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Blue Box Radiator Critique

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Re: Blue Box Radiator Critique

Post by misha » Sun May 24, 2020 5:01 am

Abscate is right...
Water/coolant flow lines must be without restrictions and damages.
Some dents and damages on the grille of the radiator(air flow/honeycomb) is not that important unless there are a lot of them and if they are blocking the airflow.
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Re: Blue Box Radiator Critique

Post by ZionXIX » Fri May 29, 2020 7:20 pm

Alright, round 2 of blue box radiator Critique. This radiator looks like it was dragged or something was dragged across it and scraped every single flow tube. I'm concerned the metal may be thinned in those places and at greater risk of leak. Am I being too picky?

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Re: Blue Box Radiator Critique

Post by Sveedy » Fri May 29, 2020 7:49 pm

I don't think your being anything but reasonable. Frankly that one might be worse than the first. Maybe it's the pic, but it almost looks like something corrosive got on it. I'd say third time better be a charm.
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Re: Blue Box Radiator Critique

Post by abscate » Sat May 30, 2020 4:50 am

I think that is some packing material or spacing material from manufacturing.

Knock it off with a stiff brush and see if the metal underneath looks ok.

I would run number 2
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