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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-17-2016, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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94 Impala SS Radiator Selection

My radiator has a small leak on the drivers side near the end... I am looking to replace it, I have seen the spectras on ebay for about $115, and even some others that are going for about 80 or 90 .... Are the spectras any good, and which one do I order ??

I have a 94 SS , can anyone recommend a good radiator to throw in there ? Im down in South Florida , so it gets real hot down here, I would like to make sure I put something in thats going to do the job well..

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Get a radiator from Napa, Rockauto or Autozone if you like.
They all will do the job.

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I picked one up last night on ebay... Its a Spectra cu1517. Anyone have any experience with those ????

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I'm about to purchase a Silla all aluminum from Shepard Auto Parts through Amazon for $148.

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I'm about to purchase a Silla all aluminum from Shepard Auto Parts through Amazon for $148.

Is the Silla direct bolt on ? I ordered a Spectra, and will be sticking it in on Monday .... I hope it does the job.

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Is the Silla direct bolt on ? I ordered a Spectra, and will be sticking it in on Monday .... I hope it does the job.
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Direct bolt on. Made in China. Welds are marginal. Pricing good. Mine has held up well for 3 years now. Main benefit is all aluminum. If it leaks, you can use low temp brazing wire WITH flux and affect repair w/ a MAPP gas cylinder. You could use propane, but it's a little tougher.

Bottom line, it's well worth it because even if it does eventually leak, you can fix it at home instead of paying too much to have it repaired or buying a new radiator.
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When it comes time to swap rad I will go with the Silla. I like the idea of a all aluminum rad. Ther views I've seen have been good. There also seems to be a 2 row version, just not sure it's needed and they seem harder to find. This thread has some info and additional part numbers....

Unbelievable deal on aluminum radiator

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I received the Silla radiator wednesday and the quality looks real good. Not sure what i'm going to do yet about the nipple for the expansion tank as I don't really care for the rubber caps that Dorman makes as i've seen them fail. I might have a friend just TIG a piece of aluminum over the hole after I cut the nipple off unless any of you have a better suggestion (once I get a better look if that area is thick enough i'll just thread the hole and install an aluminum plug). Unfortunately i'm still waiting on my waterpump to arrive which is due to show up on tuesday and i've got the next few weekends booked already so it's going to be about a month before I install everything.

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I received the Silla radiator wednesday and the quality looks real good. Not sure what i'm going to do yet about the nipple for the expansion tank as I don't really care for the rubber caps that Dorman makes as i've seen them fail. I might have a friend just TIG a piece of aluminum over the hole after I cut the nipple off unless any of you have a better suggestion (once I get a better look if that area is thick enough i'll just thread the hole and install an aluminum plug). Unfortunately i'm still waiting on my waterpump to arrive which is due to show up on tuesday and i've got the next few weekends booked already so it's going to be about a month before I install everything.
I used JB Weld to plug it. It's held for 10 years. Then used a rubber cap just for looks.

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Put a "T" in your coolant cross-over hose and run to expansion tank.

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