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Radiator Collection Service

Classic car radiator collection crate

Car radiator collection service

We have a new collection service for classic car radiators of any shape or size. This service is for customers who want their original radiator reconditioned but are unable to post it due to not having the time, ability or enough packaging material to pack it up safely and securely. A wooden crate is sent with packaging materials and instructions, put the old radiator in the enclosed plastic bag then pop it in the crate and fasten clips with cable ties ready for collection – simple!

This collection service costs £30.00 + vat
Please note : To use this service the price to recore your radiator must be over £250 + vat

That simple process in more detail :

  • Order collection and pay for re-core.
  • Receive wooden crate with packaging materials and instructions enclosed.
  • Put the old unit into the enclosed plastic bag and clip it in the crate (which is locked with cable ties.)
  • Customer calls to arrange collection date – please ensure someone is in all day on the arranged date as there is an £18 failed collection charge.
  • Radiator is recored and returned to you looking and functioning like new, or better!
  • A reconditioned and upgraded radiator can greatly increase the cooling efficiency of a classic car whilst still retaining the originality that is so sought after with classics.
    The collection service helps with the problems of packing a big, heavy, wet and oily radiator and ensures it is packed safely enough for it to get to its destination intact.

      Collection Service – Terms & Conditions
  • Collection charge is £30.00 + vat
  • There is currently a £250 + vat minimum charge for recore to be eligible for the collection service.
  • Aaron Radiator will not be responsible for any loss or damage in transit.
  • The shipping crate remains the property of Aaron Radiator and collection must be arranged within 2 weeks of receiving crate.
  • The goods are only insured to the maximum value of the recore.
  • Customer must ensure that someone will be in all day at the address specified for collection. A failed collection charge will be charged at £18.00 if nobody is in when the carrier tries to collect.
  • The £30.00 charge is for mainland UK only, for Highlands and Island a surcharge may be payable.
  • International collection is also available – please call for price.
  • We’re in the Croydon Advertiser 04/05/12!!

    Nothing like a mention in your local paper to make you feel special!!

    Here’s a copy of the article and a link to it :


    Croydon Advertiser Article 04/05/12

    Croydon Advertiser Article 04/05/12

    Aaron Radiators celebrates 50 years in Croydon


    Firm drives into a confident future

    Aaron Radiators marks fifty years as a family company

    WHEN William Stringer founded his car radiator firm in 1952 (edit – make that 1962) he dubbed it Aaron Radiators to ensure it a top spot in the phonebook, helping draw in the customers.

    Now with the company, based in Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood, celebrating its 50th anniversary as a family firm, the Stringers are ensuring the company maintains its ranking in the industry.

    SUCCESS: Gerald Stringer (centre) and staff and two classic Rolls Royce radiators they are working on

    William Stringer himself died four years ago but the company’s eight staff still includes his wife, Jane, who is managing director and her son and daughter, Gerald and Laura.

    While the family ethos of the company has not changed, it has had to adapt to changing times which have seen the small radiator manufacturing companies challenged by an influx of large motor parts concerns.

    Gerald Stringer, the company’s sales director, said: “There is so much competition these days.”

    Aaron’s has also had to face the fact that the quality of radiators has had to improve.

    When the business started, the life-span of a radiator was around two to three years. Now they can last ten to 15 years, although the effects of that economic challenge are offset by the fact there are a lot more cars on the road.

    The edge in the industry has not stopped Aaron’s from still being involved in the manufacture of radiators, for both cars and heavy plant machinery.

    But for Mr Stringer one of the most radical decisions the company has made to cement its future is to move into what he describes as “the bespoke side of the industry.”

    More effort is now being put into reconditioning radiators for classic cars. Combining this with making an increasing impression on manufacturing radiators for kit cars, Mr Stringer is driving towards a confident future.


    http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Aaron-Radiators-celebrates-50-years-Croydon/story-16021458-detail/story.html

    Upgrading Classic Car Radiators (particulaly Jaguar)

    This is based on an article that was published in Jaguar World magazine 6 or 7 years ago, I wrote the article aimed towards Jaguars of the 60’s and 70’s but the information is relevant to all makes of car of that era.

    Since the 60’s many models of Jaguar have had problems overheating, specifically certain E and S-types. The main problem was the efficiency of the radiator and fan system, which can usually be remedied by replacing the radiator core with an upgraded one with more tubes and a higher fin pitch (and usually a completely different system of manufacture.)

    Aaron Radiator replaced and upgraded the radiators on these models (sometimes when they were still new!) and still offer this upgrade service today with even higher efficiency modern cores than previously available or the ultimate in cooling- complete replacements in Aluminium.

    Up until the 70’s most Jaguar radiators used a ‘Cellular Film’ core (Pic A). This has the advantage of being very robust and durable (many cars still have the original film cores, even though they may be 30 years or older!) but it is not a particularly efficient design. This led radiator design to favour ‘Packed Construction’ (Pic B) or ‘Tube & Fin’ (Pic C) cores which were lighter, more efficient and cheaper to make.

    Bad design in fans and cowlings (fan shields) meant that many vehicles still overheated. Sportier cars were pushing out higher power than ever before from engines packed into a much smaller space as vehicle aerodynamics came into play and bonnets got lower. Upgraded electric fans can help remedy this by forcing more air through the core and replacing the fixed fans can increase power lost through driving the fan.

    A – ‘Cellular Film’ core

    B – ‘Packed Construction’ core

    C – ‘Tube & Fin’ core

    Types of core upgrade available

    Two types of upgraded core are available. An ‘X-type Packed Construction’ core (Pic D) has more tubes and a higher fin pitch to increase the surface area the cool air flows over. The X-type is the most efficient core available in copper and brass and is available in many different numbers of row (thickness.) An upgraded ‘Tube & Fin’ (Pic E) is also available which, though not quite as efficient as the X-type, is more durable and resistant to vibration.

    If your car is having problems with overheating, the core might be corroded and a build up of deposits inside it can restrict water flow. Older types of anti-freeze were not as good at resisting corrosion and sometimes radiators have had an under spec core fitted in the past. The difference in cost between fitting a replacement core that has the same cooling capacity as the original and upgrading one is not considerable as the only extra cost is the higher price of the core.

    A – ‘Cellular Film’ core

    B – ‘Packed Construction’ core

    C – ‘Tube & Fin’ core