Radiator choices,modified Modine, Nissens or AKG?

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Tue Jul 22 16:42:00 EDT 2003

At 11:24 AM 07/22/2003 -0500, Martin Pot wrote:
>Hi there.
>My radiator has gone bad on the '91 2CTQA, and have to make up my mind which
>way to go. I have gone through this before with the sedan, and ended up
>buying a Modine, which I had modified by letting the radiator shop adding
>two one inch nipples for the aux radiator.
>It has been a year or so and have not had any trouble with it.
>Now I have found a Nissens 60437 radiator that is all metal and is made for
>this car.
>The trouble seems that there is a quality issue relating to the lower mount
>strength, the tank construction and the paint coverage.
>I was wondering if any of you are using a Nissens and have experienced any
>I sure would like to go all metal because I have had the broken neck
>experience with my '86 5KCSTQ at a most inconvenient time, and don't want
>that to happen ever again.

I just experienced the broken plastic neck on the 200q20v radiator.  I
bought a new OEM through Scott Mockry, who also handles the Nissens.  The
UPS driver who delivered the radiator to me today couldn't believe the box
contained a car radiator because it was so light.  I ordered the OEM
because I figure the original lasted as long as any radiator I've ever had
on a vehicle (except tractors).   If I still have the '91 in another dozen
years, I'll order another OEM plastic-tanked version as a precautionary
replacement.  And I'll keep the original around with its copper tube
epoxied to the plastic "just in case".

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