Apparently my P1 radiator is full of holes and I’ve been quoted about £450 to have it re-cored. Seems a bit steep since you can buy new radiators allegedly suitable for Flatheads for about £200 online.
Has anyone replaced their radiators or can maybe offer some advice? I’m not sure how good these cheaper ones would be, or maybe they’re better / more efficient being a 70 years more modern design?
Perhaps I need to shop around for re-coring? I’ve emailed Jim T but got no response.
Hi, Ben: l had my early-type radiator recored (with extra tubes) by a Newcastle firm about 3 yrs ago. This cost me ca. £450. So l don’t think you’re being robbed. I’m fairly sure the Allard rad. was/is a specialist unit, so maybe that’s why it’s more of a job than an equivalent Ford item. Tim.
Hi Ben, I had bought a new radiator but it turned out a real disappointment. I than decided to have the original one restored. The price quote seems very reasonable to me ( I paid more) . With a good restoration you keep the car closer to original. I am really happy I decided to do the restoration, it looks ten times better than something new
Really good responses, thanks chaps. I’ve got a couple of quotes coming soon I hope, but definitely leaning very much towards re core now. My priority is really to get the best cooling performance I can and it seems this might be the best way.