I use a VW caddy Rad in the racecar, it works well, but there is some fabrication involved, in other words it doesnt just fit, u need to make it fit.
My advice is to take the OEM one in for refurb at silverton, will be slightly more expensive, but way less hassles to refit, PS u dont get brand new giulietta rads anymore, but there are plenty second hand ones, If u dont succeed I have 2 spare rads(dont know condition so will still advise a pressure test)
Yeah - I use a Toyota radiator out of a Corolla GLI 1.6. It's a very thin, wide, aluminum radiator, but hasn't given me any trouble - car cools perfectly.
I paid R500 odd for it, brand new. We had to cut away the original mounts and flatten them out a bit. Battery holder might also be in the way slightly. Just hammer or bend it out so it doesn't damage the radiator.
Most guys use the VW radiator though. So ask Frost about that!
Really appreciate the advice guys. I will definitely look into these 3 options, the Corolla, VW and refurb. I'm also trying to keep costs down at the moment. Need to rebuild engine, replace suspension, couplings, clutch, brakes... But that's all for another time.
I have learnt though that its important to keep these Nord engines running at proper temps. I initially had a second fan on the rad which I switched on/off depending on conditions. Eventually got tired of all that. So want to start with proper cooling first this time.
anything but an OEM rad will entail u hacking pieces of metal out under the hood, so honestly I would go for a refurb rad, if they are in good nick the temps will be fine Jaque takes his around the track and its fine for a couple of laps, also just as an aside, most guys with temp problems go straight to the rad, when more often than not its the thermostat, easy test is if the car runs in town and it gets hot, but runs cooler than middle of guage on the open road, its your thermostat, as a matter of course I would replace the thermostat too, then u know its done
Frost, :thumbs: Need to put that on the checklist too.
I removed the thermostat a few months ago as I noticed that the car started overheating in traffic. I could hear the fan working, but one day I pulled into a garage and found all the rad pipes swollen.
Fan was still running, temp was just over 90, but the pipes didn't seem like they would last the 10km journey home. No signs of blown head gasket. Just thought that the rad is not working efficiently.
Frost is correct. The standard radiator is fine. Even for track use. As long it is in good, clean condition. I have done trackdays at 35 or 36 degrees outside temp and the gauge stayed well below 90 deg.
Make sure the plastic cowl is in place though. If it is absent your temps will be noticeably higher.
My opinion, if you keep your car as a classic and want to keep the value high, then keep it as original as possible.
Ok, speak to Ivan or Errol.
Say Steven with the GTV sent you (its the kinda family I only see when I need something,:lol
the number is 0215345527
The next to county fair in bofords circle in Epping there by springboks work
Good luck boet.
Hey Steven, welcome back on here firstly. The G is my 'long term investment' so it's unlikely I'd ever sell. But I'll keep the numbers just in case I hear of anyone else who wants to sell theirs.
Jacques, I agree with you there. I'd like to keep it as original as possible, so it can eventually equate to something similar to yours - if that's possible.
So, my first port of call will be to go to a place like Silverton, around the corner from where I work, and get a quote on refurb/re-core. etc
Take it from there.