Picked up our Model K radiator today from Tom's Radiator in Sabetha KS. New core and polished brass:
Next to a T radiator Tom is working on:
Tomorrow I pick up bored jugs, new pistons and valves from Bill Devine and on to Dean's.
Hope it isn't a silly question, but what do the tubes do in the vicinity of the crank hole? Do they bend around it, or are the few tubes that would intersect the crank hole just blocked off?
Round or flat? And I want to know about the crank hole also.
Better stop at the bank somewhere along the way. None of that work looks cheap.
A radiator with a belly button
The cores around the crank hole dump into a manifold, continuing on the bottom of the hole.
I went with oval. Round would have taken six months, and I plan to drive the car extensively. I may have been OK with the original core, but about 25% was blocked. I saved the original so a future owner may be able to copy or return it. This is the third K radiator Tom has repaired, and the first the core needed to be replaced on.
I was pleasantly surprised, $1,100 for a new core, some machine work on threaded passages, build the crank box and polish.
That's one way to look at it (what would the engine side be?).
What does the backside look like?
We didn't get Pellini.
Have you taught Holly how to polish brass yet?
Same as the front, except not polished. He's going to Youngstown State, and NO.
I would suppose the radiator cap is unique for the K?
He recored my T radiator for $800. Cheaper than a new one, and I got to keep the original tank, which I like better than the repo tanks I've seen.
Yes, a unique cap.
Tom has now rebuilt/renovated one Model N, three K and one brass T radiator for me. I've seen about ten other brass T radiators at his shop. I don't believe he had ever touched a brass radiator prior to a farmer friend telling me about him.
Tom also came to the New London to New Brighton tour last year to check his handiwork. He owns a Model A, older Ford truck and is doing a rotisserie restoration on a Mach 1.
Rob, he's worth a phone call just to listen to him talk. I have enjoyed the calls I've had from him.