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Old 12-09-2018, 09:57 AM
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Heater core rebuildable?

I asked a radiator repair shop about fixing my leaky heater core and they said it would just be easier and cheaper to just replace it.

The stock core is much higher quality, the replacement I just installed sure does seem cheap.

What say you?
Repair or replace?
 
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:49 PM
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Replace. But with a quality one. Different brands build it different than others. Remember, you get what you pay for.
 
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:14 PM
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C7TZ-18476-A .. Heater Core / Obsolete

1967/72 F100/750 except 1968/72 F100/350 with factory installed integral A/C // 1973/79 F500/880.

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I replaced the heater core in my '87 with an aluminum replacement instead of the higher priced brass OEM style available. I saved a few bucks, and the heat coming out of the vents is much hotter than with the stock core. But, there are so many fins so close together on the aluminum core the air flow is quite a bit less. I guess that's why the heat is hotter, but I would like more airflow, even though it gets so hot I have to turn the heat down pretty quick. I got mine at O'Reilly Auto Parts. If I had to do it again, I would get the brass OEM look alike.
 
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Originally Posted by yardbird View Post
I replaced the heater core in my '87 with an aluminum replacement instead of the higher priced brass OEM style available. I saved a few bucks, and the heat coming out of the vents is much hotter than with the stock core. But, there are so many fins so close together on the aluminum core the air flow is quite a bit less. I guess that's why the heat is hotter, but I would like more airflow, even though it gets so hot I have to turn the heat down pretty quick. I got mine at O'Reilly Auto Parts. If I had to do it again, I would get the brass OEM look alike.
That's good to know, thanks for sharing!
 
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:21 AM
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Thanks for the replies.
im going to look around for higher quality than what I got.
I'm sure it will work, but I doubt it lasts long.

Thanks!
 
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:57 PM
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When heater cores and radiators leak, you have to remember that the entire assembly may be subject to the same failure in other areas. Repair rather than replacement is often temporary until the next solder joint, tank or tube fails....I learned that the hard way.
 


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