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1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« on: January 04, 2020, 12:48:28 AM »
I just finished replacing the ignition and tailgate locks on my '73 wagon (I had to remove them without the key) and now the radiator blew up. Anybody know where I can get a reasonably priced radiator that will fit without too much modification? Thanks, Jerry

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2020, 06:45:43 AM »
Take your rad to a rad shop & they can remove the tanks & mount them on a new rad core.......

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2020, 07:13:00 AM »
Thanks, I thought of that, but I'm not sure if the tanks are still useable.

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2020, 05:06:15 PM »
Well, that is not good......I removed a set of tanks for a guy here & then never heard from him again.
Tried to sell them & no takers......so tossed them into scrap.
They were from a 72.

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2020, 06:33:37 PM »
Define blew up. A good radiator shop can fix about anything.
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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2020, 08:55:34 PM »
Automatic or Manual? You can use an Automatic in a Manual car but you can't use a Manual in an Automatic (meaning radiators). The early cars used a 17" wide radiator. The later cars used a 20" wide radiator. I believe to was 1974 they used both the 17" with an extension plate.

Radiators are rather adaptable if you possess the skills and tools. Mounting hole can easily be drilled. If an Automatic slip on connectors can be threaded into the trans cooler and then run rubber hose with clamps to the lines. It need not be a "direct replacement" but just have the general dimensions and inlet/outlet size and locations.

  FWIW, I used my old 17" Pinto radiator in my Mazda 323 with baling wire and wire ties for the fan. I only needed it for three weeks before I sold it to the State with their gross polluter buy back program. As long as it drove in, was currently register and had failed a smog test they gave $1,000. Not a bad deal for a car that was given free to me.

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2020, 12:57:48 PM »
It's a manual. Sorry about using such a non specific term. It is leaking between the top tank and core all the way across. I have not yet taken the radiator out yet, so I don't know if it is the top tank, the core, or the joint between the two, or all of the above. I am definitely mechanically inclined, and have even built engines. But I have not had much experience with radiators other than replacing them. I remember taking the radiator from my 1970 Dodge Dart to a radiator shop back in the early '80s and being told it could not be repaired. Fortunately a new one was available. I like to think I am quite good at improvising and fabricating, which is why I was hoping to find a radiator I could do that with, and have a newer and hopefully better radiator. There are plenty of universal hoses available, but the inlet and outlet would need to at least be on the same side as the original radiator to avoid having to couple hoses together and put elbows in them. That too would not be that difficult if I had a big pile of parts to work with. But I would need to know what to buy, and if it didn't work it would just be money down the drain. I was actually hoping that someone here had done this and knew of a radiator that could be made to fit. I found a couple on eBay that claim they fit a '73 Pinto, along with several other cars. The picture has the inlet and outlets on the wrong side.

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2020, 03:13:58 PM »
You might find the later Pinto (20") radiator more available.I have a '73 that has a cradle similar to a '72. IF you can't find something suitable to replace the 17"..., well I was able to convert and run a 20" (74-80). It requires cutting and welding the cradle, moving it roughly 3" outward on the drivers side. I had to redrill a few holes as well. Still it was a rather simple process. I have a FMPF (front mounted pusher fan) so a shroud might be a potential problem for an engine driven fan. On the other hand the larger radiator might negate the need for a shroud. Do note that the 20" radiator goes all the way to the lower valance  and even required in my case a little pressure on it. It flexes readily sdo it is doable.

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Re: 1973 2.0 wagon radiator.
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2020, 05:34:17 PM »
l have the 20" that was on my wagon. Looks to be fairly new and in good condition. PM if you're interested
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