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rnelson284

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2016 :  20:11:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I took my radiator to the shop to have in cleaned and rodded out. They informed me today of a shoddy repair by the prior owner. I checked with the classic center and was told the 6.3 radiator is unique to that model and is NLA. The shop quoted $350 for a new core, but I'm concerned about them sourcing the correct one, so suggestions would be appreciated.

2012 E350 BlueTec
2006 E320 CDI
2002 ML320
1969 300 SEL 6.3

Art Love

Australia
6152 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2016 :  23:30:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A modern core should last you for many years. I cannot just at the moment think of the correct terminology - others will know, but in essence, the more "layers", the better.
Art
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benz_head

USA
447 Posts

Posted - 07/22/2016 :  19:44:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Contact Star Motors.

benz_head
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glusovich

USA
167 Posts

Posted - 07/22/2016 :  22:06:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You might try going to an old fashioned radiator shop. They may be able to find a core which fits physically (input, output, size, etc.) without breaking the national budget. And, they can do a lot to weld things to connect it properly.
Similarly with muffler shops, and A/C shops -- you don't always need to pay the $$$ for the most "correct" replacements, especially when you're talking about fit and function, not looks.

Brian Glusovich
M-100 member since 2000
1971 6.3 #4448, MossGrun
1958 220S, Waldgrun
1963 Jaguar E-type, Opal. Maroon
1987 Porsche 911, Guards Red
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Ron B

Australia
11554 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2016 :  07:19:12  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am doing a 280SE 3.5 for a chap here and had to get the radiator recored. The radiator shop i use has quite a good catalogue of cores, and they measure the tanks and the height and fit a core which fits. The radiator i was getting fixed had two rows of tubes and this was replaced with oe featuring three rows and the cost was $600 AUD,which is pretty good. Your radiator shop will have a similar catalogue and i would suggest you get as many rows of tubes as you can fit into the tanks .

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rnelson284

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2016 :  09:10:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I spoke with the radiator shop and the I'm moving forward with the new core. It does sound like the best option and will have 3 rows of tubes.

Now, what about suggestions for a fan clutch? The genuine Mercedes part lists for $1,000, but I have found a Behr unit for $185 and other aftermarket fan clutches for around $50. Obviously, I dont want to put the new core at risk with a cheaply made fan clutch, but spending less is an attractive option, if the part is reliable. The manufacturers are URO, Meyle, MTC or Vemo.

2012 E350 BlueTec
2006 E320 CDI
2002 ML320
1969 300 SEL 6.3
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daantjie

Canada
909 Posts

Posted - 07/24/2016 :  16:44:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stay far away from URO and MTC, absolute crap. Meyle is decent for the money.

Daniel
1977 450 SEL 6.9
Vancouver, BC
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AndrewBooty

46 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2016 :  00:40:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just went through all of this with my 1970. Local radiator shop recored the radiator with a "dimpled" core - the tubes have extra indentations for more surface area. $600 USD. Also bought a behr fan clutch from pelican parts for about $225. Those changes plus a good flush and new 75 degree thermostat and the car runs right around 175 even when quite hot out.

Andrew
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6.3Nut

USA
179 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2017 :  14:02:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Guys would you know the tube spacing and fin pattern for the orig. radiator core. I am planning to get the radiator cored and wanted to make sure I get one as close to orig as possible. I am not sure the one on the car currently is orig. or not, so your feedback will help.

There cars and then there are BABIES!
1969 Euro Model
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Edited by - 6.3Nut on 09/19/2017 14:03:21
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