Radiator recommendation.

MalibuDavyou5

MalibuDavyou5

Greasemonkey
Mar 2, 2020
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43
Wyoming
The Malibu sat in a shop for 18 years, though the radiator looked good, at least good enough for getting her started and back on the road, I am thinking it may be time to go ahead and swap it out for a new one, Anyone have any recommendations for a better performing/cooling after market Radiator? Some thing easier to install would be great.

1981 Chevy Malibu K 3.8L OHV
 
78BB-Pontiac

78BB-Pontiac

Apprentice
May 6, 2019
85
33
St.Paul, Minnesota
The Malibu sat in a shop for 18 years, though the radiator looked good, at least good enough for getting her started and back on the road, I am thinking it may be time to go ahead and swap it out for a new one, Anyone have any recommendations for a better performing/cooling after market Radiator? Some thing easier to install would be great.

1981 Chevy Malibu K 3.8L OHV
I have a Champion aluminum radiator with a dual electric fan set up cooling a big block in my Pontiac. I never have overheating problems.
 
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TURNA

TURNA

Rocket Powered Basset Hound
Jul 24, 2009
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Socialist NY
if you are keeping the stock 3.8 just go to a chain store {autozone, advance auto ot even rockauto) and get the newer style aluminum/plastic stock replacement.

No reason to to go nuts and spend a ridiculous amount of money on something that wont cool the engine any differently

Rockauto sells the radiators from 87 to 97 buxx

Autozone sells it for 120
 
MrSony

MrSony

Geezer
Nov 15, 2014
5,652
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Des Moines, Iowa
Yep, el cheapo parts store rad will work. However, you can always plan ahead.
 
85442/86buick

85442/86buick

G-Body Guru
Feb 12, 2013
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Toronto
Yes , the really question is what is your plan for the drivetrain ?

if staying stock, the cheaper option of Rockauto wins.

if planning an swap of something bigger , than start looking at Champion or Cold case
 
MalibuDavyou5

MalibuDavyou5

Greasemonkey
Mar 2, 2020
149
43
Wyoming
Thanks for the Suggestions, I will be looking thoroughly into each one then buy when I get her running.
 

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