Some of you may remember that last year my radiator for my T project was stolen from my neighbor's garage I keep it in while at college. I have a terrible replacement that will not hold water and so need to find another one. Will this do? I know it's not the right year for my car (25 chassis with a 26 engine), but it's a speedster and I think i'd like the looks of a brass radiator on it.
I want to know if anybody sees any serious problems with this radiator that would make it not worth bidding on.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brass-Radiator-3-Rivit-Neck-for-Model-T-Fords-1913-1914- 1915-Roadster-Touring-16-/380765295353?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&ha sh=item58a76152f9&vxp=mtr
I scanned the photo's on zoom and it looks very good, if it was at my end of the world I would be bidding on it.
If delivery is not too expensive then I would go up to $250 as it looks quite usable, $300 absolute max.
I never buy old radiators unless they are cheap with the idea in mind that it will probably need to be re cored. The originals usually have loose fins and will over heat no matter how clean. My experience for what it's worth. KB
The radiator probably would not cool well and you would have to use an earlier firewall, hood and hood former.
Looks better than the one I have been running on one of my cars for many, many years!
You always take a chance with a good original or older reproduction T radiator. (Maybe it was recored way back when.
Age eventually takes it toll on old radiators if they were actually used a lot even if they are in good shape.
Even if it looks good most of the time they just don't cool as well.
Been there and done that. I finally spent the money and bought a new Bergs. What a difference.
For the time and money I spent trying to clean
and repair old radiators I could have almost bought a new one.
You are looking at a radiator that is close to 100 years old. No matter how nice it looks, the solder joints between the tubes and fins have lost their integrity and the heat transfer will be impaired. Many members of this forum will tell you of their experiences with old radiators. They will polish up real nice and boil like crazy when you run a parade or tour on a hot day. You want a new core or a whole new radiator if you want to do any serious driving. I have learned this from experience. We have used Berg's, Brassworks, and our local radiator shop recores, all with good results. When buying on eBay always include the cost of a new core in your final math on what you want to spend. Been there.
I agree, I wouldn't spend that kind of money on an old radiator no matter how good it looks, for the reasons stated. When it comes to brass era radiators I like the looks of the original better than the reproduction (Yes, they're different), so I'd get an old one with a decent tank and have it recored. With that in mind I'd try to find one with a core that looks like hell so I could get it cheap.
It's over 500 now.
Look at all the rust that came from the lower radiator connection!