Category Archives: Race Car

New Transmission Cooler Range For Classic or Kit Cars

Transmission coolers

Transmission coolers

Uses : Most radiators on cars with an automatic transmission have an oil cooler in one of the end tanks for cooling the transmission fluid. If this fails it can be catastrophic for the gearbox as the engine coolant can mix with the transmission fluid.

Some classic and kitcar radiators cannot be re-cored due to the fact that replacement coolers are not often available and while a new OE replacement radiator may be available for modern cars, it might not be available for older vehicles.

These coolers also enable a manual radiator to be used in place of an automatic radiator (particularly useful for kitcars) or if the transmission fluid overheats when towing as an auxiliary cooler can help keep the transmission fluid cool.

Mounting : They can either be fixed to the radiator using mounting ties through the radiator or bolted near the front of the car (which we prefer.) The oil fittings are 10mm push-on fittings.

Core dimensions and retail prices:
8 row (282mm x 108mm x 30mm) – £82.80 inc VAT
10 row (282mm x 148mm x 30mm) – £122.40 inc VAT
13 row (282mm x 191mm x 30mm) – £148.80 inc VAT

Available ex-stock for next day delivery.

Massive upgrade copper radiator for ex work MGB - DRX 255C

FIA restrictions on upgraded alloy radiators replacing correct copper & brass radiators.

A conversation I had with several drivers at last years (2014) Goodwood revival was that the FIA have started to give time penalties against cars having upgraded alloy radiators instead of the period correct copper and brass radiators.

One such driver is Barry Sidery-Smith, owner of the ex-works MGB DRX 255C who has received a number of time penalties for running an alloy radiator even though a standard copper andbrass radiator simply will not keep his car cool.

To solve his cooling problem we built Barry a massive copper and brass radiator with the thickest core we have ever put in an MGB, a 5-row at 86mm thick. To put this into context, the original copper core is 56mm thick (an inefficient gill-on-tube type core) and we regularly upgrade MGB radiators by increasing the core thickness with a very efficient 64mm 4-row (pack construction) which is usually enough.

We can upgrade any copper & brass radiator making one that is just as efficient as an alloy upgrade (but just not as light) so give us a call if you have fallen foul of the FIA due to an incorrect radiator.

(See our page on Classic Radiator Upgrades here.)

New range of Ford Escort and Cortina alloy radiators.

These are a fantastic upgrade for the classic copper and brass although we can also supply upgraded copper radiators if you wish to retain your cars originality.

The main advantage is the weight saving over the traditional radiator, these alloy units weigh about a third of the copper and brass equivalent.

They are hand made in our London factory and the cores are made in Europe so the quality and efficiency is second to none.

Options available:

  • 30mm or 56mm core
  • optional sender unit hole (M22 x 1.5)
  • angled or straight fittings
  • Bare alloy or powder coated in black gloss or matt.

Please call for pricing.

Escort Alloy Radiator

Escort Alloy Radiator

Escort Alloy Radiator - hose fitting

Escort Alloy Radiator - filler cap

Escort Alloy Radiator - sides

University of Liverpool Motorsport

We just made a crazy shaped radiator for the Liverpool University racing team. Extremely tapered, but only on one side. Looks great too.

It’s for the Liverpool Formula Student team. Formula Student in an international competition in which top engineering students design, build and race a single seat racing car.

Thanks for the mention in your latest news University of Liverpool Motorsport – Latest News

Good Luck!!

University of Liverpool Motorsport Alloy Racecar Radiator

University of Liverpool Motorsport Alloy Racecar Radiator

Upgraded Reliant Scimitar radiator for race car

We recently manufactured a massively upgraded Aluminium radiator for ‘Rosie’ – Alan Hersey’s Reliant Scimitar 5a GTE that he races alongside ‘Bluebird.’

Reliant Scimitar Aluminium upgrade radiator

Reliant Scimitar Aluminium upgrade radiator

Despite having a minimum amount of time to prepare a new engine (and fit a new radiator) Alan came second in the HSCC ByBox Brands Hatch Indy 2012 on 23rd September 2012 despite pouring rain. Of course, the fact that the new aluminium radiator was so much lighter than the old heavy copper and brass one was the key to his success!!!…. Well done Alan. More photos please….

This modified radiator will fit all GTE’s and GTC’s from 1968-1979 including 2.5 GT, 3.0 GT and 3.0 GTE. Please call for pricing.

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.

50th Anniversary Photo 1962-2012

Aaron Radiator Co is 50 years old in May, so here is a group photo of the whole team. Bring on the next 50 years! Our founder, Bill Stringer, would have been proud of us and we all miss him.

manufacturing car radiators since 1962.

manufacturing car radiators since 1962.

Aaron Radiators 50th Anniversary (with names)

Aaron Radiators 50th Anniversary (with names)

Also appearing in the photo are a pair of 1920’s Rolls Royce 20/25 radiators, one before a recore, the other after.

A crisp new racing car radiator – Mini JEM Mk2

We recently built a nice aluminium radiator for a customer in France.
Here’s what the owner – Patrick Nicolas had to say about his race car :

“This JEM is a LWR-RS (Light Weight Racing) built for “race only” in 1969.

This car was well know in England when it was piloted by its first owner Peter Burnham from 1970 to 1992. Peter won many hilliclimbs and sprints in the 1300 class. You can read more about the car in the book “Mini – the racing story” by John Baggott.

When I found the car in 1998, it was in poor condition, close to a basket case. I restored it. After three years it was back on the track and I enjoy driving this old lady carefully.”

Here are some pictures of the finished radiator on the car and a great picture of the car on the track.

Good luck, Patrick, and thanks for the custom.
The JEM’s looking good! 100bhp and it weighs 500kg- fantastic.

Read more about this car on the Mini Marcos site and here on the Mini Marcos site.

—-added 19/10/11—————

More kind words back from owner Patrick Nicolas after his cars first race outing with its new radiator :

“Some news from your radiator. It worked very well !

I had never had before a cylinder head temperature as low. I think I win 10°C and maybe more.”