What's the difference and how can you tell what you have? I've searched around and in pics I can't seem to tell what is different? I'm guessing the rad would be different and have to match the shell as well?
Low radiator would be 1923 or earlier. Here's where to measure.
This measurement on the low radiator is a little under 17". On high radiator it's a little over 18".
Did the 26-27 ever use a low radiator ?
No, the 26-27 cars were all high radiators. You can't just use a low radiator on a car built for a high radiator. The cowl and the hood won't match up.
Of course, you'll find cars and TT's with all kinds of weird "make do" stuff. My '18 TT had a high radiator when I got it. To compensate for the fact that it just didn't fit, whoever installed it nailed a wood strip on the top of the firewall under the hood so it would look level and folded the hood side panels up under the top so the fact that they were too short would not be a problem. It ran fine and nobody cared....
Robert, there are a couple of other indicators to differentiate between the two types of shells. In my experience, the sides of high radiator shells are flared out so that they follow the line of the tapering hood as it widens toward the rear of the car. The low shells have squared up sides. They are parallel to each other.
If the aprons are intact, the low shell has a simple strip about 35mm wide across the bottom while the high shell will have an apron which covers up the front chassis cross member.
They can be used in the wrong context. See Henry's post. On my brother-in-law's 1925 car a low radiator was installed by sitting the radiator on blocks of wood on the frame rail to lift it up to the height of the correct tall radiator.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Great that clears things up nicely! I had no idea it was year specific, because I would read things on the 26-27's (what I'm working on) and I would here Both high and low mentioned, but the 26-27 grill shells always looked the same.
So now I know I have a High radiator so High grill shell. Nice!
You have mentioned that you need a new rad shell for this car. And of course it needs to say "Made in Canada". Here are a couple of options.
1. Check with "George Moir Antique Auto parts". He is a full stocking supplier of parts for the T on up located by Edmonton. In the past he has had new rad shells with the made in Canada.
2. First Friday and Saturday in May is the Red Deer swap meet at Red Deer Alberta. I believe it is the biggest swap meet in western Canada
Thanks for the info Les!
Looks like my best bet will be to find a 26-27 Steel grill shell and have it plated.