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    1993 RANGE ROVER RADIATOR NEEDED URGENTLY

    G'Day

    The radiator in my 1993 SE Range Rover developed a leak between the oil cooler and the main radiator - I replaced the unit with a Chinese aluminium one that lasted all of 1 hour before it too pumped transmission oil into the coolant. Happily, the supplier refunded my money without fuss.

    Please respond urgently if you have one in good condition (not leaking) from an 89 to 93 to sell. Main phone is out of order so please reply here OR leave a message on my mobile 0418 230 562 OR send me a PM

    Picture shows the unit with correct fittings

    Thanks

    Alan
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    Resolved - found one

    Graeme Cooper Automotive (Thanks Craig) have supplied a suitable unit for re-coring so this request is no longer relevant

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    Matching connectors

    Quote Originally Posted by aussiebushman View Post
    Graeme Cooper Automotive (Thanks Craig) have supplied a suitable unit for re-coring so this request is no longer relevant
    Just as an update - be aware of thread matching issues. The copper & brass radiators that are supplied as "re-cored originals" have Imperial female BSP sockets pre-fitted to the end tanks. When you buy the replacement radiator, make sure it comes with spigots that fit correctly. Then. if your oil cooler lines are originals too, all will be well.

    However, if the original radiator has been replaced in the past with an after-market unit, it is entirely likely the nuts on the oil cooler lines have been replaced with metric fittings. The sizes appear to be the same, but they will NOT match.

    There are several possible solutions:

    • Conversion fitting are listed by some suppliers but then you will find they are out-of-stock OR you will get them and find they do not fit.
    • The second option is to change the cooler lines to a set having BSP connectors - hard to find and a PITA to change.
    • The best option is to unscrew/remove the connectors from your failed radiator - then you know these (probably brass) will match the existing oil cooler lines. If they are aluminium discard them and obtain some copper ones. You will probably find the spigots fitted into the new radiator are steel. If you have the skill, cut off the cooler-line ends, replace them with you original Metric ends and silver-solder them together. Fit new O-rings onto the cooler lines and put thread tape onto the radiator- fitting when you install them.


    Problem solved! Most of the time will go into finding the right bits. If you get them soldered professionally, the cost will be around $100 for one hour's work - actually cheaper than any other options

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