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Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Timothy Bierley, Sep 23, 2022.

  1. Sep 23, 2022
    Timothy Bierley

    Timothy Bierley New Member

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    I am having a hard time finding a radiator for my M38A1 that is not priced through the roof. Will a radiator for a CJ5 with a FHead work
     
  2. Sep 23, 2022
    PeteL

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    Do you have the original? They are heavy-duty enough to be worth repairing.
     
  3. Sep 24, 2022
    colojeepguy

    colojeepguy Colorado Springs

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    Agreed - in the old days, if your radiator was bad, you took it to a radiator shop for repair. With the advent of aluminum radiators with plastic tanks, radiators became a throw away commodity.
    It can be hard to find an old school radiator shop these days, a lot of them have gone out of business.
     
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  4. Sep 24, 2022
    oblvnnwtnjhn

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    Tim there's a shop in Huntsville that quoted me $75 to recore my 61' OEM radiator.
     
  5. Sep 24, 2022
    Oldpappy

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    $75 is pretty cheap nowadays. I paid 3 times that to have my CJ5 radiator recored at a shop in Chattanooga last year.
     
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    Fireball

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    Agreed, that's crazy cheap. It's more like $200 around here if you can even find a shop.
     
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  7. Sep 25, 2022
    EDDY ARNOLD

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    I paid 400 for recore last year
     
  8. Sep 26, 2022
    Stakebed

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    Prices for the cores have doubled since pre-Covid.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2022
    kenb

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    That's crazy cheap... I think I was $350 a year ago. Still cheaper than a new wide Dauntless radiator at the time.

    That being said, there are places that list radiators as for the M38A1 and CJ5 together. There are plenty of people who have mixed and matched grills between the two models. If I were in your position I would try one of the $100-$150 aluminum CJ5 radiators. Worst case it doesn't fit and you're out return shipping.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2022
    Timothy Bierley

    Timothy Bierley New Member

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    Kenb. I did it was marked as a CJ5. And it not fit. But it was a eBay radiator. I called a guy I went to high school with that his father had a radiator shop and he repaired it for me. He changed me 150. Thanks everyone.
     
  11. Sep 26, 2022
    PeteL

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