Heater core, new or re-core?

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Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by RedBird64 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:50 am

Hey, that rhymes!
I plan on replacing my heater core this winter (if I can get all my other projects done) and I'm torn between buying one from someplace like The Bird Nest and just having mine re-cored. I have no idea what the quality of new parts is or where they're made. I know Spectre doesn't make them and they're one of the few manufacturers I would trust.
Cost aside what do you think is best?
Any insight is appreciated.

Scott
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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by stubbie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:24 am

Scott I had mine remade used the old tank and frame and a new core. It wasn't cheap I think about $350 but I think the guy saw me coming and added $100 just because he could. The core is the best money can buy apparently.

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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by jtschug » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:02 am

If you find a shop you trust, I would do a recore.

A local shop knows that if it leaks, you will be an angry customer in their office. The "new" cores come from overseas. I've got no idea about the quality. I would only consider them if I couldn't find a good local shop.

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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by paulr » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:15 pm

Scott, Performance Radiator in SODO did mine about 4 years ago. Nice shop to work with, fwiw. I think it was about $200, but I really can’t remember.

I’ve also had them recore my AC condenser and some other stuff. Good shop (they actually send their auto stuff to their Tacoma shop).
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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by RedBird64 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:52 pm

Thanks gents, I was actually thinking of Greenwood Radiator (in Northgate) which were the guys that did my rad. Getting the heaviest, thickest or what ever, so that it never has to be touched again is my goal.

Scott
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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by paulr » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:35 pm

RedBird64 wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:52 pm
Thanks gents, I was actually thinking of Greenwood Radiator (in Northgate) which were the guys that did my rad. Getting the heaviest, thickest or what ever, so that it never has to be touched again is my goal.

Scott
That would be a lot closer to you. Good tip to have. I’ve enjoyed living not to far from the industrial past of the town as long as it’s lasted. Slowly, it’s getting swallowed by tech and developers; city’s going to heck 🤦‍♂️
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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by Rt.146 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:34 am

There is a radiator shop in RI, that will sell a new copper heater core made in USA, $150.00. Central Auto Radiator.

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Re: Heater core, new or re-core?

Post by RedBird64 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:40 pm

Rt.146 wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:34 am
There is a radiator shop in RI, that will sell a new copper heater core made in USA, $150.00. Central Auto Radiator.
Thanks RT!

Scott
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