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TheBenMalibu 07-08-2019 10:57 AM

Radiator dimensions for a '62 cobra 289
 
Hello
A friend in Malibu has a 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 and she wants me to find the dimensions of the radiator, because she has to get her radiator fixed.

Is this a dumb question?

Does anyone have an answer?

Thanks.

Ben

LMH 07-08-2019 07:51 PM

Is this an original car?
An old school radiator shop can fix her original radiator. She should stick with the original and not change it to some aftermarket radiator.
Larry

CompClassics 07-08-2019 11:38 PM

If the Cobra is an original 1962 and depending of the chassis number it would have had a Harrison GM Corvette aluminum radiator, because of the construction of the radiator they are not readily repairable depending on what needs to be done.

1795 07-09-2019 03:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CompClassics (Post 1464168)
If the Cobra is an original 1962 and depending of the chassis number it would have had a Harrison GM Corvette aluminum radiator, because of the construction of the radiator they are not readily repairable depending on what needs to be done.

I think that I recall Dan Case saying the same thing regarding original radiators being replaced on many cars.

Dan Case 07-09-2019 03:53 PM

1962 radiator
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheBenMalibu (Post 1464150)
Hello
A friend in Malibu has a 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 and she wants me to find the dimensions of the radiator, because she has to get her radiator fixed.

Is this a dumb question? Does anyone have an answer?
Thanks.
Ben

Ben,
The very first few Cobra chassis came from AC Cars with AC Cars designed and supplied coolant radiators. There were no ancillary expansion tanks. They immediately proved to be too low of heat transfer capacity for the American market.

Real quick somebody, believed to have been at Shelby’s works, came up with 1962 model year Corvette radiators and expansion tanks. The parts were made by Harrison®. Some of the first cars already running with British radiators got retrofitted with Corvette parts. Thereafter street chassis through roughly CSX2140 used the 1962 model year type Corvette parts.

As John has pointed out a used all aluminum Corvette radiator 5+ decades might not be something to try and fix. That counts the one they have and any used one they might find. I don’t know much about them but I do have friends with 1962 Corvettes and they tell me nice dependable brand new reproductions are available. Here is the first one I spotted in a quick search.

https://www.corvettecentral.com/62-d...n-dated-241061

CompClassics 07-09-2019 10:38 PM

There are a couple of different avenues you can take, this is from DeWitts....they also have a lesser than Concours style radiator available....

https://www.dewitts.com/collections/...ation-radiator


https://www.dewitts.com/collections/...minum-radiator


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