I know of others that have been through several Northern radiators. They are about a third the cost of C&R. Last year, I had both the Northern and C&R (and OEM) in hand for a couple of days. My Northern radiator was obviously poorly made (looked like I could have thrown it together in my garage), with a warped top of the core. The OEM radiator was clearly better made. The C&R radiator made the Northern look like a hot pile of garbage. However, I think some Northerns have run OK so it might be worth a try, but also take every precaution to minimize flexing and electrolysis either way.