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Putting the head back on

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by Alpine 1789, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    I just dropped a spare rad off at a local place and am going to have it recored. I really don't have overheating issues but figured it wouldn't hurt to spend a little extra for the peace of mind of a new, more efficient core. It will be ready before I leave for WI, so I should have it for the Invasion. I'll have a 60 mile drive on Friday with the old one, but should be fine.

    But, as I was driving to work from the shop I started thinking again about block sealer. I am afraid that I don't have complete confidence that the radiator is the whole problem. Given that I will be putting a new rad in, I was thinking about using the block/head sealer before I install the new radiator. Belt and braces, as the Brits say. Any thoughts on this idea? Any recommendations on a good one?

  2. RootesRacer

    RootesRacer Platinum Level Sponsor

    I would not install a block or rad sealer unless it was a last ditch effort.

    These sealers tend to reduce the effectivity of the cooling system by coating the tubes with goo.
  3. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    That was why I was thinking of doing it before I replaced the radiator. It seemed like a good extra check given all the time I have spent on this over the last few months, but I will defer to better educated and less frustrated minds.

  4. todd reid

    todd reid Gold Level Sponsor

    putting head back on

    I would agree with Rootes Racer. Stop leak is the last resort. Give the radiator fix a chance. I would also highly recommend upgrading to a 3 row core design - it is some of the best $$ I ever spent on an Alpine.

    Best of Luck!
  5. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks Todd. I am upgrading the radiator while I am at it, even though I have never really had an overheating problem. Except, of course, when I run low on coolant. :)

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