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AUGUST 2017 THE SHOP 27 rebuilt for $250 or so. This proved to be a bit optimistic, but it prompted us to learn more about rebuilding or restoring original radiators. ALMOST PERFECT MATCH Our research first brought us to Glen-ray Radiators Inc., in Wausau, Wisconsin, where vintage radiator restorations are a specialty. Ray Schirmer began a long career in radiator repair in Chicago in 1955 under the tutelage of Ervin Schirmer at Three Arrow Radiator. In 1964, Schirmer opened a radiator repair shop in Wausau where he repaired, re-cored or restored radiators for practically every make and model of car. His son Bob continues to operate the shop today. Bob Schirmer has a passion for Dodges and specializes in the complete restora- tion of Mopar radiators, although he can and will repair any radiator, including the TR7's. During years of attending classic car shows, Bob saw many show cars with radia- tors that were in bad condition. He realized there was a niche in restoring classic car radiators to a far higher level of quality. He particularly noted the high prices collectors were paying for Mopar radiators, even if they needed lots of work. There seemed to be a strong demand for radiators that looked brand new and that had proper stampings and date codes. Schirmer had to get licensed to repro- duce radiators and says it was "an arduous, bumpy and expensive process." Glen-ray had to tool up to make the products at its own cost and only after they were being made could a license be obtained. Eventu- ally, however, it was all worth it, he says. For Mopars that don't have a numbers- matching OEM radiator, Glen-ray offers officially licensed 26-inch Chrysler repro- duction radiators for big- and small-block applications. Two core variations are avail- able and Glen-ray can build a radiator to owner specifications, depending upon a car's cooling requirements. From time to time, Glen-ray also comes up with original Chrysler radiators that are available to be restored. The company can also restore, rebuild or re-core radiators for a wide variety of classic cars and trucks regardless of make, model or year. Most sales are conducted by mail order.

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