I thought these two oddballs were worth a picture.
They appear to be standard Model T radiators in some respects. They have the Ford name pressed in the front, and the factory tag on the back of the tank. But one has a honeycomb core, and both appear to be nickel plated. One has no choke wire hole, and both lack the horizontal support bar. Latter year alterations? Dealer options?
The one in the front has probably been re-cored with a honeycomb core. Radiators were sometimes nickel plated by the dealer. They didn't come from the factory that way.
Sorry I missed you. Those were mine. The Honeycomb one leaked and was sold as parts. That was the only nickel plated one I'd ever seen, so I bought it as a novelty item about 10 years ago. A few months later when I went to PA to pick up the 15 I bought from pictures, it had the other one on it. What I've heard was that when the "improved" cars came out, dealers offered to plate the old radiators for folks to "update" their 10 year old cars. Anyway, the one left is a flat core that was flushed and tested to 16 pounds of pressure. I might get industrious one of these days and build another speedster with it!
Mike, that was brave of some one to pump 16 pounds into a T radiator!! that it just NOT the done thing, 2to3-lbs is more than enough to test and cause no damage.
I couldn't believe he did that either! I took 5 radiators to my guy to be checked out before Hershey. I wanted to be able to tell folks if they would hold water. If I'm told by a vendor that they don't know, I'm going to assume they don't work. I picked them up and he told me 4 of the 5 were good to 16 pounds. The honeycomb may have been good too if he hadn't put 16 pounds to it, but, it was already done.
If it only leaked a little at 16 psi it is probably an easy fix!
I had a regular T tube radiator at one time that I figured someone had put way too much pressure into. It had a half dozen tubes that expanded for about an inch or more. Two tubes had opened up. Did you know some of those tubes are rolled flat brass with a simple rolled seam the full length?
I would like to have that brass honeycomb radiator.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I got rid of most of the stuff I took, even in the rain, because I priced it to sell. A guy in his mid 30's trying to build a T with his son on a budget walked away with it (knowing it leaked)for $30.00.
Steve, I have a honeycomb T radiator. It has the support bar bent around under the bottom. Bob