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OT - NMC - looking for a radiator for my wife's 210


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Don't look here if posts not involving Midgets or Sprites is offensive to your tender sensibilities.
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Fair warning?

I'd like to replace the radiator in my wife's Datsun 210 but can't find many that I can get here by Monday without paying around $100 for shipping.
Anyone have thoughts or ideas?

I've posted over at Ratsun.net but so far no good.

One option is to pull it and take it to get repaired but that means the car would be down for days and since my Midget is also off the road that would leave me borrowing one of my kid's cars.


Local U-pull's?? Older salvage yard's?? If the west coast is like it is around here most of the stuff from the 70's and 80's has been crushed. If you can afford to wait try Car-Part.com. I've collected engines and trans but no car's. Wife says there are enough British hulk's around already.



Knowing her I suggest you take her opinion to heart!
You can tell her I said so too!


I phoned Jerry at South End Auto Parts (a wrecking yard).
He will work on it on Saturday for me, I'll get there early with coffee and donuts for him.
He's a curmudgeonly old guy missing most of his teeth and looking like he works in a radiator shop 6 days a week but he really knows his way around a radiator.


Cultivate friendship's with guy's like that! They are a dying breed....I went to see the old guy I've had do machining for me for decade's yesterday and found out that he has quit. Say's hes not up to doing it anymore. I may have to buy a lathe and mill! Along with my welder going up in smoke I'm feeling pretty helpless!



Great Pumpkin
Cultivate friendship's with guy's like that! They are a dying breed....

Amen to that! I have a radiator guy just like that and he does great work.


Look around estate sales and such, sometimes you can really score on some nice equipment.
If I had the space I could have quite a machine shop right now.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to take all the stuff I've seen go for a pittance.


I was going to suggest Bar's stop leak. That stuff has worked miracles for me in the past. I attempted to self repair my radiator... and while I am curmudgeonly, old and missing teeth, I have never worked in a radiator shop. Needless to say, there were leaks when I was done. I added some Bar's stop leak and 3 years later I am still driving. [knocks on own wooden head]

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