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Elan radiators again

PostPost by: coolexperts » Wed May 09, 2012 12:09 am

Hello there, this is my 1st post so please be gentle with me! I have been reading the members posts regarding radiators, cooling and in particular the comments on the aluminium radiator for sale on Ebay. I note the amount of people who say that they consider that piece of kit to look exceptional but too expensive. I feel that it is time for me to come out and own up to being the manufacturer of that aluminium radiator. In the days just before aluminium radiators were aloud to be fitted on non 26R competition Elans there seemed to be a period where the scrutineers would overlook an alloy radiator if it was the correct shape, painted black and in keeping. My company was commissioned to build 2 units for Elan owners and decided to continue building the radiator and selling it on Ebay. the radiator has a UK made R.R. quality core, the water tanks are folded from 2mm aluminium sheet and the filler neck is turned from a solid billet of aluminium. Add the cost of a weld on 22mm threaded boss, electric fan switch, etch prime and paint, VAT, Ebay and PayPal charges and you can be assured that there will be no Caribbean holidays on the profits. The radiator has been sold to every continent and a variation of the radiator cooled the car that won the HSCC outright last season. Reading the comment and threads from some of the members who say they are more interested in cooling and cost than originality and appearance has encouraged me to find a low cost alternative that will bolt straight on and line up with the Elan brackets and hoses. I will get to work on this one and let it be known when it is available. My company is a bonafide radiator repairer and manufacturer with 40 years of experience and can recore copper radiators with uprated cores and anything else you would wish to be supplied with in the cooling system sphere. You can find some interesting Elan articles on our website www.coolexperts.co.uk Some answers to some questions on this site. Stanpart stamped on the Triumph radiators came from the Standard motor company purchased by Triumph in the late 1950's The standard 8 car that resembled "Noddies motor" was the forerunner of the Herald. The Covrad stamped in the radiators was the Coventry radiator co and the Spitfire radiators used on the Elans had Herald water tanks on them rather than the wafer thin low sloping top tank of the Spitfire.

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PostPost by: coolexperts » Wed May 09, 2012 12:57 am

Click here to go straight to the Élan articles.

http://www.coolexperts.co.uk/motor-vehicle/racing/racing-lotus-elan/

http://www.coolexperts.co.uk/motor-vehicle/vintage-veteran-classic/custom-made-elan-radiator/
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PostPost by: Bob » Wed May 09, 2012 9:29 am

Hi,

I have to say I look longingly at your radiators and fan assy's but in the end I could not afford one. I looked at all sorts of solutions to my Elans heating problems over heating in traffic etc. Most Elan owners heart stops when they see a traffic jam they cannot get out of . I remember the Brussels ring road one hot Friday afternoon with the gauge going up to 212 and I am thinking well its under pressure so it not quite boiling yet!!!

However the solution was very cheap in the end, a seal in the top of the radiator cap sorted all the problems. Now I dont care about the Brussels ring road I dont boil anymore. But I still like your radiators.

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Wed May 09, 2012 10:09 am

Hi Steve

I think your comment about people being more interested in "Cooling and cost" is pretty much spot on for a lot of us who aren't using the cars for competition. I'd love to hear about your "everyday" solution. Like the Website too.

I also suggest you place an entry on the business & vendor listings section.

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PostPost by: coolexperts » Wed May 09, 2012 10:57 am

Thanks for the advice Richard, I will follow it and also keep you informed.

Hi Bob, a good cap solves many a problem!! what radiator are you running.

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PostPost by: coolexperts » Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:37 pm

Hello Richard,

Thought you might like to read of our progress with the Elan radiator.

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elan-plus-f13/alternative-radiators-again-t24745-30.html
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:09 pm

I bought a new wide (non original) Triumph Spitfire radiator from a local specialist, paid about £20 to get the top hose connector rotated around and fitted a modern clip on electric fan. Total cost was under £250 and my car runs a lot cooler now, even coping with heavy traffic.

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PostPost by: coolexperts » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:59 am

that is a good choice!!!
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:28 am

Here's a couple of the Marsden Radiators.

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PostPost by: coolexperts » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:07 am

Hello Garry
you have the Churchill tank version of the Elan radiator, bombproof and strong but a bit on the heavy side. I have built one of these from scratch but they are a bit expensive in today's cost of copper and brass. The core you have fitted is called a GOT gill on tube made by the Marston radiator company who are still around in west Yorkshire but now owned by the Japanese. I now fit a high efficiency GOT core with a louvre punched fin to the radiator that is very efficient. This fin also has the look of originality. There is a slightly different core available called the packed construction that has proved to be more efficient when fitted but has a slightly different appearance.

http://www.coolexperts.co.uk/motor-vehicle/recores/

http://www.coolexperts.co.uk/motor-vehi ... ube-cores/

http://www.coolexperts.co.uk/motor-vehi ... struction/

http://www.coolexperts.co.uk/motor-vehi ... -radiator/
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:17 pm

Mr Cool expert,
You should PM me as I have just bought one of your radiators (painted and supplied with fan). I have some things to discuss.

Mark

ps this is the second one I have bought. The other when you were/are Nottingham radiators I think.
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PostPost by: coolexperts » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:41 am

Hello Mark,

You are correct we used to be Nottingham Radiators and Coolex Derby, now we are in one building as Coolex Heat Transfer.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:22 pm

An excellent product, thats why I have bought two; for my Sprint and S4. No more overheating :)

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