1914 touring: Is the portion of the upper header tank (part that is under the hood) supposed to be painted black (mine is) or polished brass? My car is not a show car, just a nice driver. Just got the radiator back from the shop after repair, trying to clean it up before installing hence the question re paint.
I can't answer that definitevely but I do know they all seem to be. Also shipped from Brassworks that way. Seems a shame actually.
Thanks, Tim, time to break out the rattle can! Gloss or flat? Mine looks flat.
I would go with flat.
Dunno about 1914. My 1915 radiator shows no evidence of ever having been painted under the hood. But I have a 1911 radiator that is painted flat black there.
(Message edited by steve_jelf_parkerfield_ks on April 21, 2017)
Thanks all, flat black it is!!
Go to Eastwoods site and look up "radiator paint" which while "yes" you can use black enamel but the Eastwood stuff is thinner and breathes better for heat transfer.
Jerry, my original 1914 rad is painted black on the under-the-hood portion. You can see the brass where the paint rubbed off. It looks like flat black.
Jerry, I'm late gettin back here, but the guys answered it correctly. Flat. Irony here is, I've often given thought of stripping mine so the beautiful brass shows! So much for me being purist! ha ha.
Brassworks paints the tanks black, but I don't think Ford did. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. The MTFCI Judging Guidelines makes no mention of it.
Clearly visible in old production photos, the core and inside of the top tank and lower tank are painted a dull black, not left bare shiny reflective brass.
The exposed brass is on the outside of the radiator, for the new owner to keep polishing
Indoor camera lighting.
Outdoor camera shot.
As a follow-up, the MTFCA encyclopedia has the listing of Ford paints under "Paints" 1913- to end.
F-122 Radiator Black Radiators Air Dry
And an earlier post, about brass lamps being painted, here is that Ford #.
M-151 High Gloss Black Lamp Enamel Lamps and accessories Oven dry
Show me the literature saying that brass has to be kept polished.
on our 16 it looks like there is some traces of black paint left not much I will try to get a pic later
Ford Instruction Book for the owner
Tells the owner to take that pride and wash and shine the T, including the brass!
Ford Manual, 1915
Hi Jerry - When I got my '14 radiator back from recore, I painted the shelf where the hood rests semi gloss (had a can laying around) and polished the back of the tank which is the way it came to me.
Not 1914 but note that the top tank of the radiator on the 1917 Rip Van Winkle touring is not painted.
Hard for me to fathom Henry spent a few cents painting radiators, he was very thrifty. I don't think he painted the steering shafts which needed it.
"may be polished" does not mean "should be polished" or "must be polished".
It may be done once in a while but not kept shining.
Not a very good pic of our 16 it looks like traces of black paint
On My earlier picture the Eng was too hot to touch. This pic I rubbed water on tank and the paint shows up not much left and it comes off easy but I am convinced on ours at least it had paint I don't think the rad has ever been off from what I can see
Thanks, Dan. Now we all know for sure.