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Old 09-25-2007, 05:11 PM
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What would you do about this radiator?

I have several small leaks in my radiator. The car is a 1972 450SL. A very good radiator shop told me that my leaks are due to a deteriorating core. When I looked inside it it was gunked up pretty bad. Anway they said they could recore it and use the tanks? Whatever that means, wants to charge around $300 but it would be about as good as new. DOes this sound OK, $300 is a lot of change but new radiators are in the $700 range. I guess I could live with leaks but got it all apart and want to put it back right, what would you do??
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:19 PM
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i would get a new one.

you could probably do better than 700... and install would be a diy snap.
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:37 PM
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The tanks are the manifold like items at the top and bottom (or sides) of the radiator.
If the tanks are in good shape, and a new radiator is prohibitively expensive, a good shop and to a good job re-coring an old one.

If you run your fingers across the little fins, do they crumble?
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:23 PM
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Check on radiator.com

I got a quote for 299.00 for a new radiator for your car
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:33 PM
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$300 bucks for the recore and installation ? You better jump on that deal real quick.
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:51 PM
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no I am going to do the install, that is just for recoring. I will check on the fins crumbling, they do look pretty clogged .
Dunno I been to that Radiator.com place and was a little concerned, no pictures, no details.
When I went to the MB parts places (like here) they go for 6-8 hundred
So recoring as long as the tanks are good is an acceptable thing???
What questions do I ask?
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:44 AM
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I have several small leaks in my radiator. The car is a 1972 450SL. A very good radiator shop told me that my leaks are due to a deteriorating core. When I looked inside it it was gunked up pretty bad. Anway they said they could recore it and use the tanks? Whatever that means, wants to charge around $300 but it would be about as good as new. DOes this sound OK, $300 is a lot of change but new radiators are in the $700 range. I guess I could live with leaks but got it all apart and want to put it back right, what would you do??
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For the same price as recore, you can put in a new Behr with the reinforced neck. Check out ***************. Click on online catalog. Enter your vehicle information to find parts just for you. I did the job myself. For a few bucks more get a new radiator cap too.

$291.19 delivered to my door free shipping, no core charge.
New radiator in for a year now. No problems...good luck.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:04 AM
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... I been to that Radiator.com place and was a little concerned, no pictures, no details.
When I went to the MB parts places (like here) they go for 6-8 hundred
So recoring as long as the tanks are good is an acceptable thing???
What questions do I ask?

I bought my radiator for the 300SD there. It was a Nissen with the reinforced neck. I paid 200 for it and got it the next day. If you call them, they will answer any questions you have.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:04 AM
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we are talking about an all metal radiator from the early sl model run go with the recore,it will work fine and be reliable.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:11 AM
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yes we are, the tanks on mine are solid and heavy, I am afraid after markets will not meet my expectations, most, as I understand , are either plastic or lower grade steel.
I am leaning to the recore
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:13 AM
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For the same price as recore, you can put in a new Behr with the reinforced neck. Check out ***************. Click on online catalog. Enter your vehicle information to find parts just for you. I did the job myself. For a few bucks more get a new radiator cap too.

$291.19 delivered to my door free shipping, no core charge.
New radiator in for a year now. No problems...good luck.
for the 84 , yes , but For some reason, I think it is the size perhaps, 72 450SL radiators on any of the MB sites list from $645-$785
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:58 AM
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OK I did contact radiator.com - they cannot get it , and said if they can't not many will - suggested I talk to dealer.
Sooo recore here I go
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I've had good experiences with recoring radiators, when done by a worthy shop. Should serve you well.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:24 PM
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sent out for recore this morning. I will let you know of the results
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:50 PM
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I had the radiator recored in my 450SL, and it started to leak after two years, the radiator shop explained that the tanks themselves get metal fatigue(sp?) and the only cure is a new radiator.

I find that hard to believe, and question the ability of the rad. shop to solder properly.

I don't know what the outcome was, I put a bottle of Bar'sleak in the car and traded it in.

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