I have a new brassworks radiator on my 1915 touring and for some reason the fan hits the top neck of the radiator and the overflow pipe. The only thing I could see doing is shimming the radiator up? Ive never had this problem before. Any thoughts on how I could solve this problem?
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Alex also check the length of your fan belt it maybe adjusting the fan to high. ???
Dave thanks for the info but I believe I mounted the radiator properly and Larry no matter what position the fan is in the fan still hits. Its very odd. Its like the radiator is sitting too low or brassworks put the neck in the wrong place?
Were you able to compare the measurements of the old radiator to the new one to see where any differences may be?
I suspect you have a fan belt that is too long or the wrong fan mounting bracket. Either will cause this problem.
What type of fan bracket are you using? For a 1915 it should be the bracket with a bend near the top. This would position the fan a little lower.
Sounds like the fan isn't close enough to the radiator.
The fan off mine is even farther from the radiator; it's on a nail on the garage wall.
Bill I think that might be the problem. The fan itself is a brass hub fan but the bracket is straight not bent.
Bracket should look like this, except with a cotter pin through the bolt:
Here's one on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Model-T-1909-1916-Cooling-Fan-Assembly-Brass-Hub-Bo lt-Grease-Cup-and-Arm-/390660537569?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash= item5af52ebce1&vxp=mtr
It sounds to me to be as simple as a shorter belt.
I think Bill and Royce have found your problem. The bracket with the bend on top, plus the right length belt, should leave lots of space above the fan.
Why would you not want the fan up higher so it cools the hottest part of the rad?
I agree, Steve's belt looks to be about an inch too short.