Marston radiator

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#1 Marston radiator

Post by Robbiee » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:52 pm

Hi all
Popped down to Radtech aluminium radiators today and had a great chat with Darren the MD who has a works S1 3.8 coupe
I’m deciding on where to find a new Marston rad for my ‘62 OTS. He showed me their version which is a beautifully crafted accurate reproduction. He has the original rad from a very early chassis number and showed me them next to each other...the fins either side are perfect
He also does the Marston plate on top
Worth a look
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#2 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Philk » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:00 am

Hi - you should also consider Fosseway. I have one of their replica Marston Radiators fitted to my car (together with their uprated fan, cooling shroud and solid state otter switch). Extremely impressed.
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#3 Re: Marston radiator

Post by peters3103 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:42 am

I bought two Radtec Marston repro radiators complete with tags (correctly screwed on) from Darren last year. One for my 61 and the other for a friends 62. Excellent service and quick, no-nonsense replacement of one damaged in transit.
Excellent radiator, sufficiently accurate and I’ve complimented it with a Coolcat fan. Job done!
No connection to Radtec just a satisfied customer.

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#4 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Robbiee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:40 am

Hi Phil
I looked at the Fosseway too..great quality but the fins are not quite the same
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#5 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Robbiee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:25 am

Also the drain tap hole is welded on the Fosseway but machined from solid aluminium on the Radtechas on the original
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#6 Re: Marston radiator

Post by cactusman » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:23 am

I have a Rad tec.....lovely :bigrin:
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#7 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Robbiee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:21 pm

That’s good to hear
Not quite sure why the Fosseway has those extra little tabs on the fins??
Anyone any ideas??
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#8 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Heuer » Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:24 pm

This is an original Marston side tank if it helps:
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#9 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Robbiee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:28 pm

Yes David
The Fosseway seems to do the double edges front and back of fins better but the Radtech doesn’t have the extra little tabs on the sides that don’t seem to match the original
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#10 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Tom W » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:30 pm

The original Marston end tank looks like it’s pressed from flat sheets, then folded and joined together to form the fluted section. Both reproductions look machined from solid. Close, but not quite there for me.
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#11 Re: Marston radiator

Post by Robbiee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:32 pm

Yes, prob explained why they all got replaced with later rads
Yes machined from solid
Probably will last longer
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#12 Re: Marston radiator

Post by cactusman » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:55 pm

I guess nothing will look exactly like a Marston....except a Marston....Both copies will probably perform better than the original . Certainly the one I have works brilliantly....no hint of overheating even in very hot weather. Ahem.....One seems to be £200+ vat less than the other.....might sway some folk....
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#13 Re: Marston radiator

Post by SEJohnson95 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:39 pm

Richard has one of the "replica" Fosseway radiators installed in his 3.8 FHC. Looks fabulous. It has been on the road for going on 3 years now and runs on Evans water-less coolant. No issues reported so far

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