Radiator manufacture the way it used to

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 04:54 am:

I just watched a weekly vintage machinery programme on TV & this week was on "Adrad national Radiators" in Auckland (here in New Zealand). Was very interesting as the guy showed how they make a model T radiator from scratch the way it used to be done. Adrad still use machinery & tooling made in 1914. They make all kinds of radiators but specialise in quality vintage radiators. They've been in business for 75 yrs I hope it continues...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 05:58 am:

Kevin,

I think it is great that while they supply all sorts of modern vehicles that they continue to keep the skills alive for making the antique radiators also. And you can avoid shipping cost from the US.

At their web site http://www.vintageradiator.com/radiators.php they had a few photos but I bet the TV show was fascinating. I didn't see any round tube radiators listed, but they may have some of those also.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Verne Shirk on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:46 am:

I believe this has gone around before but here's a neat YouTube video of manufacturing a honeycomb. There are two parts. This is the first to get you started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxt6EN-39Ck


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:29 am:

A bit off topic BUT -youtube is an amazing place.

My son has announced that he wants to build me an open trailer for the T and other projects.
My reaction was No Way until he showed me a series of youtube vids and web sites with instructions.
I am now thinking it can be done!

How did we survive before the internet?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:45 am:

It would be nice to see a T brass radiator made correctly. The brass works sure isn't doing it right. I sent my mostly original '13 radiator to them a few years back, because I thought the core was bad, and all it was was the radiator inlet was leaking where I couldn't see it. They didn't even check the radiator! A $100 repair job wound up costing me over $1200! Not a good way to do business.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 06:53 pm:

Wow Larry! Thats one reason I posted this is the us dollar is much higher than ours and it might be cost effective to buy from here. Probably only works if a frame can be sourced here, that way there's only one way freight.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Les Schubert on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 07:25 pm:

I have bought a couple of "cellular " cores from "replicore" in New Zealand
Top quality product!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:23 pm:

Was the shipping expensive Les?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Les Schubert on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 09:59 pm:

I don't specifically recall. I must have thought it was fair. It was about 10 years ago. Re-cored a couple of Russel car radiators


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