Walker Radiator Works, Inc., has been hand-building and refining their product line with traditional dedication to fitment, reliability and customer approval since 1932. They are still located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, next to Sun Records, where Elvis cut his first tracks. But their manufacturing techniques have remained as always; clean and simple.

Located near Memphis International Airport and close to FedEx's "SuperHub," it comes as no surprise that Walker Radiator has fitted a large number of radiators in that carrier's enormous truck fleet, as they have with UPS and other commercial businesses. And yet, surprisingly, this represents only a small percentage of Vernon Walkers' business, which still centers on hot rods.

To tackle the difficulties realized by today's car builders and rodders, Walker Radiator, through the guidance of longtime hot rodder Vernon Walker, has passed over more evolutionary materials and mass production manufacturing and stayed with proven methods that have served his company well. Incorporating refined variations of copper-brass construction, the real-world effectiveness of Walker Cobra radiators stands up to the challenges of alloy radiator builders making claims to the contrary.

Key to this efficiency are the specially-contoured, computer-designed fins comprising of approximately 620,000 precise louvers in an average-size Walker Cobra radiator. And while some alloy radiator manufacturers position their fins 1/2- to 3/4-inch apart, Walker reduces that gap by locating the fins just 1/4-inch apart, creating more surface area to dispel heat with 17 fins-per-inch (14 fins-per-inch with the Z-series) over the core surface.

Walker is quick to point out that while their copper-brass radiators weigh more than aluminum counterparts of similar size; their Cobra radiators are efficient at controlling heat. Walker has proven for an aluminum radiator to match the cooling efficiency of a copper-brass radiator it needs to be larger, thereby requiring more space, materials and liquid. Copper-brass radiators are also far more durable than alloy versions, and repairable when difficulties do arise.

You can find a Walker Radiator in countless numbers of street rods and one only has to ask one of these hot rodders, "Does your radiator work?" to find out just how well respected the Walker line of radiators are.

Like Fathers...
Like his grandfather and his father before him, Vernon Walker Jr. has been elbow-deep in his family's tradition. Mastering the various skills employed at Walker's production facility, Jr. then applied them through his own visions to further the company's product roster.

Cooling Components offers a line of electric fans and high quality fan shrouds that enable countless enthusiasts to travel with cooling system assurance. While each design has been tailored to certain requirements, the entire spectrum covers almost any application and, if not, Cooling Components will create one.

Beyond the products themselves is a shared understanding of cooling system challenges and simple solutions that Walker and Cooling Components know all too well. While some of their concepts center on product choices, Walker also offers a clear understanding of how we can maximize our cooling systems.

Tips on Maintaining Your Cool
Maximize the space around your radiator by measuring carefully to determine the maximum frontal area available. Include room for the fan, shroud and other adjoining components including the A/C condenser.

Carefully consider the distance between the radiator core support and engine accessories, top and bottom, allowing adequate room for movement without interference.

Be sure the chassis mounting points are absolutely secure and easily capable of maintaining the weight of the cooling system in the most severe road conditions.

Make sure your fan choice matches the requirements of your radiator and drivetrain.

Choosing the proper thermostat is critical to maximizing the effectiveness of a well-maintained cooling system. Thermostats should be changed regularly, and be sure to carry a spare with you.

Keep your coolant fresh. Whether you drive your vehicle or not, the coolant looses its effectiveness over time, both in terms of temperature control and corrosion resistance

Top off the cooling system with a high quality 15- to 18-pound Walker Radiator cap to ensure it holds up when the pressure's on. Also check your hoses and clamps regularly, as time weathers rubber and its connections.

Know if concerns arise with any product in Walker's or Cooling Component's lineup, they will discuss or solve the issue with the same commitment that has gone into everything this American success story have created since 1932.

Walker Radiator Works Inc.
Cooling Components Inc.
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