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1928 and 1929 Ford Model A Radiators

Henry’s Blueprints

We make aftermarket radiators from Ford Motor company blueprints and original radiators we have collected over the years. We do our best and want you to be satisfied with your radiator purchase.  It is no secret Ford had production growth in 1928 and numerous design changes in 1929.  Please read the section below to better understand why 28-29 Model A owners have more radiator fit problems than other production year.

If you have any concerns about fit after reading this then send us your original radiator and we will build from your dimensions a replacement radiator that fits your specific car.

If you however trust us to build your radiator to Ford’s dimensions and want us to sell you an aftermarket radiator then by all means order and inspect it upon receipt. If you are not satisfied for any reason, contact us to arrange a return for your money back.  The product should be returned with the freight prepaid and the radiator must be in new and resalable condition e.g. clean of fluid and not damaged.

If you have any concerns about fit after reading this then send us your original radiator and we will build from your dimensions a radiator that fits your specific car.

If you however trust us to build your radiator to Ford’s dimensions and want us to sell you an aftermarket radiator then order and inspect it upon receipt. If you are not satisfied for any reason, contact us to arrange a return for your money back.  The product should be returned with the freight prepaid and the radiator must be in new and resalable condition e.g. clean of fluid and not damaged.

Where the radiators were made

Ford produced 1928 radiators in the Highland Park and then switched to the Green Island Plant in early 1929. Continued success required contracting with alternative manufacturers at the Long, Flintlock and McCord plants in mid 1929.

Henry Ford was a clever businessman and constructed a popular product in the Model A.  When his business took off, design changes were frequent.

A few notes about “fit”

Inlet Height: Ford made a series of frame changes in each production year and introduced longer bolts and shims that raise the radiator. While shim thickness was never detailed in the Ford releases, the recommended bolts lengthen by as much as 1/4″. Shims may be required to raise your radiator and frame to align the inlet and water neck.  Failure to install the shims may result in a neck to fan interference.

Cross members: In late ’29, Ford engineers executes a series of  design change that created a more shallow relief in the cross member. Ford compensated for this with longer mounting bolts and steel shims, along with the usual rubber pads. Many owners do not know the year of their frame and Ford engineers did not provide the dimensions of the shims.  This could impact the upper inlet angle, fan clearance and height and hood alignment.  The illustrations below may help you identify your frame “version”.Model A Frames 1928-1929Lower return hose angle: Ford angled the lower hose connection down toward the ground and out toward the tire to clear the powerhouse generator.  Drivers today do not always use the generator but the correct angle is necessary to align with the correct 28-29 water pipe. We locate the lower hose connection at the same angles called out in the blueprints.  If for any reason your hose connection is problematic, please first inspect the water pipe (see below) to make sure you do not have a mixing and matching of parts.

Lower hose length: To many a water pipe is a water pipe but not all Model A water pipe connections are the same and we have seen Model B engine pipes on Model A cars. The slight differences in the illustration may seem inconsequential but this will affect the angle of the rubber hose when it joins to the outlet.

Compounding all of these production issues, your Model A may  have aftermarket products that are out-of-tolerance, have a mixing-and-matching of parts from different years or have frame twist or frame spread.

If you have a fit issue…

Any or all of these factors may result in a “fit” issue on one of the 2,432,814 Model As produced before 1930.

If you inspect your radiator and are at all dissatisfied with your purchase, just return it with freight pre-paid for a refund of the radiator purchase price.  It must be new and re-saleable e.g. no rusty engine water, no scratched up paint, no dents etc.

If you want us to make a radiator that matches your radiator’s dimensions, then just send yours to us.   We’ll build you a new one that matches your dimensions.  It may cost a little more than the production radiators because it is custom-built to fit your car.

We’ll even sell you the parts and you can assemble your own radiator.