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Old 10-08-2020, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default Antique Auto Radiator Repair and Restoration

Looking for a firm that repairs and restores Antique Auto Radiators
in the Chicago Metro / Northwest Indiana region.
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Old 10-08-2020, 05:56 PM   #2
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I got mine repaired at Gravois Radiator in STL.

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If you were on the East coast, Starfish Radiator in Orleans MA does a lot of vintage radiator restorations from as far away as VA. Good luck.
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I must be getting old. I remember when there were half a dozen radiator shops in every city.
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Alan - understood, however, I remember when Panky's in Hayward was a go to shop.
About 8 years ago, they replaced the core from my 49 with a forklift truck core. Despite telling them it was for a 49 Ford flathead. Then they argued with me when I told them it was incorrect.
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I must be getting old. I remember when there were half a dozen radiator shops in every city.
And my maternal grandfather owned one of them.

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Try Mr.Radiator
8433 w 191st st
mokena il
60448
www.MrRadiator.com
815 464 9470

He is good and has done work for quite a few local people
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Alan - understood, however, I remember when Panky's in Hayward was a go to shop.
About 8 years ago, they replaced the core from my 49 with a forklift truck core. Despite telling them it was for a 49 Ford flathead. Then they argued with me when I told them it was incorrect.

Pankeys was, yes, before Jack sold it... about 30 years ago? Jack was a good man, and I drooled over his 53 Beauty!
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Looking for a firm that repairs and restores Antique Auto Radiators
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Rick & Pats radiator service Aurora Il 630-851-3302-Did my Model A Ford.
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Try Mr.Radiator
8433 w 191st st
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815 464 9470

He is good and has done work for quite a few local people

Thanks, that is right down the road. The name instills confidence too.
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Rick & Pats radiator service Aurora Il 630-851-3302-Did my Model A Ford.

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He did work on my 40 Ford and 63 Buick Electra. He did a lot of work for the Model A and Packard guys
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I have taken many, many radiators and gas tanks to Pankeys in Hayward in the last twenty years.
Always very happy with their service, never had a complaint.
There was a shop I took stuff to in another town that always charged an extra $15 for working on stuff from old cars. They called it classic car work. Never go there anymore.
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Thanks guys.
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I have taken many, many radiators and gas tanks to Pankeys in Hayward in the last twenty years.
Always very happy with their service, never had a complaint....

All I can say is that Jack Pankey (RIP) was saddened in the knowledge that his name was still associated with the shop after he sold it. I'm pleased to hear of your good experience, as my first transaction under the new management was my last.
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On the subject of radiator repair, does anyone do honeycomb radiators in the midwest?
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Alan, TonyM, wga;

Just FYI, Went to Panky’s yesterday...they no longer do automotive radiators, and
San Leandro Radiator has closed.
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