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Old 03-22-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

How much should it cost to re-core a 4 row OEM radiator (1972)? I am getting a price of $450. That sounds high to me. Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I bought a new one for a lot less than that.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:19 PM   #3
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

Yep, a new one can be had for much less. I would not re-core this one for $450, but before I run it around town for more quotes I want to know if the $450 price is close to what someone should expect to pay.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:33 PM   #4
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I had my original re-cored and rodded for $80. Local radiator shop.
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I was quoted almost 600 to do mine a few years ago i just got an all aluminum one
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I had my original re-cored and rodded for $80. Local radiator shop.
Is that shop still open , We no longer have one in Canon City. And if so where are they located. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:48 AM   #7
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I had one done this spring and it cost three hundred bucks.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:32 AM   #8
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I have had one done over a year ago it was about 430 bucks. So not a bad price. Deal with mine was an industrial grade forklift core, its thicker material by a couple of thousandths.

The cores I am speaking of come out of Canada.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:33 PM   #9
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I just had mine quoted $350 for a 2 row in San Jose CA. I’ll be going aluminum.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:10 PM   #10
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I had a 2 core turned into a 3 core with restrictors for about $350, that's Canadian dollars though. I think $400 US is a little high, even for a 4 core.

I would recommend recoring to anyone thinking about buying new.
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:06 PM   #11
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I was quoted between $350 and $375 to recore a two row core a while back. $450 may not be that far out of line for a four row core.
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Old 10-02-2018, 05:19 PM   #12
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I just bought a new 4 core copper/brass radiator for $397.30 with all new brackets and pads from LMC including shipping for my 69 Blazer restoration. It is a nice looking stock unit. I had a stock 3 core that would have undoubtedly needed to be worked on. Did the same when I restored two other trucks and my GTO's. I like new and stock appearance, especially with the cooling system - new hoses, water pump, thermostat, fan clutch, and a good shroud.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:09 PM   #13
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

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I had my original re-cored and rodded for $80. Local radiator shop.
If they recored it, why did they have to rod it out?

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Yep, a new one can be had for much less. I would not re-core this one for $450, but before I run it around town for more quotes I want to know if the $450 price is close to what someone should expect to pay.
mine was recored cost was $538.00 4 row core Michigan
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:36 PM   #15
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

It's expensive because there are limited suppliers for the cores now. What ever you do don't throw that 4 row away. The tanks are worth money. Someone will need them for restoration at some point. They don't reproduce them.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:41 PM   #16
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

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I had my original re-cored and rodded for $80. Local radiator shop.
Now you didn't. They either rodded out the original cores, or they recored it.
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:27 AM   #17
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I had found a place in California who still built the factory Harrison radiators With me living in Alaska and moving to Reno Nevada , I opted to not spend the $350.00 for a recore and $425.00 for some knock off cheepo , I went to this company in California and for a Desert 4 core radiator with automatic transmission fittings delivered to me here in Reno was under $400.00. Just had to round up some big block upper radiator brackets and I was golden. The truck runs all day long at 190.
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:09 AM   #18
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Re: Radiator Re-core - How much should it cost?

I think I paid about $100 about five years ago to have a radiator guy build a two row with proper tanks and a good core (see thread here).

Radiator shops are dying out though....
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