While changing the radiator hoses on my Tudor, I found that the steel top water connection (inlet?) on the radiator is rusted off (missing) about 180 degrees around. The hose was basically just butted up to the stub. Also the bottom cast iron water connection (outlet?) is also missing about 1/3 of its diameter due to rust. This one has a enough of a stub to still get the hose attached, barely. It helps that this is not a pressurized system. I looked in the catalogs and don't see either water connection part offered, if I could find them, I'm pretty sure I could fix it. Failing that, I'm tempted to fabricate a new upper stub and weld it on to the remains of the steel that's still there. Why are these parts steel and not made of brass ?? Anybody seen this before and have any thoughts on this situation ??
I'm pretty sure the inlet for a '24 radiator was stamped brass. Possibly your radiator is an aftermarket.
I don't know about the brass vs. steel question, but Chaffins shows the replacement parts you want. Give them a call at (951) 735-4791. I bet they can help you.
I have used an old transmission bronze bushing to repair those before. Works well.
I have both in stock on sale in brass, Bob
Thanks everybody for responding. Yes, the upper inlet connector is steel and the radiator appears to be an original, it has the lower horizontal detail. Thanks again, Bruce
What I found interesting is that a 24 radiator had a steel top outlet. On our Canadian sourced cars I have never seen a pressed steel top outlet on a high radiator. My observations are pressed steel outlets on low radiators, pressed brass outlets on high radiators. All of them have cast iron bottom outlets.
I have made a pattern using a pressed steel outlet for the low radiators, and have brass outlets cast from that.
Allan from down under.
I recently rebuilt my 1924 Fordor radiator. The inlet and outlet were both steel and not much metal left after 90 years. I purchased brass parts from Brassworks. $45.00 for the lower and $53.00 for the inlet and had them soldered in place. Re-painted with semi-gloss Rustoleum and the radiator looks great.