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SAAB96L
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
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Posted - 29 Mar 2021 :  10:06:50 Show Profile Reply with Quote

Hello,

It is very likely that I will want to replace the current in situ steel coolant pipes on the car; one of the pipes looks poorly. I note that Malbrad do s/s pipes, being just under 400 all-in.

Are there any other alternatives, such as copper or have folk used other materials to do the job. 400 seems a lot of money and the price has increased dramatically since advertised in the SOC magazine in April 2020.

Any info greatly appreciated and I did have a check through the archive section on the subject.

Many thanks.

Richard.

Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2036 Posts

Posted - 29 Mar 2021 :  12:20:04 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I had mine zinc plated. The initial acid dip uncovered several small holes in the clamping area due to rust. I soldered them shut without any further problems. 400 is a total rip off.
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SAAB96L
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
114 Posts

Posted - 29 Mar 2021 :  12:44:06 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hello Derek,

Many thanks for your response, can you recall the company you used for the acid dipping etc ??

Have to agree, 400 is a rip off - looking at the pipes they do not appear that difficult to fabricate and a simple design. The Malbrad price has gone up 70 in 12x months !!

Regards.

Richard.

Edited by - SAAB96L on 29 Mar 2021 12:44:36
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Derek
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 30 Mar 2021 :  12:05:25 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Small plating shops come and go. Mine has gone. It was a 1 man shop and the guy got his dad back in to do my pipes. Any shop that does zinc plating will acid dip the bits and pieces before plating. Zinc plating is usually done by weight and although I took in some other bits in as well, including nuts and bolts, I still had to pay the minimum charge. 35 from memory but that was a long time ago, 2000? It's not labour intensive like chrome plate.
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