Scrap Buick Copper Radiators?

Discussion in 'The Big Chill' started by BQUICK, Jul 3, 2018.


    BQUICK Well-Known Member

    Should I sell my old radiators for scrap? 2 bucks a pound
    Most were taken out of cars I parted out and are good. Do people need original style copper radiators for restorations?
  2. Duane

    Duane Member

    Yes, there are still people like me that use copper radiators for restorations. If you could let me know what you have I would probably buy some of them.
  3. OHC JOE

    OHC JOE Mullet Mafia since 2020

    Can't you just reuse the tanks on the side
  4. marxjunk

    marxjunk Well-Known Member

    i cut the tanks off with a sawzall and scrap the cores..shipping is stupid high..everyone wants to save them for restos etc..but most just dont come thru..i sell tanks..a lot of tanks..but they have to be mint..once you figure out which tanks are works out well..i sold a pair of tans for $1000...i couldnt get 250 for them as a radiator...i dont understand it..but who cares...

    BQUICK Well-Known Member

    A body 2 and 3 row
    E body 2 and 3 row

    Are there tag codes to look for? Should I save tanks only?

  6. Duane

    Duane Member

    I am looking for certain radiators/tanks. There are letter codes embossed on the tanks like "CF" and "IA". The ones I am interested in would be the A & E body 3-cores.

    If you could let me know what you have I would appreciate it.

    BQUICK Well-Known Member

    Only ones I have with tags are Y7 and ZG
  8. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    I have an A body 3-row for a 4-speed
  9. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Scrap them. The market is very narrow and not worth the effort.
  10. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Don't look at the tags. The tanks themselves have 2 letter codes like Duane said. Original Harrison tanks are getting harder and harder to find
  11. Duane

    Duane Member

    The codes I am looking for are stamped with raised letters on the tanks.

    I am looking for the following codes.
    If you have any of these I would appreciate your letting me know.
  12. HotRodRivi

    HotRodRivi Tomahawks sighted overseas

    I bet the numbers crazy collector crowd pays a lot for that stuff.
  13. Duane

    Duane Member

    Well it sure beats saving it instead of watching it hit the scrap heap where no one can use it.
    Brett Slater likes this.
  14. BQUICK

    BQUICK Well-Known Member

    OK, I'll check next time I'm there. Where is the code located on the tank?
  15. 1972 Stage 1

    1972 Stage 1 Well-Known Member

    The passenger side tank stampings are just below the upper trans cooler fitting. The drivers side tank stampings are closer to the middle.

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  16. white72gs455

    white72gs455 Going Fast With Class!!!

    Do you have anything from the 50's? I could use one for a 54 Super with a 322...
  17. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    You mean like this? "A" or Jan 70 date code 20180716_202258_resized.jpg 20180716_202333_resized.jpg
  18. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    This is the Harrison that's in my car. I don't think it's the born with radiator but it might be close - or I could be wrong - which wouldn't suck.

    This picture is a zoomed in screenshot of one I took a few weeks ago after Dave Johnson methodically popped the overflow hose clip on the tank when I saw him at a car show.

    I know IA is embossed on the driver's side tank but this CF stamping is a recent revelation. I'll have to (clean off the tank) and look for the letter between the C and the F this week.

    This also has provisions for the TH400 and has 12D as the "build date" on the trim tag.

    That said, what's the correct code Harrison for a 1970 Stage 1 4-speed with a 12D build date?

  19. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    Apparently my 1972 Electra has no shortage of codes...

    I could not see any codes on the drivers side but it was just a quick scan before heading to work.
    Rad is out of the car and currently living in a shed in retirement.
  20. Duane

    Duane Member

    Yeah 72's started a whole different list of codes. The passenger side tanks were angled where the filler neck was attached. The ones I am looking for are the flat 71-earlier style.

    By the way, the hose clip on your pic is the other style clip I was talking about in another thread.

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