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METDeath
02-15-2013, 06:45 AM
No pictures just this second due to night time and lazy... but pulled up to the apartment mailboxes and noticed some smoke near a headlight, and a sweet smell. Pop the hood, sure enough, small crack in the top of the radiator, maybe an inch long.

Best part? I just got back in town, and leave again Sunday for two weeks... then probably do the same thing again. Trip to the airport is 34 miles each way. So I don't have a block of down time, plus no guaranteed place to work on the car.

So what are my options? Is there some mild repair putty that I can put on it when it's dry and let it sit for hours?

MCcelica
02-15-2013, 07:00 AM
JB weld.

Car_Barn_Bandit
02-15-2013, 08:17 AM
I always carry a tube of this in my glove box for just such an occasion:

JB Waterweld (http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1418990&cagpspn=pla)

MCcelica
02-15-2013, 08:53 AM
I always carry a tube of this in my glove box for just such an occasion:

JB Waterweld (http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1418990&cagpspn=pla)

Bam.

Siyx
02-15-2013, 02:24 PM
if you don't have JB weld try cracking an egg in there as a temp patch (obviously do it and then start the car to get it hot)

METDeath
02-15-2013, 02:42 PM
Don't have an ACE near me, but I do have a Home Depot across the street (literally), is this (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100165318/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=Water+Weld+Epoxy+Putty&storeId=10051#.UR47LaXCZ8E) the same stuff?

Also, who is it that makes the "upgraded" radiators for our cars?

Hipster Lawrence
02-15-2013, 02:55 PM
It's at the top and its cold. It'll probably be fine. You could try jb weld it might work.

Marietta radiator on glover street will have a replacement in stock. It's a 2 hour job max and I don't even think you need to get underneath the car.

The Captain
02-15-2013, 08:21 PM
You're going to need lots of JB weld.

Car_Barn_Bandit
02-15-2013, 08:41 PM
Search eBay for an all Aluminum Automax Radiator. I paid $170 3 years ago.

METDeath
02-15-2013, 10:49 PM
Search eBay for an all Aluminum Automax Radiator. I paid $170 3 years ago.

Pretty sure that's not relevant anymore... although I did get it replace.

Car_Barn_Bandit
02-16-2013, 12:19 AM
Pretty sure that's not relevant anymore... although I did get it replace.

Sad panda is sad.

METDeath
02-16-2013, 02:53 AM
Well yeah... it was slightly panda car...

Car_Barn_Bandit
02-16-2013, 03:03 AM
Well yeah... it was slightly panda car...

I had not thought of that.

joe's gt
02-19-2013, 02:12 AM
I would do JB weld temp fix and then get an all aluminum radiator from Radiator Barn. Both Nitro and I have had great experiences with their all aluminum radiators. I had one that ended up having a bad weld, my system may have actually over-pressurized it, either way, all I had to do was send them pictures of the source of the leak and the serial number and they sent me a new one free no questions asked. The new one lasted until the car was totaled.

Murgatroy
02-19-2013, 03:01 AM
I honestly don't think he is going to be able to repair his radiator, that be bought new and had installed.

4thgenceli
02-19-2013, 03:12 AM
I honestly don't think he is going to be able to repair his radiator, that be bought new and had installed.

I'm sure a little JB weld will patch that car up.

METDeath
02-19-2013, 04:30 AM
Methinks Joe missed my my other thread (http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?57201-Think-it-s-totaled).

Car_Barn_Bandit
02-19-2013, 04:36 AM
I'm sure a little JB weld will patch that car up.

If you can't fix it with duct tape, you're not determined enough.

MCcelica
02-19-2013, 06:55 AM
The new one lasted until the car was totaled.

Marshall's lasted till his car was totaled too! :)

joe's gt
02-20-2013, 06:41 AM
Must have had a few too many. Eh just do what most do nowadays. Cut the front end off and weld a new front end on. BOOM, running car.