I just received a Brass works radiator
and a new install kit from Langs. My old Radiator wad put in with 2 bolts and washers. I can not figure out how the mounting kit works. I have a 25 touring. Any help would be appreciated. Bob
Here are a couple of pics:
If the mounting bolts don't line up your front cross member may need re-arched. A chain wrapped around the front frame rails and a jack pushing in the center of the cross member will correct that condition.
The bolt holes in the frame can be elongated some....however, too much can weaken and cause cracking.
Put these words and letters in your Google search box:
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and one (or many) of the resulting "hits" should tell you all you want to know (and more!!)
Thank you everyone.
Robert: I find it helpful if you have someone with you when installing the radiator mount kit. With the bottom plate stud and spring installed some times you need to push up to compress that lower spring a little (and they are tough when new)I have a friend put a large screwdriver and gently pry up this makes it much easier to start the castellated nut.
Lay it up there as suggested and make sure the holes align. Important! Help would be a good thing. The springs really can drive you nuts.
I found on this forum a suggestion about using a wood wedge under the bottom plate to give you enough thread to start the top nut. If working by yourself this works great. PK
Here's what I do. I put in the studs, nut at the bottom, the springs and upper thimble. Then without the radiator, I tighten it up which will draw the stud up and compress the spring. Then I install a tool or block of wood between the stud and the lower frame rail. Next back off the top nut and install the radiator. Put on the upper hose first so you don't have to bend it to fit it in place. Then put on the top thimble, nut, and tighten up. The lower hoses can be put on after the radiator is tightened. After the radiator is installed, I remove the wood or tool from below. Sometimes if the hood doesn't line up, you can tighten one side more than the other which will tilt the radiator slightly to one side or the other. Then put in the cotter pins.