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53 Chrysler Radiator

Discussion in 'Projects, mods, restoration' started by jmm065, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. jmm065

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    Anyone know of a place to buy a new radiator that will fit a 53 Chrysler New Yorker 331CI V8?
    Ebay has a bunch of options that say they fit, but none of it seems legit...As in, they say their radiator will fit a V8 and an inline 6 for 53/54, and it does not...
     
  2. ImperialCrown

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    Welcome to Allpar. Are the upper and lower tanks still good and you need a new core?
     
  3. jmm065

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    I'm not sure, just know it leaks and its the original.
     
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    I would go for a recore instead of replacement, that way you know the tanks and mounting brackets are correct or original.
     
  5. Adventurer55

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    A reputable radiator shop can recore easily. And since the tanks are brass or copper they can be fixed if they are leaking as well.
     
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    What they both said....
     
  7. ImperialCrown

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    I have soldered pinholes in tanks and pinched off and soldered leaking tubes. It depends upon the condition of the metal.
    One or 2 leaking tubes won't be missed by an otherwise healthy cooling system and it has saved me from having to buy a $400 recore on a radiator that wasn't that old.
    It is like sweating pipes in plumbing.
     
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    I'm calling around to a few places here in KC to check on getting it re-conditioned. Thanks guys!
     
  9. jmm065

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    Anyone with knowledge of Mopars with the early 50's power steering?
    I have a leak somewhere in the system. Planning to get it up on the lift to try to find the leak next weekend. Praying its in a hose somewhere and not in the unit itself.
     
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    You may need to dry it all off first. Then look for the leak.
    Let us know what you find.
     
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    From what I can remember from our 1953 Custom Imperial, if the leak is at the steering box, it would have to either come out the input shaft or Pittman shaft seal. Pump is on the back of the generator and a leak there could go inside the generator, I do not remember if there is a weep hole or passage where fluid can go other than inside the generator.

    In trying to remember the shop manual (I was 16 when dad sold it) there were two different power steering boxes, only real difference was the oil flow to the cylinders, one style had external lines (hard pipes) the other had internal passages. The external pipes had banjo fittings and probably metal gaskets like brake lines. The internal had seals where the cylinders attached to the main body of the gear.
     
  12. jmm065

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    I have the shop manual...Just hope it's not within the unit itself, within the steering box...No one ever gets that lucky though!
    I don't believe it's coming from the pump, hoping it's just where one of the hoses goes into the steering box.
     
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    I'll post a few pics, just so you guys can see the car itself. Been going through and undoing past poor work the last few months. Got it in October. 53(2).jpg
     
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    Man, that brings back memories. Ours was the Custom Imperial, 133" wheelbase, 331 Hemi and the semi-automatic gearbox. I seem to recall that we had to remove the washers from the Champion plugs as the aluminum tubes were the only needed seal.

    Ours had the Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, which I learned to hate helping clean and polish, years later I owned a 1955 Packard Patrician and a friend gave me a set of the same wheels but with Packard caps.
     
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    Yeah, the Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels are ridiculously expensive. Went with smoothies instead
     
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    How do you like the left handed lugs on the left side?
     
  18. jmm065

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    I'm used to them. I've had the 55 Plymouth you can partially see in one of the pics for 10+ years.
     
  19. 68RT

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    They will be stamped "L" or could have been replaced with RH threads. Things that are more interesting include:
    1) Change a flat rear tire on a slope with a bumper jack. (Hard enough on level)
    2) Pull rear brake drums. Even with a correct puller.
     
  20. Adventurer55

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    You have nice cars there. Enjoy.
     

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