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Things I learned today:

  • Lotus still fit (or did in 2012) a radiator with a plastic end tank to new Elises
  • Plastic end tanks get brittle and break
  • You can't buy a replacement in NZ
  • An all alloy replacement from Elise Parts costs $588 + shipping

Question: should I worry about reusing the original fan mounting kit (made of mild steel, and thus prone to rusting in salty air), and pay an extra $40 for 316 marine grade stainless steel brackets, nuts, bolts, etc? 

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HI have you tried these guys to see if they can make you a replacement   https://rdradiators.co.nz/radiators-henderson/    

Hi Mark, No, I didn't try them. That looks promising - though I was amazed how quickly the radiator arrived from UK. There was a peace of mind aspect of knowing it would fit exactly, first time. 

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Hi Mark,

No, I didn't try them. That looks promising - though I was amazed how quickly the radiator arrived from UK. There was a peace of mind aspect of knowing it would fit exactly, first time. 

Good suggestion, though. Thanks!

UPDATE: I didn't need the stainless mounting bracket. The radiator is higher spec, keeps the engine cooler, and looks great when you peer through the front mesh! I'm pleased with it. 

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