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More parts to buy now

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:23 pm

Saturday I fired up the old Buick, wanted it to run for a few and maybe take it for a spin since it has been sitting since around or before Christmas. I was buildind a fire outside for my wife, enjoying listening to it rattle off that nice cam rumble and noticed an antifreeze leak, first thing went thru my head was OH NO my block has froze and busted!, Turns out looks like the old radiator or lower hose has sprung a leak WHEW! what a relief! Just gotta save up to buy a new radiator and make sure my hoses are tightend correctly.
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Re: More parts to buy now

Postby rabidmadman » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:23 am

Always a good feeling when it's something as basic as the radiator.
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Re: More parts to buy now

Postby Grover » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:12 pm

Save up your money and get a solid aluminum or solid copper radiator. Don't waste money on those half plastic/half metal pieces of junk. I replaced my radiator and regretted it ever since. I went through 3 of the plastic/metals ones under warranty and my 4th one is just OK--have to refill coolant about every 2 months. The seals at the plastic/metal interface are junk and they leak from the factory.
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Re: More parts to buy now

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:26 am

I planned on getting a good aluminium or brass one. I actually need to check the clamp also, but the radiator on it now doesn't fit it very well. I don't trust those cheap ones either, I have WAAAAAY too much money in the engine to skimp here. The wife's van is down again back to her driving my truck, I'm in the Caprice everyday again, it's also good to drive it occasionally and I enjoy it, but it's a good excuse to spend money on it lol! The battery was only at 26% on my Caprice, had it tested it was getting harder and harder to start it. I also want to upgrade the alternator to 100 + amp soon. Thought I was getting ahead a little before this happened, found out that they don't make many side and top post batteries any longer with 1000 cranking amps you have to special order them, Optima's are special order too at Autozone. I was expecting to only spend $115.00 . I needed one, cause I use the top post for my amp hot wire. So I went to Oreily's and broke the bank ($235. and some change) on a red top Optima, glad I did though, no more cranking problems.
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Re: More parts to buy now

Postby theholycow » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:41 am

Advance Auto Parts is great for batteries because their prices are similar to other chains but you can knock $40 off with a coupon code by ordering online for in-store pickup. You then print your order, walk into the store an hour later, and pick up your purchase. The code changes sometimes but there's always a valid $40 off $100 code to be found by googling.
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Re: More parts to buy now

Postby Grover » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:49 pm

Find a distributor for "Parts Master" brand. My local auto supply store back home had them and they're great. The batteries have side and top posts, and I got a battery with 1100 CCA for around $90 (after returning the old one for core). Crazy battery has lasted 7 years and is still going strong. I was going through those auto zone batteries every 2 years for a while.
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