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Originally posted by Monkeygod333
Very well thought out thread, I like your thinking.
BTW, make your own brackets and just fit any old radiator. They do the same job, no matter what the shape.
Which is another conspiracy on its own: Why are all parts not universal. Seriously, if a certain design was established, the overall design of the vehicle would remain unchanged if they had to stick to the universal one.
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Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by Ixtab
No, getting a new one is impossible. Spectra was making them, but stopped a few months ago. I can find them online, but after ordering I get an apologetic email back saying they don't have any in stock and have no ETA on when new ones will be available. After about ten such emails from different places, I started calling instead.
One place has them listed as out of stock - coming soon. When I call, they say they will get some from "Asia", but have no date. We have been waiting for a month now and still the same old story.
Feel free to prove me wrong: 1980 Chevrolet LUV mini-pickup truck, base body style, 1.8L 4-cylinder engine.
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