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uh oh...can this be fixed?

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    uh oh...can this be fixed?

    So I was taking off some of my hoses to measure them so I can replace them with stainless steel ones and one of the connections broke off. It's at where you fill up the anti-freeze. My question is do I have to replace the whole radiator or what? I am inclined to say it needs to be replaced.

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    you could try j.b. welding back on there...unless you have the money for a new radiator, might as well just get one

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    Is the radiator that hard to replace? I have never done that before. Also what is a good brand radiator to get?

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    I did it in an hour and a half in the dark with half the tools I really needed. It's not that bad if you are at all mechanically inclined, which I am only from working on my car.

    Auto or stick? Different radiators, auto is a bit more involved since it ties into the trans cooler, just a couple more hoses to remove.

    Also, for some reason radiators for manual cost more than the autos. Never have asked why that is.

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    I am an auto. Alright cool, should I bother with a stock replacement? I can't see the reasoning in replacing it with the same thing. But aftermarket radiators are so expensive. Is there a stock radiator on a different car that will work but is better?

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    I recall hearing that LT1 radiators are better, but don't hold me on that. I think because they don't have the crappy plastic on the side. Would have been on this site. Try using search to bring up some old threads on it. I don't really see the advantage in paying big bucks for a radiator unless you plan on doing big things with the car very soon.

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    I looked at pics of lt1 rads. Obviously I'm wrong about the plastic. I'm guessing they have more capacity then, thus run cooler.

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    Alright cool, I may buy one of the lt1 radiators.

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    I'm guessing you needed a new radiator after 14 years. good luck with the install. It's not too hard.

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    LT1 radiators have a thicker core for better cooling. There is an extra port on the bottom you'll have to block off that the LS1 does not use. You can get a rubber nipple and a hose clamp for that.

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