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Scott McKinnon NC    Posted 02-16-2017 at 16:10:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 8N radiator
  • I am going to replace the radiator on my 52 8N. I have found prices from $149 to over $300. I have never purchased parts through ebay before, but that's where the $149 price is. Has anybody had good experience from one of the lower cost radiators they would recommend?

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 02-17-2017 at 14:31:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • All of the cheapest replacement radiators are "universal fit" type with an automotive core. Usually made in China. Smaller automotive tubes and fin spacing means they might cool well when new, but will clog with trash much faster on most working tractors. The "universal fit" means they don't fit any of the stated applications very well, but can sometimes be made to work. Some of the more expensive replacements are supposed to be "restoration quality". Those are usually made in India. When I looked at those prices, it made a lot more sense to take my old one to a radiator shop. When I got it back it looked like new, fit perfectly, and cost was somewhere between the various new replacements.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-17-2017 at 07:03:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • In January 2004 I purchased a radiator from Valu-Bilt of Indianola, Iowa for my 860. Paid 159.99 As I recall it went on fine.

    One year later it had failed! They replaced it in warranty however the second one would not mount up properly. Had to connect the hoses before I bolted it down. Ended up reshaping the shroud around the lower hose with a ball peen in order to get the fan to turn.

    Satisfactory service since that time. I certainly would look into having the old one repaired were I to do it over again.

    Good Luck


    PS: I no longer trade with Valu-Bilt!

    Richard NY 2Nand    Posted 02-16-2017 at 22:02:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I got a new radiator from a john deere dealer. It came from Ireland. It was $160 and worked out fine in my 2N.

    Chuck P NY    Posted 02-16-2017 at 20:46:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Scott I used lower price Rad. for my 51 was only 3 row ,original was 4 row. also now the cap is not straight ,points to side. instead of straight back

    Del Huebner    Posted 02-16-2017 at 20:38:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I was helping the neighbor with his 8N that needed a new radiator. He bought one of the cheap ones on Ebay for me to install. The radiator was too short leaving a big space between the hood and the top of the radiator. It also sat too far forward when I tightened the bolts on the bottom of the radiator. To get it centered I had to loosen the bottom bolts and center it by drawing it up with the top radiator hose then draw up the bottom bolts but not tighten. I will get my own re-cored as I have been doing but the neighbor wanted to save some money?

    John in Mich    Posted 02-16-2017 at 22:30:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A 2N that I purchased last year had a radiator that was too short. The cap (not N)was below the hood. I took the radiator to my local rad. shop. He checked it and said it was for a Ferguson. I replaced it with an N rad that I had in the barn. I will sell the Fergy rad.

    John in Mich    Posted 02-16-2017 at 19:54:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have never bought a new radiator. Every tractor that I've had, had one. I have had numerous radiators repaired, usually a new core. A local shop has a good reputation and I am one of their satisfied customers.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 02-16-2017 at 18:43:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I see you are in NC. If you are w/in a couple hours drive of Petersburg VA, take it to Modern Radiator. Call him first, 804-733-0381. Best radiator guy I've ever seen. He just did my Model A radiator.

    Rustyal    Posted 02-16-2017 at 17:31:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The cheaper ones are going to have less cooling tubes. The Tisco rep said they sell the best which is another reason they cost less. And he said they work fine. I installed one of the more expensive ones (Tisco) Think it was around 200. It did not fit perfectly and caused me to modify things. But have not tried one of the cheaper ones.

    JMOR    Posted 02-16-2017 at 17:05:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Never had any experience with any replacement radiators, but as a regular on these forums for over a decade,I have seen many, many complaints of "do not fit". Just 8N's radiator is about the only one that I can remember anyone saying anything positive about the fit. Hopefully others with first hand experience will post for you.

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