DO NOT BUY THIS RADIATOR IF YOUR SHELL IS AN OEM FORD PART! This radiator has a neck placement based on the aftermarket shells that had the neck hole positioned in the wrong spot. Aftermarket shells may be identified by the less pronounced radius of the front panel and an OD of shell to ID of neck opening measurement of 1/2". OEM by contrast is closer to 11/16". We have advanced the neck forward to match these shells that are in the marketplace.
If you are building a speedster or a car that will be used in parades on 100-degree days, we recommend our more efficient flat-tube core. The elongated "flat" tube core design increases heat transfer surface area and provides improved cooling capacity. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the fitment of 100 year old caps. Aftermarket caps are test fit and available for ~$20.
Features of the 1924-27 Model T High Style Radiator include:
Modern efficient copper core design with 6 fins per inch
3/4" seamless weld tubes in a staggered array to disrupt airflow laterally
Tubes have 2.93 times the internal surface area of Ford's original design
Galvanized steel bar runs through lower part of core for support
Die stamped three piece brass top tanks with model correct die stampings
Drawn brass bottom tanks with relief for crank
Galvanized steel sidewalls to resist rust
Cast red brass rod support
Internal baffle in top tank to prevent cooling loss
Properly offset cast red brass inlet
Polished nickel plated filler neck (Chrome available upon request)
Upper shell mount brackets included with radiator
Painted flat black to aid in heat exchange
Made in the USA
Ford transitioned from low style to high style in August 1923. Confirm your header-to-header measurement of 18-3/8" before ordering a "Hi" style radiator.
The infamous thin core radiator of 1926-1927
In 1926 and 1927 Ford engineers introduced a radiator with three rows of offset tubes. This effort to contain cost was intended for cooler climates but it failed to cool the engines and complaints rolled in from the branches, dealers and customers. The Ford engineers responded first with a one inch longer fan hub (part 3296C) which advanced the fan to the radiator, then an angle change to the fan blades and finally a fourth row of tubes. Ultimately, the radiator was abandoned. These radiators can be identified principally by the thinner core, depth, the absence of the crossbar which runs through the core at the point where the mounting brackets and two wire tabs along the lower tank.
While we can make the core to match the dimensions of this experimental radiator we recommend the fan hub 3296C be exchanged for the shorter hub 3296B and thinner experimental core be replaced with the better cooling 2-5/8” core depth with bar.
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