GU Patrol 4.2TD Radiator upgrade!!

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 12:34
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Received my new radiator this morning from PWR. So far they have been great to deal with and no problems what so ever. I will be fitting it in the next day or two. Off to Stockton Beach on the weekend which should give it a bit of a test if the weather is warm. Will post details regarding fitting and any troubles encountered but the Rad. seems extremely well built(Fully welded tanks to core not crimp on's) and after a quick inspection it appears the original cowling will fit. As I said I will post further details in a day or two.
Cheers!!
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Reply By: Roachie - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 15:28

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 15:28
Goldfinder,
Good luck with the installation. I bought a new fan hub from Nissan on Friday for $350-; too late to install before we headed off camping on the Murray River. The big Datto went okay and temp gauge only went up a bit over half way yesterday on the way home as I climber a long hill heading west towards Truro on the Sturt Hwy. It was only about 33 degrees, but i was well loaded up on the roof rack and had the Ultimate Camper hangin' off the back (about 4.5tonne all up I reckon).
I will try to get the new fan put on this weekend and see what happens then.
I was talking to a couple of other members of our 4wd club over the weekend and they reckon I'd be mad to get an alloy radiator as they can't be soldered if need be, when you're in the bush. They reckon copper is the way to go. Did you think about that angle before your shelled out your hard-earned $$$$?
Cheers,
Roachie
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Follow Up By: goldfinder - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 15:41

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 15:41
If you have a standard radiator with crimp on plastic tanks and an alloy core there's not much you can do either. Did you think of that angle?
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Follow Up By: Roachie - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:29

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:29
Yeh I reckon you're right Goldfinder. I agree with you. The plastic jobbies are supposed to be "mendable" with some sort of plastic stuff you can carry with you, but I reckon there is probably some sort of 2 part epoxy stuff which would work okay on the alloy tanks anyway and would probably double for the same purpose on a fuel tank etc.
Having said that, over the years I've been driving 4 wheel drives, I've done over 600,000klm and I never had a split or cracked radiator ever........touch wood!!! So a bloke would have to be pretty stiff, eh?
Once again, good luck and I look forward to hearing how you get on because if my hub replacement doesn't work, I'll be on to PWR myself.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Reply By: goldfinder - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:36

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:36
I will keep you informed Roachie. I didn't think of the Two part Epoxy repair but I do actually carry some for emergencies when I travel. Have used it to temporary repair exhausts in the past and it worked a treat. I bet most of your fellow 4WD friends who made the comment with late model trucks all have plastic tanks and alloy cores. One advantage and reason for using alloy is for better heat dispersion.
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Reply By: rors101 - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 17:13

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 17:13
For welding alloy I carry some of those alloy brazing rods they flog at 4x4 shows not sure what they are called but with enough heat they worked a treat on my tinny. (I carry a butane soldering iron also)
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:02

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:02
Is that the $1000+ radiator?
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Follow Up By: goldfinder - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:30

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:30
$1125.00including freight to Wollongong. If it fixes my problem while towing in hotter climates(aircond cuts out) it's worth every cent to keep the family off my back!!
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 23:13

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 23:13
Goldfinder. Is the radiator you bought either 1 core of 40mm (40mm thick), 2 cores of 16mm (35mm thick) or 2 cores of 26mm (57mm thick)?
Also does the core measure 740mm beween header plates by 460mm high?
The reason I ask is that I have to quote on a racing radiator for Motec injected V8 going in a GQ for the Australian Safari. He's currently running a PWR one and needs a spare and he saw the one in my GQ. He loves mine but typical racer he wants it light and doesn't want the 57mm thick version I am running.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Roachie - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:03

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:03
Andrew,
I think I can answer the first part of that for you as I'm the bloke who originally posted about PWR a couple of weeks ago. The bloke at PWR said it was a 2x 26mm core (ie 57mm thick). However, I'm not sure of the width and height, but am fairly sure the GU radiators are wider than the GQ, being around 900mm wide. The PWR item is a direct replacement for the GU standard unit.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 17:39

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 17:39
Wont tell you of the PWR one in at AWILLs work for replacement at the moment..

its not a dual 36mm tank its single, twas very thin..
But my Intercooler looks HORN....
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Reply By: goldfinder - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 17:26

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 17:26
Installed the rad. today with no problems what so ever. The cowl and sensors fit like the original rad. The top and bottom tanks are considerably larger than the originals and the whole thing held approx. 2-3 litres extra coolant. As for the questions above Roachie has already answered about the core (57mm). As for the other dimensions the width is 900mm and the height is 450mm. Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: awill4x4 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 20:17

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 20:17
Thanks for the info Goldfinder, I didn't realise that yours was a GU, I was thinking it was a GQ.
If your new one is anything like mine (GQ one though) you'll notice an enormous difference under load.
Regards Andrew.
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