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    Posted: 02 Nov. 2011 at 1:10pm
My 3a needs a radiator. The top tank leaks in about 7 spots, it gets hot fast. And all the fins are hosed. Stock replacements are like $500, as you all know.

My 3A is not all original, (I have a 2a that is) While it has the stock motor and basic driveline (which will be staying, I love the little L heads) It has power steering and a lift and I am swapping to disc brakes and such.

Has anyone had any luck with an aftermarket aluminum radiator from some place like summit or Jegs? I ran one in a big block foxbody and it worked great. They are also ALOT cheaper than a stock type radiator.

I am really considering one, if I end up going that route, I'll be sure to post the install etc with part numbers. I just wanted to know what everyone thought.....
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Was more looking for whether it will work correctly or not. Or if anyone has done such a swap. I worded it incorrectly.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote F Bill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Nov. 2011 at 2:03pm

I don't see any reason it wouldn't work. If I was going to use it on the trails i would also look into a good electric fan setup too. (assuming you are already 12V.)

ECJ5 board might have more people with experience with aluminum radiators.....I'd ask there too.

If you haven't checked out the tech FAQ section, go to:
http://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/tech-faq_forum57.html
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In my Jalopy build thread, I posted up a link to an aluminum radiator from a mustang that has the same exact dimensions at the stock one. Let me see if I can find it.
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http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-380485/

I've been running mine and haven't had any problems with the V6. A highly recommended upgrade and pretty common mod.

Yes, Fbill is right, the ECJ5 board has lots of info on installing this radiator. Might want to do a search there.


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I bought one off ebay from Champion for the YJ for around $160 with free shipping, it's worked great and is great quality. I called to ask about them and talked with the guy and he said he'd talk with the manufacturer about one for a CJ2a, and seemed to think it'd could be possible. The one I got for the 95 YJ bolted up perfect and I'm very pleased with the whole deal!
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yj ones are cheaper than the smaller cj2a'3 ones...dont know why..
 
nate..that one wouldnt work with the lhead...lower hose goes to the drivers side not the pass...
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I couldn't remember which side the lower hose went too. Embarrassed It worked great with the V6. LOL
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Here is the one I was looking at.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-380424/

How do you think it is for size? My jeep is 20 miles away, I only measured the radiator, not how much room there is.......

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I also found this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEGS-52045-Double-Pass-Lightweight-Racing-Radiator-/400213619273?pt=Other_Vehicle_Parts&vxp=mtr&hash=item5d2e973249


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I am friends with a fantastic welder. What If I bought the mustang one, but in aluminum and had him move the outlets? Seems easy enough... And the rads are cheap online
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The nice thing about the one I posted is it has the same dimensions as stock and since your jeep is a 3A (assuming the radiator is grille mounted) it should bolt to the grille with some new holes.
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Why aluminum?  it's third in line for heat disapation and a bitch to repair on the trail. All it is, is lighter.
 
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Originally posted by jeepsterjim jeepsterjim wrote:

Why aluminum?  it's third in line for heat disapation and a bitch to repair on the trail. All it is, is lighter.
 
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:shrug: Then why is it a popular mod? If it wasn't a good idea, then nobody would be doing it. One nice thing about aluminum, it doesn't rot out. I haven't heard any complaints about it at the ECJ5 board...
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Aluminum ones are cheap, and if I can't find one with the outlets in the right place, it can be tig welded and the outlets moved.

If I could find an OEM unit that would be the right size and outlet config for as cheap as an aluminum one, I would buy it...
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Originally posted by garage gnome garage gnome wrote:

Originally posted by jeepsterjim jeepsterjim wrote:

Why aluminum?  it's third in line for heat disapation and a bitch to repair on the trail. All it is, is lighter.
 
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:shrug: Then why is it a popular mod? If it wasn't a good idea, then nobody would be doing it. One nice thing about aluminum, it doesn't rot out. I haven't heard any complaints about it at the ECJ5 board...
 
saves weight for race cars. The rest is all hipe.  Just MHO.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hawkjeep Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov. 2011 at 10:30pm
I am using sock Radiator it work find wend it running and get air flows in, but sitting in traffic get hot.
I also look fir a radiator I was looking at Chevy monza 1965 to 1969.

Check out this item I found on eBay:

New 1 Row All Aluminum Radiator For I4 1.4 To 2.3 1.6

Link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-1-Row-All-Aluminum-Radiator-I4-1-4-2-3-1-6-/290617136171

Look nice may be for 4cly
There was one Guy that was using this radiator on his v6.

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cj2a 1948 155822 v6 sold

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Also check this out from cj5

http://www.earlycj5.com/forums/showthread.php?89027-Aluminum-radiator
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