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Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
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02/06/2009 12:33PM

Main British Car:
1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: February 01, 2013 09:43PM

If i were to sell the radiator from my AH3000, what is it worth? It leaks from the bottom of the top tank...


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 01, 2013 10:45PM

Radiators can be repaired. New cores can be installed. So the leak might not be expensive to fix.

But would your radiator suit a stock 3000 or just a hot-rodded one? In your avatar, it appears that your top hose port has been relocated to the wrong side.

When I originally built my MG I used its stock radiator but I soldered in oversized ports and I swapped them from side to side, making that old radiator useless to someone with a stock engine.


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Rick Neville

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12/19/2007 05:01PM

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1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: February 02, 2013 10:49AM

Curtis is right, your inlet has been changed from stock Healey. I think you'll have a hard time selling it.


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Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
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1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: February 12, 2013 12:43PM

Dang! alright.... thanks for heads up on that... shoulda payed more attention to it...

I want a lower profile 3 or 4 core radiator. something that doesnt come up so high, but can handle more volume than the current radiaitor. This engine had real bad cooling issues before i tore it down.

prolly have to have one made...


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Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: February 13, 2013 12:11AM

Call Summit or Jegs - they can probably find you one based off the measurements that worst case would need the inlet &/or outlet moved. Still less money than a fully custom made one.


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Rick Neville

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1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: February 13, 2013 09:10AM

Rob,

I don't think there's going to be much available off the shelf. The space available for a radiator in the Healey is pretty minimal (about 18 in wide IIRC) and the steering shaft and box prevents installing something wider. Additionally, the steering cross tube is located in such a manner that limits the size of the lower tank that will fit. I tried to install one of the 65-66 Mustang 5.0 conversion radiators in my car and just couldn't make it fit. I think a lot of the Healey guys with big radiators have only been able to accomplish this by converting to rack and pinion steering to get the extra needed room.


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Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: roverman
Date: February 13, 2013 02:59PM

I have seen x-flows mounted vertically ?



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Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
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Main British Car:
1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: February 14, 2013 10:11AM

Xflows?


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Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: February 14, 2013 05:48PM

Cross flow radiators... e.g., radiators with their tanks on the sides instead of the top & bottom. The water then runs side to side instead of top to bottom. Net is if you find an off the shelf radiator that fits, even if turned on it's side, you can make it work by having a radiator shop move the inlet, outlet, and/or filler to where you need them.


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Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
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Main British Car:
1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Re: Austin Healey 3000 radiator value?
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: April 16, 2013 09:10AM

thnx guys, for the responses.... I been workin on it. got a guy sayin he can bring this one back to life with more cores. I may end up plumbing th car for an additional radiator tho.


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