I buy a lot of my parts from them. Has anyone had success/failure with their radiators?
I've never bought much from them because of the prices. Their radiator is about $100 more than Berg's, which has a great reputation for quality and efficiency and offers a choice of round or flat tubes.
Does anyone know if they used to go by the name of Obsolete Ford Parts of Oklahoma City? Back when I worked at Specialized Auto Parts in Houston, in the seventies, they were one of our dealers. The owners name was Dale Bliss.
Yep, same outfit. On I-35 just north of Moore.
Yes same know Dale
Since the topic is a new radiator has anybody ever bought one of the replacement radiators that Macs sells? They advertise them for 650.00 (17-27)high and low styles. They are flat tube for the "go" car. Not a bad price.
I had a Macs rpl rad on order for 6 months and could not get a delivery date. I only wanted one for testing.
Got a round tube from Brassworks within a month
I bought one from Macs 2 years ago. It is a Bergs radiator. You can get one directly from Berg.
Just bought a flat tube rad for my 27 from Brassworks. Great people to deal with. Approx. 2 weeks from order to shipping. Turns out my 27 has one of the thin "economy" rads that Ford used on some cars along with a longer fan hub to move the fan closer to the rad, so I had no fan clearance with the new rad. Ordered a regular hub from Langs and received it the other day. Grreat service from both companies.
did the thin Ford radiator you had cool very well while you were using it?
I believe I have one of those. I bought it a few years ago and it leaked at the lower neck. I still have it in my storage bldg. and thought about repairing it but bought a new Bergs instead.
I still may use it on a another car I'm thinking of building.
Thanks for any input.
John. I purchased a new replacement ($650.00) radiator from Birdhaven in Colfax, Ia. in June of this year. It is a 26 high radiator and it was in stock. Out of the box it fit and bolted up perfect. It was so pretty I hated to cover any of it with the radiator shell. I never knew my T could run so cool. Yet to get the moto meter temp gauge up to the small circle.
John: I had a thin (3 row) radiator on my 27 touring. It worked OK but barely. It would sit and idle for about 20 minutes before starting to boil. I could keep it from overheating while driving, but you had to pay attention and keep the timing, gas, ect set just right. I replaced it with a thick (5 row) radiator and now it runs very cool. I would use the three row on something I did not drive a lot.
I didn't have any cooling problems with the thin rad except for one time when I was waiting in line for about 30 minutes to drop my grand-daughter and her date at the red carpet at her graduation. I was running a water pump at the time and later removed it but never had any more trouble. There was a local volunteer fire truck at the school for this occasion and one of the firemen graciously gave me some water to refill the car when it cooled off. He also gave me his business card, he was a salesman for a local Ford dealer, and said that if I wanted to trade on a new Ford, he would give me a good deal. Of course, a lot can depend on the climate where you live. 80 degrees here is an exceptional day. If you install your thin rad on another car, I think you would be well advised to use the longer fan hub to bring the fan closer to the rad. The story I have heard was that when Ford switched to the thin rad. some customers experienced cooling issues so Ford introduced the long hub to move the fan closer to the rad and hopefully resolve the problem.
My 27 Runabout has the three row radiator and the extended fan pulley. It's always gotten me by OK, although if I run too fast the coolant will work past the cap gasket and spits on the windshield. (I just tell passengers that's the windshield washer). It's cooler here than where I used to live but even so, I think too many of the fins are breaking loose. When the car is all back together we'll find out for sure if the old radiator is still up to snuff.