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Old September 22nd, 2009, 03:50 PM
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Radiator Shop reccomendation in Nova

Just had the radiator for the disco rodded at:

Dolphin Auto Repair
5750 General Washington Dr # H
Alexandria, VA 22312-2411
(703) 750-0985

rodded it, bypassed 2 split rows, added a petcock and pressure tested for 2 hours labor. Highly recommended. This is the same shop that used to do all the work for LR alexandria until they just started selling new ones to customers. He's very familiar with these radiators.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 03:53 PM
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This ain't like your muffler place recommendation is it? HAHA
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They did what they could (albeit that's not saying much) with your ebay headers.
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which shop was the muffler shop?
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I especially liked the part where they welded in the cat upside down and in the wrong direction and didn't even notice it until I pointed it out. They then charged me the time it took to fix their own work. That was really fantastic. Hey what's that big arrow that says "Flow Direction" on it and why is it point at the engine? Hey is that the heat shield I see? Any reason I am under the car and can see the heat shield pointing at me?
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So picky...I mean, it is Midas, what do you expect?

Now I'm glad I didn't let them put my cats on...
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I'm assuming you told them to shove the extra charge? As I'm intending to have them fix the exhaust on the disco, they did a good job on Ray's truck.
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I'm assuming you told them to shove the extra charge? As I'm intending to have them fix the exhaust on the disco, they did a good job on Ray's truck.
I figured it out after I went through the labor charges and didn't have time to deal with them. Regardless, they were no worse than the purveyor of the headers themselves.

I am looking at doing the hoses and might as well pull the rad while I am doing it. How tough is it to actually pull that thing outta there?

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tony which shop is this??

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I'm assuming you told them to shove the extra charge? As I'm intending to have them fix the exhaust on the disco, they did a good job on Ray's truck.
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Dave: Midas on Columbia Pike

Bill: Dead easy, maybe an hour to remove, 45 to install.
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I know the shop @ Lee Hwy and Washington Blvd does custom work too. I think they are a bit expensive but they did a job for my landlady (custom exhaust on a minivan equipped with wheelchair lift) that looked really nice. They also sold me parts to do the exhaust work on my 109 which they did not have to do. Whatever you do, never ever ever go to Sure-fit on 10th St. They gave me a high estimate because they figured they might waste some material if they got a bend wrong. So when they got a bend wrong they just pounded the pipe flat to clear the frame and then charged me more than the estimate. The system always leaked, and the tailpipe fell off the muffler within a year. On a 2" system the tailpipe was welded over a 1.5 inch exit hole on the muffler. I basically ended up cutting the entire system apart and rebuilding it. If you want things done right...



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Dave: Midas on Columbia Pike

Bill: Dead easy, maybe an hour to remove, 45 to install.
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I seriously don't think the guys at Midas have a pipe bender. It looks like they took pre-bent parts and cut them and welded them as opposed to trying to bend a solid piece. I now have two "bends" by the tranny crossmember that look like half pentagons.

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hell even *I* can do that.


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I seriously don't think the guys at Midas have a pipe bender. It looks like they took pre-bent parts and cut them and welded them as opposed to trying to bend a solid piece. I now have two "bends" by the tranny crossmember that look like half pentagons.

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I seriously don't think the guys at Midas have a pipe bender. It looks like they took pre-bent parts and cut them and welded them as opposed to trying to bend a solid piece. I now have two "bends" by the tranny crossmember that look like half pentagons.

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Just picked up the truck from them -- entire tailpipe was rotten. They did a perfectly acceptable job, got the muffler up nice and high, got the tail pipe routed more to my liking and a bit higher and did it for short money. I don't know Bill, maybe it was just you . . .

in fairness, this was a different guy than used to do mufflers there.
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