I think the radiator guys are nervous about open flames in the engine
compartment. But possibly they have a sound metallurgical reason to do
the job on an empty radiator. Pulling the rad is a relatively quick and
simple job -- why not humor them? Just MHO...
Eric had this to say:
>After doing that stupid thing I did with the worng radiator cap, I now
>have a slight fracture around the base of the top pipe (where the top
>hose fits) of my radiator. If I can drop the water level a bit (yeah,
>easy... just drive around the block a few times - but seriously it only
>loses a little water out the fracture),
>Is there any reason why I can solder up the fracture with the radiator
>IN the car? If I can drop the water level a bit to stop too much of
>the heatsik effect, it should be able to be soldered in situ, eh?
>The fracture ain't too great - it only loses a little water after heavy
>driving... but it DOES lose water and I have a SIX HOUR relay race this
>weekend that will require me to do more than just 4 lap sprints.
>I ask because a couple of places have asked that I remove the radiator
>and get it to them for repair.
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.