This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask our experts about finding the correct radiator for his Land Rover Series I.
I’m rebuilding my 1957 Series I 88-inch, with the aim of bringing it to the right specification. The radiator was wrong when I bought it, so I have a Series I item to replace it. On photos I’ve looked at, some Series Is have radiators with horizontal fins and others are in a zig-zag shape. When I have the radiator re-cored, which one would be right for my Land Rover?
J Eltham, London
The horizontal-fi n version is called fi n-and-tube; zig-zag is called fi lm-core. Either will work e ciently on a Series I, but fi lm-core is stronger. Film-core is the older type – all 80-inch Land Rovers would have had these originally. But by 1957 fin-and-tube would have been available, so in your case I think either could arguably be right. But if you want to be sure, get fi lm-core. In London, try Aaron Radiator (aaronradiator.co.uk).
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