View Full Version : Recycle your radiators

08-08-2007, 04:40 PM
Hearing about stolen copper wiring and copper prices, I called two recycling shops and asked about old all-brass vehicle radiators (like FJ40/55/60 stuff).

One shop told me that if I stripped the radiator (removed the steel frame, so that what they got was all brass), they'd give me $1.25 per radiator.

I called another shop, and they said a stripped radiator was worth $1.00 per *pound*. So, my buddy Rob Grimes took his stash of leaky FJ radiators down there after removing the steel and walked out with $100. I also asked about aluminum cans, and while King Soopers gives you 0.20/lb, they will give .50/lb.

So, if you have a bunch of skanky old Land Cruiser radiators, don't toss them. You can also use this 'found money' to keep the TLCA mailing list alive, or some other charitable cause.

Plastic/Aluminum radiators aren't of much interest to scrap joints, FWIW.


08-08-2007, 04:53 PM
Which shop offered $1/lb.?

08-08-2007, 05:14 PM
i got just over $50 on three last year.

08-08-2007, 05:54 PM
I took in 5 and got something silly like 50 each

Shark Bait
08-08-2007, 05:57 PM
So the brass is just the core?

08-09-2007, 10:18 AM
Core and tanks, minus any steel frames around the radiator. The shop that offered $1/lb was in Colo Springs. Call around as prices vary day by day.

In the past, I never would have called a recycling joint for a radiator - I just chucked them.