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Late 26 "T" Radiator (indicate bar or no bar)
In late 1926 Ford replaced the original five tube with a three row staggered layout tube core. Some have called this a "northern states" radiator. Tubes were offset to allow better tube access to air flow. While Ford engineers claimed an improvement, many speculate that the decision was based on cost containment.
There were numerous complaints from branches, dealers and customers of overheating and there was a corresponding increase in the number of accessory water pumps sold to combat the overheating. Additionally, the three row core was lighter, and lacked the structural crossbar running through the core. Added stresses on the radiator resulted in tubes separating from headers.
In February Ford engineers responded to the consumer complaints with a 1” longer fan hub (part no 3962C) and a change in the fan blade’s pitch. This brought the fan closer to the radiator. By November of 1926 the three row core T-8736-G and flat tube type T-8736-F were obsolete and they switched to a four tube core design T-8736-H.
This experimental design did not work very well in 1926 and, with the way cars are driven today, it likely won’t work as well now either. The Brassworks will still manufacture a thinner core radiator with or without the bar should a customer want one. If you find yourself with a core depth or fan/core interference a simple solution is to purchase the standard length fan hub (part no 3962BBN) which is now made with sealed ball bearings.
If you have modified or altered your vehicle in anyway, please order from the bespoke radiator section. If you wish to restore your OE radiator using your OE tanks, brackets and/or castings please visit the restoration section of our website to begin the process.
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We make to order. Please allow adequate time for us to build.
Build time estimates [November 2023]
Brass Model Ts 4 months
Black Model Ts FT 6 weeks - RT is 5 months
Model As 3-4 weeks
Heater cores 6 weeks
Common street rods 3.75 months
Tricky customs & restorations 4 months
We appreciate your patience as we continue to recruit and train new fabricators.