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Old 12-11-2020, 03:42 PM   #1
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Just got an E-Mail from Walker and as of the 11th they are ceasing operations for good.
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Old 12-11-2020, 04:10 PM   #2
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Just got an E-Mail from Walker and as of the 11th they are ceasing operations for good.
Wow. Did they say why?
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Old 12-11-2020, 04:33 PM   #3
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Just got an E-Mail from Walker and as of the 11th they are ceasing operations for good.
December 11th? There is nothing on Google that I can find about it. Seems a little abrupt.
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Old 12-11-2020, 06:30 PM   #4
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Since I've been a distributor for over 25 years my notification was direct from Walker. It may not be effective the 11th but that's what the e-mail said
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Old 12-11-2020, 06:34 PM   #5
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It’s never good when one of our suppliers closes down. The choices become less and the prices may well escalate!
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Old 12-11-2020, 06:44 PM   #6
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I would think with the price of copper and brass, the super cheap Chinese aluminum radiators, along with so many these days having plastic tanks. Now let's add the cost of labor, medical benefits, pollution laws etc, etc in the USA and it's no wonder. Don't get me wrong, decent pay is important and an individual medical insurance payment can be near a grand per month. We just can't compete with countries that don't do all that for their people.
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Old 12-11-2020, 08:21 PM   #7
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That’s not good for thr hobby
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Old 12-11-2020, 08:25 PM   #8
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If I wanted a Walker Radiator I try ordering one from Speedway, they carry a large inventory.
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Old 12-12-2020, 07:26 AM   #9
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If an aluminum radiator is acceptable look into WIZARD RADIATOR in West Falls, N.Y.
....about 5 miles from me out in the sticks.....Most guys including me run these rads and are very happy. They have cad drawings and a skilled staff. My '32 rad came off a cad drawing and fit quite nicely. 716 655 6761..........wizardcooling.com
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Old 12-12-2020, 08:45 AM   #10
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December 11th? There is nothing on Google that I can find about it. Seems a little abrupt.
Here’s the letter I seen .
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Old 12-12-2020, 10:42 AM   #11
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Thanks Ken.
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:26 PM   #12
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Gosh! 2020 has been a terrible year in so many ways.
Seems like the "Good Old USA" is slipping away.
But, we shall stand tall even when our back's against the wall.
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Old 12-12-2020, 03:44 PM   #13
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Sure glad I got a new Walker last spring for my '41. I do think it is odd they didn't sell the company or make other arrangements to keep it.
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Gosh! 2020 has been a terrible year in so many ways.
Seems like the "Good Old USA" is slipping away.
But, we shall stand tall even when our back's against the wall.
As a country we have been known to do just that. And 'operation light speed' is bearing witness to this as I write.
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Old 12-12-2020, 05:10 PM   #15
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We used walker radiator's in all our jobs, street rod, customs and more. It will be sad to see them go. (papa nick)
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Old 12-12-2020, 05:15 PM   #16
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Heard rumors last night on Instagram and Facebook. This is similar to the time Clark Foam abruptly stopped making surfboard blanks. Affected everyone. I was about to order a Walker radiator for my coupe, so I scrambled around the internet and eventually found one at Speedway. Summit has a few, too. They're on sale at close-out prices -- if they have the model you need.
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Old 12-12-2020, 05:18 PM   #17
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Sure glad I got a new Walker last spring for my '41. I do think it is odd they didn't sell the company or make other arrangements to keep it.

Same thing happened when Chassis Engineering abruptly closed their doors. Eventually Heidt's came in and took over. Hopefully a quality vendor will do the same with Walker. There's just too much history and goodwill to walk away from.
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Old 12-12-2020, 05:37 PM   #18
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Yes, we are losing an important supplier to our hobby. Hate to see them go. It's been a great run. So lets sit back and be cool. No reason to get overheated. Our needs are shrouded with solutions. Don't boil over. I raise a glass to your health. Happy Holidays.
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Yes, we are losing an important supplier to our hobby. Hate to see them go. It's been a great run. So lets sit back and be cool. No reason to get overheated. Our needs are shrouded with solutions. Don't boil over. I raise a glass to your health. Happy Holidays.
Well put, and I raise my glass in return. Us truck lovers gotta love a guy that goes by the name of 1 ton......
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I called Speedway this morning and bought their last 32 Ford sbc and two 32 flathead radiators. Thanks for the tip, Gary.
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