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Warning: Ranting in Progress

Some times I wonder if people take pride in their work anymore.
I took my old radiator in yesterday to have it rodded, and have the leaks fixed.So I go and pick it up today, the guy said that he had rodded it and pressure tested it. So I drop $90 dollars(expensive but still cheaper than a new one) and take it home and install it. Now I have cuts all ove my hands and arms from fighting with the damn flex fan. I go to add the 50/50 mix, and guess what it starts leaking out of the bottom tank by the hose:angryfi: . Now I get to go tell the dumb @#$% to pull his head out of his @#& and fix my friggin radiator AGAIN!:realmad: :biggrn2:

Ahh, venting feels good.
 

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I had a similar Summit experience...:rolleyes:
I ordered new valve covers and an air filter, all after asking if they would fit my 351 C. They assured me it would fit just fine. 4-6 weeks later the stuff gets here, take it outside...small block ford stuff.:eek: I figured it was a simple mistake, called them up, explained the problem and had to spend 10 bucks to send the crap back to Reno. New stuff comes, it's the same friggin stuff as before, only this time it's a small block chevy. Call again and the guy goes on about how it's my fault for sending back the right parts.:angryfi: Lets just say I lost it...I told him that I wanted all my money back and that I will never do business with Summit again...so take that!:p: Sheesh!
Ahhh....much better now:D
 

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it is not like it was, some peeps still take pride in thier job though.
and it shouldnt just be pride in your job and or in the company you work for, but a personal pride in a job well done! they should be doing a great job for themselves. but some people just suck. no disciplin sacks of sh^(.
i believe everyone would benifit be take a tour in the military.
 

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Finding the good ones takes a while

It takes a while but eventually you find the ones who take pride in their work and get it right the first time - generally through recommendations. I give all my engineering work to one person, my suspension to another, electrics to another, engines to another and paint and panel to another.

None of them are the cheapest (with the exception of paint and panel who just want to make a living and work on classics, street machines and harleys) but they are extremely good at what they do.

I have had some average work and a few things I needed to take back before I found these guys. Same with parts - rarely had a problem because I've always purchased Cougar only parts from specialists (John's Classic Cougars, Cascade Classics, WCCC and sadly Stang-it) - I get generics from Autokrafters, MU, and local Mustang parts place where I can check before I buy
 

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Ahh, the lessons of life, we all still learn them everyday. The one I learned long ago is most good radiator shops wont mess with rodding out a 30 year old leaking radiator. They just wont hold up and the $90 spent is not as good as a investment as a $200 new one sometime. Thats why they sell you a new core or better yet a new one.
 

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The radiator wasn't 30 years old though, the guy who owned the car before me repalced a few(10?) years back.
I wouldn't have been quite as mad about the radiator, if my week hadn't already been in a downward spiral of spending my engine money.
Bad things this week:
1. have to get different leaf springs $$$$$ money I don't want to spend
2. car is running like crap(can't wait to get new Cleveland)
3. Little tab on shifter that locks tranny into gear breaks
4. Radiator problem
5. having to deal with razor sharp flex fan more than once.

I know that none of these compare to some peoples problems, over 30 homes were burnt down by a forest fire(s) this week, and more are sure to follow.
 

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Yeah sometimes things are a pain. It'll get better. A 10 year old radiator shouldnt be too bad and if he said he could fix it make sure he dose. He might be ok, you know he probably didnt pressure test it and was just taking a shortcut. He should give it his full attention this time. mm
 

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i paid 50 to have my radiator rodded and a few holes brazed. the guy did a good job, well, until the radiator basically blew on me a year or so later ( in a different spot ). the guy is nice and has alot of old cars. umm i mean like 50s plymouths and Fords and a 48 Caddy too. cool guy. and HEY!!! hes Canadian too... right down to the accent lol
 

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Right down to the accent, EH!!!lol. I take pride in all my jobs, work and helping out guys here. If your ever in BC and need springs done, give me a holler:D

Rick
 

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I test my radiators with a old bike inner-tube. I cut it so that is a rubber tube open on each end, then clamp the ends to the inlet and outlet of the radiator fill it up with water put the cap on the pressure up the inner-tube via the valve stem to like 10 or so psi.
then look for leaks after an hour or so.
 

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whoooaaaahh, i like, never thought of that... killer man....
 

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Problem solved! I took it back in this morning. He dropped what he was doing, fixed the leak, pressure tested it, apologized acouple of times, and I was gone in 10 min.
 

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I know I get agrevated with things like that, but at least he got right on it and got it right. Now go skin them knuckles up some more. mm
 

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I'm sorry to hear your story. Stuff like that pisses me off... I took my radiator in to my local shop and the guy did an awesome job and gave me a discount just because he dug classic cats. Unfortunately not all of my experiences have been this good.:angryfi:
 
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