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Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by wmcalister1, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. wmcalister1

    wmcalister1 Rookie

    Nov 5, 2003
    31
    Noticed a small pinhole leak in my 80 308. Is there any recommendations for repair shops or replacement sources?
     
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  3. dan the man

    dan the man Karting

    Nov 5, 2003
    146
    Alabama
    Full Name:
    Daniel
    This really is question more for a local mechanic's shop, or if you have a mechanic that you use, ask them for a reputable Radiator repair shop.

    Any good radiator repair shop will be able to repair the radiator, up to and including replacing the rows.

    This should not be a very expensive thing to have done. If the pin hole is in one of the juggs, then they should be able to repair that for (in my area, south east US) about $65.00. Generally when they rebuild it, they will reuse your juggs and replace the rows, and pressure test the unit. This should not be more than (again in my area) $150, $200 tops. Your area may differ.

    I do not feel that it is worth the cost of shipping the radiator out of town just to get it repaired. Find one locally.
     
  4. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    May 4, 2001
    31,347
    Birmingham, AL
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    Tommy
    Nothing special about ours so stay away from a Ferrari dealer. Just pick a local shop that does that sort of thing. A leak is not uncommon 20+ years later. I have had mine repaired twice. Both times it was done here by a radiator shop.
     
  5. blainewest

    blainewest Formula Junior

    Aug 26, 2005
    721
    Kelowna, BC
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    Blaine W
    Just got my 75 308gt4 back from my mechanic today. The rad had developed a small leak. He removed the rad, sent to a local rad shop and they took the tanks off of the core. Turns out the leak was at the joint where the left tank mates to the core. The rad shop did a thorough inspection and cleaned the core with rods. I advised them that I was prepared to pay for a new core but the rad shop told me that the core was actually in very good condition and there was no need to replace it (pretty impressive for a 30 yr old core with 42K on it). They resoldered the tanks and core and I'm back on the road. Don't know how much it cost because my mechanic owed me a favor but it didn't sound like it was that big of a job. My advice is keep it local, send the rad to your local rad experts, let em do their job. Good luck.
     
  6. ham308

    ham308 Formula Junior

    Nov 3, 2003
    358
    NE Switzerland
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    Richard Ham
    What would be wrong with Radweld or another such product made for just this situation?

    Just drop a bit in the header tank and carry on driving.
     
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  8. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    May 4, 2001
    31,347
    Birmingham, AL
    Full Name:
    Tommy
    The take-home message here is it is easy and not expensive to fix (one of the few things that isn't)
     

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