We are often asked by prospective customers to “just re-core my radiator.” We do not just recore a radiator, rod out cores or hot tank a radiator in caustic chemicals. These may be time saving techniques but they can damage, weaken or shorten the life of your radiator. Furthermore, these terms suggest quick and easy fixes to fundamental problems, weak brittle metal, clogged tubes or compromised joints or seams. Shortcuts invite problems and we don't want problems. Instead we offer a thorough restoration service.
Our prices for this service are based upon time and materials. We place orders in a queue and restore as the work order comes up. Please allow ample time for the restoration of your radiator. Due to the unpredictable nature of used radiator parts (original top and bottom tanks, inlet and outlet fittings, etc.) and the passage of time on metal materials, we cannot guarantee the long-term structural integrity of your old parts but we will not use any compromised parts.
Our standard two-year warranty against solder joint leakage, as well as our two-year warranty on the materials and workmanship used in the construction of the new core still applies.
Radiator restoration is rarely easy and never quick. Perhaps a better question is “what is the difference between a restoration and re-core?” Our radiator restorationsgenerally involve the following steps.
An estimate of the restoration time is made and the customer deposit is provided.
A visual inspection and physical test of the radiator to identify stress cracks in tanks
Dimension and dismantling the old radiator.
Surface cleaning and further inspection of all parts for damage.
Parts straightening, dent removal and parts fabrication as needed
Pressure testing for leaks
Testing the fit (if shell or mounting assembly is provided)
Painting or prepping for paint
Packaging the radiator in a custom foam filled box or customer crate suitable for return shipment
We make to order. Please allow adequate time for us to build.
Build time estimates [Oct. 2023]
Brass Model Ts 4 months
Black Model Ts FT 6 weeks - RT is 5 months
Model As 3-4 weeks
Heater cores 3 weeks
Common street rods 3.75 months
Tricky customs & restorations 4 months
We appreciate your patience as we continue to recruit and train new fabricators.