My radiator shell is pretty much a reject due to losses and bondo- Can anyone supply a decent late '23-'25 Radiator Shell?
Thanks very much!
William, If the 23-25 is the same as the 26-27, I've got one I'll part with for just the shipping cost from Florida. It's got what's left of nickel plating on it and a stress crack on one side. I'm SURE somebody here has a better one but this will bump your post up to the top again.
Hi Dennis- you are very kind; unfortunately the late '23-'25 is specific, and a '26-'27 would not work, but thanks for your offer. Happy New Year.
William, how would I tell the difference of a 23-25 from the 26-27 shell?
26-27 should be nickeled; 23-25 were not nickeled. Perhaps someone else will chime in as to whether there was also a size variance.
The parts book shows #3947-C for 1923-27. That one is black. It shows #3947-D for 1926-27. That one is nickel plated. I wish we could still get either one for $1.50 or $3.50.
Yeah, It would be swell if we could.
As far as I know all 26/27 radiator shells had a hole in both upper corners of the shell to bolt to a bracket in the upper corners of the radiator. In this picture the bracket on the radiator shell is slightly bent forward.
Wrong picture I will try again.
I hope you can see the hole in the radiator shell (the third hole down from the top of the picture). This hole matches the bracket on the radiator when the shell is moved back over the radiator. I supposed this was to stop wear on the radiator neck.
I believe that only the closed cars had a nickeled Shell the open shells were black. See the picture of my Montana 500 car. At least every thing I have ever read on the subject says that.
I may have heard that only closed 26-27 cars had nickeled radiator shells; that sounds familiar, that's fine. But what I really need is a Black 23-25 Radiator Shell. Over three million of them were made...there's gotta be one available out there.
I have about a half dozen shells, I will try and remember to take a look tomorrow and see if I have a 23/25.
You could use a black 26/27 and no one would ever know the difference.
I had a nickel 26-7 shell on my '25 for years. It fit and worked just fine until I took it off and replaced it with a steel one that works just fine too. If you don't like the nickel, paint it black!