painted also. I painted over mine with high heat black spraypaint. Blends in better than white. Just my .02 cents
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:42 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

Thanks for all the input. I am currently on the list at AMR but there is no way of telling when the newly manufactured units will be available.

I will be trying the water weld recommended by johnsvx in order to get the SVX out of storage and over to my new place.

And after that...who knows...

Thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:55 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

Sounds good. It took me a couple of tried to repair the radiator. I'm only driving occasionally, but the last repair has lasted a year.

Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:32 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

https://reading.craigslist.org/pts/d...945683398.html


This came up in philly . Good prices I think. Rad AND fan assembly!
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:33 PM
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Re: Radiator Cracked

similar problem to my 97 auction car. It was cracked where the top hose clamps on. I was able to find a metal pipe collar to inserst inside the neck. It was a snug snug snuig fit. I had to cut the pipe at an angle since the neck is angled.
It was such a tight fit it had to be tapped into place. I used a copper epoxy spread evenly before tapping. Then after, I reached into and eoxied some more. The hose is now clamped right around the end of the metal neck. It has held up for 15 k miles and several years.

No signs of upcming trouble with it either.
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