Hey guys ,
I just picked up a honeycomb radiator for my tudor ( still saving for a Berg's ) , that the seller said was to the radiator shop , leaks fixed and flow test was good . Price was right and it is a good looking radiator ,However , there is no provision for the radiator support rod ? I'm sure that I can make something work , but I am wondering if anyone would have a picture or ideas on how it is supposed to look . Also , the filler neck is down approximately 3/8 to 1/2 " , like it was stoves in a bit , threads are good and I was wondering if there is a good way to repair that . Trying to post pics . Thanks.
Maybe you can tap a short piece of pipe or tubing with the right thread for the support rod and solder it on. But be sure you keep the heat local so you don't melt the solder somewhere else. As for the squashed neck, I'd be inclined to leave well enough alone and just live with it until you get your new radiator.
That tab of metal is supposed to be bent down to accept the radiator rod. I have a Honeycomb radiator myself, and it seems that's the way they were made.
Shame about the smashed top--maybe a musical instrument repair person could fix it? ( I wouldn't trust most modern radiator shops to do this!)
David , could you send me a picture of your radiator ?
Hopefully this makes some sense;
From the looks of your radiator, I think David & Jerry's idea is a good one. You shouldn't spend much on that radiator until you find out how it cools the engine. unfortunately, the honeycomb radiators cannot be rodded out so if it is plugged it will overheat.
Jerry , that was my first idea about the radiator support , but it's not centered or threaded . I may sound a bit thick here , but was there supposed to be a standoff soldered/brazen in that spot ?? Or something else ?? I have a low
Honeycomb radiator but it has the stand off soldered to the tank like a ford one does ? Thanks .
Maybe the bent bracket was more centered before the damage to the radiator? Two nuts on the rod takes care of the thread issue, so no need to solder threads to the bracket. If the radiator support rod sits at a minor angle shouldn't affect anything since the radiator is centered by the mounting bolts to the frame. Adjusting the length of the rod can be done to get the top part of the radiator in position lengthwise.
Here's the two pics I have on file of it, just back from the radiator shop. Mine has a worn spot in the neck that is patched, so the neck isn't pretty, but it's going on a "barn fresh" car, so guess I'm not worried about that. You can see how the bracket bends down & how mine also has the ridge in the bracket too. Same manufacturer?? And yes, you use two nuts on the rod to hold it to the bracket. If I get time today I'll go up to the shed and photo the bracket from the side.
Didn't make it to the barn today, sorry & I won't be back until Sunday--oh well, I'll try to remember then!
Maybe if you knew how that model is supposed to tie up you could have a mental epiphany....
Exactly , thanks again !!