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    Need a new radiator. Opinions on Aussie Desert Coolers.

    Looking for a new radiator and had my eye on Aussie Desert Coolers "5 row desert cooler to suit big block chev" triple flow $640.

    Does anyone have any experience or opinions on these or the company itself?

    Is there anything better I should go for?

    Would aluminium be worth the extra?

    Thanks.
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    Anyone?
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    Blackbart,

    Sorry but I am not able to help with the Desert Cooler info but there is a brand called Mesabi which may be worth keeping in mind.
    They have an Australian branch and here is the main web address:
    http://www.mesabi.com/

    HTH, Cheers, Pete

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    Need a 16 inch thermo fan BB? I got one for sale.. $80 and its yours....
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    Mike, Have you thought about contacting somebody like A.R.E up in qld about a custom alloy jobby? They're work is absolutely brilliant, a really professional company, might be worth giving them a look at?.
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    I'd love a custom alloy one but thats going to be a bit exxy. I'll ring around a few places in the next 2 weeks getting quotes.
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    Mike, all the rod guys use Desert Coolers. They seem to be very popular!

    I can't speak from experience but I'd say if all the rod people are using them, they must be good.

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    Blackbart, I have a Aussie Desert Cooler in my Charger, It is one of their "tripple flow" 3 row models.
    It works extremely well....with the factory 2 row radiator the engine would boil after about 5mins, i fitted the new radiator and the car can now handle about 15-20mins idle in traffic. The build quality of the radiator is very good.

    If you use one of these tripple flow radiators with an auto...u have to run an external trans cooler, as there is no room for a trans cooler in the bottom tank.

    p.s. My charger has high comp (11.5:1) and high stall (3500rpm).

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    Ok, thanks for the help.

    Rang Aussie Desert Coolers today and got some info.

    The copper 5 row, triple flow radiator to suit BBC in HQ is $640 and is the same dimensions as the current radiator.

    They have 2 aluminium ones, a "street/strip" and a "burnout" one.

    I think the street/strip one is the same dimensions as the copper one, and the guy said it was good for stock-mild big blocks. $660.

    The burnout one is basically the biggest one you can fit in the front of the car! (without cutting anything). You have to make your own brackets but thats easy enough. Also said most people use AU Falcon thermos on them. This one is $850. He said you can put mega engines behind these and you wont have a problem so i reckon its worth the extra. I should be able to fit 2 16in thermos on this one too.

    HEMI'75: I'm already running an external trans cooler. And the engine is 12.5:1 with a 2,000 stall converter.
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    Sounds like a good deal BB. A mate recently had a custom aluminum one made up for his 454 and it cost $2000 - but it did come fitted with twin thermos. Mick's Metal Craft made it and it's a work of art - and best of all, it works!

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    Give Race Radiators in Melbourne a call. They did my custom alloy jobbie for $450. It was cheaper and lighter than the Desert Cooler so that's what I got. The workmanship is excellent and the price even better

    http://www.raceradiators.com.au
    They're in Dandenong: 03 9793 2798

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    hey,

    dont want to step into your V8 scene here, cause i know how much you guys hate jap cars.

    But i have a nissan silvia with a 2.5 litre turbo motor (out of a r33 skyline) , and am wondering which would be the best radiator use.

    There isn't much room in the bays of these imports as everyone knows, but just wanting to get some advice. Is getting one made up heaps more efficent???

    And how would i know if the radiator i get made up would provide sufficent cooling. Do they have to be a certain size or thickness.

    cheers.

    help would be wlecomed

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