Radiator mounting bolts

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Radiator mounting bolts
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Hoshield on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 11:26 am:

I'm sure this is a silly question, but I take it the proper mounting assembly for a radiator ('24 Roadster) are the ones with the springs and thimbles ... (Snyder's PN: T-3929-AS). Mine are just nuts and bolts. I will be ordering the correct ones, but was surprised to find the proper ones are springs ... why is this? Apparently, the radiator should be allowed to flex in it's mounting a bit?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Wolf on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 11:59 am:

YES. There is a flat piece of metal, with a threaded hole, spring, a stud drilled for a cotter key and washer and nut for each side.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Hoshield on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:06 pm:

Very good ... I have a set in my shopping cart, as we speak ... but why is it spring loaded? Should the radiator, then, be expected to, or allowed to 'float' a bit? I could see having the shroud connected with a spring setup, but not so much the radiator.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Howard D. Dennis on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:14 pm:

Check here: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/367812.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 09:44 am:

They are called studs. They are threaded on both ends, 3/8-24, and are drilled for cotter pins.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 08:33 pm:

Dennis, even modern cars have rubber mounted radiators, to help isolate them from body movements and vibrations. The spring loaded mounts are supposed to do the same, and to absorb some of the chassis twist inherent in the T. The better the isolation, the longer the physical bond between the fins and tubes in the radiator, and hence its serviceability as a heat exchanger.

Hope this helps.

Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Hoshield on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 08:59 pm:

Yes ... the stud part I got, but was wondering how significan't the spring portion was. I'll accept the fact that they ARE important! :-) It makes sense to keep as much of the engine vibration out of the radiator, as possible! Thanks!
Dennis


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