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Radiator core support too tall

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    Dunno if it will cause a hood problem or not,
    but the radiator brackets are above the radiator by a good 3/8"
    I measured and the support is taller than the original by that amount.
    It does not appear to be bent at the bottom.
    This support is even CAPA certified............

    Any ideas??
    I may end up reworking my original......kinda eaten up by battery acid on the passenger side........
     
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    Is it actually taller, or is the lower radiator area not quite stamped the same?
     
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    It appears to be made the same...just dimensionally different..........
     
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    Though it does not appear to be bent, the rigie dimensions appear to be consistent with my original support.
    The dimensions to the rearmost edge of the lower flange appear to be 3/8" to 1/2" "tall" so to speak.
    I will remove the core support and attempt to "adjust."
     
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    Nope. not gonna work.
    There are some things about how it was made that are not correct.
    One of the vertical braces does not fit where the top tab should be spot welded.
    It does not lay flat against the mating panel, so no spot weld.

    This had been a leftover from a shop that went kaput.
    Now I know why it was left behind.....
    So much for CAPA Certification.............
    I may be able to cut and patch my old one, but I think I'll just go shopping for a better new one.
     
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    Yep, CAPA certified simply means it might fit better and might be stamped from heavier gauge steel.
     
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    I was a purchasing agent of metal fabrications for 25years, and I have a pretty good eye for finding fabrication errors, but I have not spotted the problem as of yet.
    The A/C condenser fits like a hand in a glove, but the radiator mounting has a gap of 3/8" or so.
    There are no flex points to take up the slack...........
    And one vertical brace is not spot welded at the top because the tab does not lay flat against the top panel. Very odd.................
    It is made of a good heavy gauge steel, however!
     
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    Well, at least I have identified the problem.
    The A/C condenser fits, but good to the front, not so good in the back.
    The ledge on which it sits forms the backbone of the bottom tube, so to speak.
    This ledge should be flat and perpendicular to the vertical face of the support itself.
    the one I have is not square nor flat. The A/C condenser's mounting pad fit is off by over 3/8" by the
    time it is measured at the rear face of the fins.
    That gap continues down thru the radiator mounting ledge.
    If I drill all the spot welds across the bottom assembly, then flatten and re-weld, it probably will work. I would also have to rework the vertical braces.
    That's a bunch of work.
    If the seller will not take it back, I will either file a case with ebay or attempt to fix................
    Buying new isn't that bad, except for the freight.
    I may wait for another trip to see family in Atlanta.
     

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