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Fiat radiator work in my 2103?

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Dneprdude



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:37 am Post subject: Fiat radiator work in my 2103? Reply with quote

Does anyone know if the Fiat 124 Rads will fit a 2103? They look close and I believe slightly bigger. Don't mind doing a little retro fitting.
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Dneprdude



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:06 pm Post subject: Will 2106 replace 2103 radiator? Reply with quote

Can I use the aluminum 2106 radiator in my early 2103? Would it fit w/o modifying air duct?
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porschev812



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:38 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Fiat 124 radiator looks identical to Lada radiator to me,but don't have sample of each to compare for sure...I have found other Lada and Fiat cooling system parts to be identical to each other.Later model,~1995 up,Lada aluminum core radiator appears to have same mounting points as brass radiator,but looks like Lower hose outlet is straight back Vs angled fitting on the brass.
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Dneprdude



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:35 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Porschev. I think I may bite the bullet and get a Lada radiator since there's not much difference in shipping here vs there believe it or not. Measured and measured and think the newer aluminum will fit without cutting the early style duct work. Saving $100 or so if I go that route. Question is if I should buy the more expensive original style? Seems I would get better cooling with aluminum I would imagine vs the 2 core copper. Copper is about $200 shipped vs $80 shipped along with other stuff. Any thoughts would be awesome. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:40 am Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go for the original style radiator-just for sake of original appearance and "old skool-ness"IIRC,original copper has copper tubes,but steel finning.If you will be driving the Lada in hot weather quite a bit,a manual fan switch could be added-did that with my SAAB 99.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:41 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help. I do like things original even though I may lower this car a little. Btw, mine has the fan on the pulley, but either way I think I'll go with the electric fan route. I need to track my progress in a thread. Been taking things off the car to do some body work.
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