When did Ford start putting the steel horizontal support on the early radiators? Who made reproduction Brass radiators in mid 1960's?
Brassworks was made early on,by a very nice guy .The business has sold to what we have today.
According to the encyclopedia, mid year 1910 the support was added.
Dale, There were several people in California making radiators, one being Gilbert metal products. i cant remember the others at this time, ill let you know if any more come to mind. Kim
Dale, Reproduction Brass radiators made in the mid 1960's were made by Fred Stiver in Los Altos, CA. In my opinion the best reproduction radiators made to date.
I'll second that. I bought a Fred Stiver brass radiator in about 1979. Great product. Everything on the radiator was either brass or bronze. Never anything to rust.
All the information above is correct. Gilbert Metal Products made the very first ones in the EARLY '60'S, and I remember paying $135 for one!
The front trim on these radiators had issues, and that is when Greg Gouveia of the original Brass works began buying Gilberts radiators, and adding the correct front trim for them. Eventually, Greg made everything. I wish he still did, because what we have now is not nearly as nice, and not made correctly either.
Thanks for the information. I recently bought a old unused reproduction radiator that was shipped to me in a wooden box. This was a very nice 1910 radiator. workmanship was very good. It was packed with a San Luis Obispo newspapers dated Friday April 26, 1963, So which one of the guys made it?
From "THE BOOK", some time in later 1910 the bar was added. "The 1909 and most of the 1910 Ford radiators did not have the heavy support bar across the bottom of the core, as the did the later type."
Page 66, "THE MODEL T FORD"
Dale, I bought the radiator for my 1915 tourer from Greg Gouveia at Brassworks in San Louis Obispo in 1991. He built it specially for me, without the 'Made in USA' on the front plate, as my car was a Canadian one.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.