This has been a hell of a journey. I was attempting to get a cold case radiator. I got in touch with the manufacturer and was trying to see when they expected to ship out. During the conversation I asked about the DEXCOOL coolant. I was told by their tech that I had to use the green coolant in their radiator, because the DEXCOOL would eat up their all aluminum radiator.?? I asked how can that be since the coolant was formulated for an all aluminum block, and water pump. He stuck to his statement. I asked if using the DEXCOOL would void my warranty and was told that he could not guarantee that it would not. I thanked him for his time and for saving me so much money.
I then tried 1800 radiators, I bought one that was supposed to fit. Got it delivered and the locator pins on the bottom were offset by 3/4 of an inch to the passenger side of my car. Rather than follow the advice of coworkers and drill holes in my car to make it fit I sent it back and waited to make sure I would get my refund. To their credit 1800radiators did refund my money with not problems, and they were very professional through the whole process.
My final choice was AutoZone. I was unable to purchase the radiator off their website, for some reason my bank kept flagging their charge to my card as fraudulent. Discovered it was some quirk in their website. I decided to go to the store and order directly from them. That worked fine and they shipped to the store. The first radiator was delivered, I went to check it out and it was in a huge box with no packing material, and the fins were bent badly on both sides. I asked them to order another which they did and two days later I had another radiator. This one was in a proper size box, with packing material and was in good shape.
By now I was 2 months into this and getting worried that I would have even more trouble with this one. When I got it home I went immediately to the garage and tried a mock fit. The unit slid in like it was meant to be there. I had very little issue with the install as almost everything went without a hitch.
I now have a new radiator with a lifetime warranty that fits my car like I would imagine an AC Delco part would.