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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator opinion

Have any of you used one of these Murray radiators from Oreillys? It sure has the orginal look. I need to upgrade my 2 core. I don't like running borderline temps in trafic.

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I haven't used that O'Riley's rad. It looks small from those pictures though.

It won't look stock but I suggest you buy an aluminum one and be done with it. It made an insane difference on my car.
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Champion! Great radiator and will defintely keep your engine cooler.
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For a stock to mild build they're fine, assuming you're using a stock pressure cap as well. They've been known to blow up with a high pressure cap.


The only complaint I had with the one I installed was that the paint appeared to have been still wet when put in the packaging. When I pulled it from the foam, all the paint was stuck to the protective foam and looked like crap. It fit okay and functioned fine in the '61 falcon that it went into. Didn't effect the function, just a little annoying
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X2 on the Champion radiator.

I ran one of the chain auto part store radiators in my 65, and the radiator cap would not seal on it. I tried at least 2-3 different radiator caps on it, and I would open the hood and find coolant sprayed all over the front and top of the engine. I ended up going with a Champion and have had pretty good results with it. My first Champion radiator sprung a slow leak at the bottom of the core a couple of years after I bought it, and they replaced it free of charge, including shipping.
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I went thru several brands of radiators (including Champion) trying to keep my Mustang cool here in the Florida heat. The only one that did the job and still does was a Griffin radiator.

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I tried several variations of radiators after rebuilding car and motor. This included a standard 3 core that ended up getting trashed on engine stand. A recored 3 to 4 core radiator. After adding AC it did not cool well. Bought a griffin 2 core and although it cooled a little better the "exact fit" was to tall and did not fit. Ended up trying a ACP Max-core radiator (2 core) and it fit well and is cooling extremely well. My vote is for the latter in an "s" code 67.
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I've used a number of Murray branded cooling products from the parts stores. I would call them at the bottom rung on quality. They seem to be for the people who just absolutely have to have the cheapest option. You can't deny they serve a HUGE market there but I won't use their parts on my cars as long as I have better options. They're on my list with Mr.Gasket as brands I have no interest in using.
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I've slapped many of them into late model cars and not had any issues. As far as the older ones, I prefer the alum Griffin by far- great fit, appearance, and most of all they cool pretty darn good! Last summer I stuffed Griffs in a '40 sedan, a '65 fastback, and a '59 Fairlane- all still cooling just fine.
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Griffins and Champions are great, and would be high on my list if stock appearance was not an issue or desire. The OP did reference the stock appearance in his original post and that's a pretty original (or at least stock appearance) car. If an OEM look is what your after, you won't have all of the quality choices that these aluminum radiators offer. I can't speak to the quality of the Murray
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Here's mine:

4 Row. Ordered a 3 row but they sent a 4 row. Called them and they said just to keep it. Talk about customer service!
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I prefer Atozne lackeys to oreily lackeys. I'm using their basic 3 row Spectra Premium, very original looking except for the unused trans holes, was only ~$149 or so. Give yourself a good flushing unless your fluids are prestone clean green.
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Champion Radiators are good...No denying that.... but these new "MAXCORE" Radiators by ACP are the BOMB! They mix new Aluminum and Tig welded technology with Classic Original Looks!! Just Spray Black with Eastwood's Radiator Black for a complete stock look. Just as good as a Champion Radiator, but better stock looks California Mustang is their Direct Supplier. I'm picking up two of these babies for my '65 and '66 Convertibles.. I'm tired of these Spectra Premium Radiators Top Tanks bursting after 2-3 years of use.. I must have gone through 7 or 8 of them easy...No lie.

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Champion Radiators are good...No denying that.... but these new "MAXCORE" Radiators by ACP are the BOMB! They mix new Aluminum and Tig welded technology with Classic Original Looks!! Just Spray Black with Eastwood's Radiator Black for a complete stock look. Just as good as a Champion Radiator, but better stock looks California Mustang is their Direct Supplier. I'm picking up two of these babies for my '65 and '66 Convertibles.. I'm tired of these Spectra Premium Radiators Top Tanks bursting after 2-3 years of use.. I must have gone through 7 or 8 of them easy...No lie.

ACP Aluminum Maxcore Radiators | 1964-1973 | Cal-Mustang.com

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Thanks for giving us this link. My 68 has the original copper fin brass tanks radiator it had when I bought it 39 years ago, had it rodded/rebuilt about 20 years
ago. Concerned someday will need to replace. This looks close to stock appearance.
Interesting for my 68 289 w/AC they have 3 row for $319.95, two row $339.95. Frankly I lean toward the 2 row with the larger tubes.

My Stang is just a driver but it is clean and near new/oem looking under hood. IMO the slab alum tanks would look strange in an otherwise stock engine bay.
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Here a shot of a Griffin radiator. And to clarify my earlier post, it does well in the summer unless I turn on the A/C. Then the temps climb from 180 to 210. However it will cool down if the A/C is set to a warmer temp so the compressor cycles.

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