Newsletter – Issue 5 – Autumn 2013

Welcome to our latest newsletter.  We hope you enjoy reading this edition..  If you have any articles/news/stories you wish to include in our next edition, please email these to

A word from the director ….

Easter is almost here already!  We hope you get time to relax and spend some time with family and friends during the break.

Recently we’ve made more progress with our renovations.  We’ve now installed a roller door at the back factory which gives us more storage space.  We’re in the process of having an awning extending out from it, which will give the guys some shade while working outdoors.

We recently repainted the rear workshop foyer walls and floor, and constructed a new counter which has really brightened up the area.  We have also, since the photo was taken, put some signs and posters on the walls.  It looks great.

We’ve also removed the garden bed at the front of the property which to the relief of many, has provided us with some much needed extra parking spaces.

Over the last decade or more, many of you would have gotten to know one of our long-time staff members, Malcolm  Jones.  We’ve had many customers ask for Mal over the last few months and it is with sadness that we announce that he will not be returning in the foreseeable future due to an ongoing illness.  All of us here wish Mal and his family all the very best and hope he makes a complete recovery sometime in the near future.


Mark O’Sulivan

Spartan Motor Company – Evolution of a supercar

With a dedication and passion for perfection, two brothers embarked on a journey to build a supercar combining the body to rival a Ferrari and the handling to surpass most supercars. Their passion has seen them develop one of the quickest and lightest track cars in the world today, the Spartan.
Designed for the purist wanting the ultimate driving experience, the Spartan has been born and bred as a true roadster with no roof, no doors and just a small speedster-style windscreen. The car has been designed for one thing only… to go fast, be fun and offer the driver a huge adrenalin rush.
In early 2011 we were approached by Nick, one of the brothers, wanting a custom radiator made.  Nick brought in a part of the frame and asked us to make a radiator to suit.  We fabricated a complete aluminium unit including mounts for the electric fan.  As the project went forward there were a few modifications to be made and finally we had the radiator finished.
We had formed a good relationship with Nick and completed many welding jobs for them.
We would like to forward our congratulations to them for finally getting the car on the track and are pleased that they are looking forward to getting car into production.  They are looking to produce 300 cars.  We wish them well.

Topgear Australia featured the Spartan in their June 2011 magazine and the car was completed by November 2011. Testing began on a private facility owned by Mark Wills who was as equally passionate about the project as the two brothers.
The Spartan had blistering performance, especially above 100km/h where it would slingshot and accelerate with amazing pace. Braking and chassis balance was spectacular. It would accelerate from 0-100km/h in under three seconds and with the Ducati gearing speeds close to 290km/h were achieved.
During track testing of the Spartan, it reached speeds of up to 287km/h and 0-160km/h in under 5 seconds.
Manufacturing of the Spartan is due to commence shortly.  The Spartan will be limited to just 300 units and orders have already started coming through.
For further information please visit their website

Some recent works

Feature: Jaycon Radiator

Being radiator specialists, we were sent a Jaycon concrete pumping machine radiator by a customer to rectify an overheating problem.  Because of the condition of the radiator (see images above) it wasn’t in a serviceable condition.

We searched through all of our manufacturers’ catalogues but there wasn’t anything available.  We could have had a core made, but unfortunately, the plastic top and bottom tanks had also deteriorated and couldn’t be reused.  Also, the tanks are not available.
The decision was to fabricate a complete new radiator using a heavy duty copper core to replace the aluminium core and 2mm steel tanks which were solder coated inside and out to resist corrosion.
The end result was a much more robust radiator that in the future, could be recored over and over again when the core fails due to the harsh mining environment that the machine operates in.
This will minimise the amount of downtime in the future and lead to reduced costs also.
The customer was very happy with the outcome.

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Komatsu Excavator Radiator

We manufactured a complete new heavy duty radiator to replace an under-performing plastic tank version.  The new unit had increased cooling capacity as well as being more robust.

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Feature: 1966 Cadillac Radiator

We manufactured a complete new radiator to suit a 1966 Cadillac and fitted 2 Spal 3000CFM electric fans.  The customer intends to use the vehicle for weddings.

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Did you know?

The first generation  of radiators (1900’s to 1970’s) were made from copper and brass.  These were in 100% of cars and trucks as there was no good reason to use anything else because nothing else could compete with the many advantages of copper.In the early 1970s Volkswagen decided to go from an air-cooled engine to a water-cooled engine.  A few years later major automobile manufactures in Europe and the US began making cars and trucks with lighter materials due to the world oil crisis and urgent calls for ways to reduce fuel consumption.As aluminium is one third the density of copper/brass, a lot less expensive and can handle heat fairly well, radiators made of alloy then started to become more popular.Since then, aluminium has taken first place as the metal for radiators in new cars even though copper/brass still holds a two-thirds majority of the overall radiator market.

While aluminum was growing in use in new cars and trucks, the copper/brass industry began looking at ways to improve the traditional copper/brass radiator with the goal of competing aggressively against aluminum which began to manifest several disadvantages as a metal for radiators.   For example, when aluminium radiators are corroded or damaged, they are far more costly to repair than copper/brass units.  Also, aluminium radiators are more prone to coolant side pinhole corrosion.  If this occurs, the radiator is irrepairable.

In the early 1990s the copper/brass industry found new technologies that produced a lighter, stronger and more durable radiator than what was currently available.    Taking advantage of copper’s inherent strengths, the copper/brass industry may soon recapture market shares for new car and truck radiators that have shifted toward aluminium.

“Alternative uses for your radiator”

Another automotive heating system – You’re looking at some fine engineering. Yes, that is an automotive radiator attached to floor joists with hot water piped to it. All the pipes and the wood-burning boiler were constructed of recycled components from who knows what. The system never did function to their satisfaction. I wonder why?

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