Why You Should Upgrade Your Classic Car’s Radiator

April 7, 2020

You’ve finally gotten your hands on the classic car of your dreams. You want to take it across town to a summer car show. The only problem is it’s 90 degrees outside and your car is already running hot.

Overheating is a common problem we see in classic cars. Customers want to be able to drive their cars across town without the fear of being stranded. In this instance we usually find that replacing the original radiator with a larger, more efficient one does the trick.

We could go through the whole system of hoses, gaskets, and even the original radiator itself to clean it and make it run smooth again, but there’s still the possibility of overheating. Speed limits are higher today than they were 60 years ago. Towns are bigger, there’s more traffic on the road, etc. All of this adds up to more work for the motor to do and, as a result, more heat generated.

What we usually end up doing for customers that want their classic car to be a good “driver” is replace the existing radiator with one from Be Cool, Vintage Air, or Cold Case. Which brand we end up going with usually depends on the vehicle's need and the customer’s budget but all three are great options for an upgraded engine cooling system. Our package also includes a new alternator to manage the added power required by the new cooling system.

With a bigger radiator, your classic car can make longer trips, withstand the summer heat, and perform better in traffic. If you want to be able to drive your hot rod around town without fear of breaking down, upgrading the radiator is a good option to consider!

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