Yeah not sure what you are "done buying from the forums" since it sounds like your seller responded fairly and quickly.
The rad looks like it could have been packed better. I got one a few years ago where the inlet and outlet necks were both pushed in. It isn't always easy to pack things properly. Sometimes you need to put some thin plywood in the packaging to protect the little pieces that stick out like the pins on LR rads.
Also it is worth mentioning that you can lose one tube on a radiator without sacrificing any significant cooling capacity. Easy to pinch one off or weld it shut.
1960 SII 109"- "Red Square"
1984 90 Tdi- "Yamelo"
1988 RRC- "Chewbacca"
1987 RRC- "Chewy 2"
2008 RRS SC- "The Supersofa"
1959 SII 88"- "The Little Green Beastie" last seen in NY
1972 SIII 88"- "GreenHELL" now in NC
1988 90 "Eric the Half a Bee" half a truck, sold for parts
1991 RRC- never got a name- long since recycled