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« on: 27 November, 2015, 01:32:42 PM »


Hi All,

My Spider was overheating so took her to my garage who in turn found that the radiator was leaking from a small plug on the bottom tank. Under my instruction they sent it off to a Radiator Specialist (Brighton Radiators) who, a few days later, said that it was unrepairable as it was of plastic construction and not brass.   I previously thought that it had been recored by the previous owner but, in their opinion, it had not been as there was quite a bit of deterioration to the core and they thought it had just been "tarted up", painted etc.  It actually looks like a new rad ... AND I thought that all rads from this era were of plastic construction.

So, I googled a new or reconditioned rad last night and found very little .... well, in fact absolutely nothing.  Suppliers who used to sell them now list them as  discontinued.  Does anyone know of a supplier of either reconditioned or, even better, a new rad .... or does anyone had a very good rad for sale ?  Or, on the off chance, does anyone know of a fix for the leaking plug. That might buy me some time as the leak is quite slow, but ultimately the core letting the side down.

Any help would be really appreciated. 

Regards,

Chris
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« Reply #1 on: 27 November, 2015, 01:41:50 PM »

Hi Chris, had you tried the Montecarlo consortium, email plus phone numbers in back of VL, nothing listed on French or Italian sites at minute


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« Reply #2 on: 27 November, 2015, 01:48:44 PM »

Spotted this.....seems expensive, would it fit?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/radiatore-radiator-lancia-beta-montecarlo-S2-4431310-/370411247214?hash=item563e3b166e:m:mPuj0E0AEBcRBnsZsXSwp_Q


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« Reply #3 on: 27 November, 2015, 01:50:07 PM »

If it is the drain plug just put a new washer on it?

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« Reply #4 on: 27 November, 2015, 02:31:39 PM »

Hi Chris, had you tried the Montecarlo consortium, email plus phone numbers in back of VL, nothing listed on French or Italian sites at minute


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Dont you mean BetaBoyz?? as it is a Beta Coupe?
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« Reply #5 on: 27 November, 2015, 02:32:58 PM »

Nice for a Strato's replica.....
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« Reply #6 on: 27 November, 2015, 02:33:49 PM »

You could just flush the rad out very well and then refill with a rad sealant?
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« Reply #7 on: 27 November, 2015, 09:37:43 PM »

If it's plastic and needs more than a washer there should be any number of solutions from araldite to chemical metal. On hard plastic I find "pipe weld" very useful. You get it from the plumbing section of a DIY store and is used for bonding hard plastic waste pipes.

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« Reply #8 on: 27 November, 2015, 11:13:40 PM »

If it's plastic and needs more than a washer there should be any number of solutions from araldite to chemical metal. On hard plastic I find "pipe weld" very useful. You get it from the plumbing section of a DIY store and is used for bonding hard plastic waste pipes.

Frank T

That is a good thought Frank!!! It would probably be useful on all sorts of bits, even trim if you can get to the rear of it for a hidden repair!!!

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« Reply #9 on: 01 December, 2015, 12:50:26 AM »


Thanks for your posts Parisien.  Unfortunately the Montecarlo rad is much wider than the one on my Spider. Aside from the listing, I know this from fitting a recored rad to my Monte a few years ago.
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« Reply #10 on: 01 December, 2015, 01:11:22 AM »

If it is the drain plug just put a new washer on it?

Sean

Thanks for that Sean, I will check if it's a drain plug. To be honest I did not to get a look at the rad once off the car and it went straight  to the rad co.  They were very negative and damning about the rad just because it was plastic.
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« Reply #11 on: 01 December, 2015, 01:18:32 AM »

You could just flush the rad out very well and then refill with a rad sealant?

Hi Lancialulu,

Thanks for your suggestion.  I will try this once I've replaced the washer or used a strong adhesive.

Regards, Chris
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« Reply #12 on: 01 December, 2015, 01:40:43 AM »

If it's plastic and needs more than a washer there should be any number of solutions from araldite to chemical metal. On hard plastic I find "pipe weld" very useful. You get it from the plumbing section of a DIY store and is used for bonding hard plastic waste pipes.

Frank T


Thanks for the advise Frank, I might just go for the Pipe Weld if the washer doesn't fix the drip.  I was a bit disappointed with the rad co. to be honest that they did not suggest this fix.

Regards, Chris
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« Reply #13 on: 01 December, 2015, 07:05:52 AM »

If it's plastic and needs more than a washer there should be any number of solutions from araldite to chemical metal. On hard plastic I find "pipe weld" very useful. You get it from the plumbing section of a DIY store and is used for bonding hard plastic waste pipes.

Frank T


Thanks for the advise Frank, I might just go for the Pipe Weld if the washer doesn't fix the drip.  I was a bit disappointed with the rad co. to be honest that they did not suggest this fix.

Regards, Chris

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