My 15 has an excellent brass shell but the core has been repaired numerous times and now is leaking bad again. Where can I get a new core, and/or who can recore it for me. Iím in Western MA
The rest of my T repairs are on hold for now until I can get this fixed $$$$$
If you don't find somebody closer, you can send it to Tom Nolte. He did a Model K radiator for Rob, so I had him recore the one for my 1915 T.
TOMíS RADIATOR SERVICE
2341 184th Road
He's in a farming area, so ag equipment repair comes first. He does the antiques between farm equipment jobs.
Neil send it to Bobs radiator in agawam ma he does all of my Radiators
I also need a new core for my 27. Has anyone used valley radiator service in Canton Connecticut? thanks
Charlie Go with bob and save yourself some money and time Valley is good but he charges too much
Neil - sending you a PM.
Thanks for all the contacts. Looks like Iím going to try to burn the old epoxy repair out and get it properly repaired first. To get it recorded is as much or more then a new one. Iím a not questioning the prices, itís got to be a huge amount of labor to do a good job of these brass radiators.
If the repair doesn't cure the leaks, or if it cures them but the radiator can't radiate sufficiently anymore, the recore is hundreds of dollars less than a new one. My recore was around $800. A new Brassworks is over $1200.
There is a good reason that recores are not popular for those early brass radiators.
The old brass becomes very brittle as it ages and heat accelerates the process.
Perhaps 25 years ago, I asked a popular radiator rebuilder in Indiana why he did not offer rebuilt radiators with new cores.
He told me they were nothing but trouble and people wanted the new radiator guarantee and they seldom lasted that long.
A friend popped the top front seam on an early radiator and a local repair shop did a good repair, as far as holing water, but the radiator could never be put on a car for a show. There is solder all over and above the area that previously leaked.
Recores normally do not last any time at all, so you might better put your money up front.
Set up the radiator on some metal saw horses yesterday in the warm sun and slowly burned out the epoxy . Guess what I found behind the epoxy? Silicone! It took me three hours to get that out. One more small section to do. Then I think itís ready for a dip tank to clean it up so I can see if itís repairable. Updates to follow. Didnít do a before picture.
I've seen cracks in brass, but in the case of leaking seams I would think that means cracked solder. Either way, it's too bad that the new radiators don't match the originals.
Is that an old reproduction radiator or an original that has a modern core? It doesn't look like an original round tube.
Last time car was registered before I bought it was in the 40ís so Iím not sure when the flat tube core was installed