This radiator is intended as a drop in replacement for the 1930-1931 Ford car or car based pick-up truck and set-up for the OE engine in its production year. It has been called the "show radiator" because it has a hand dimpled core face and 6 fins per vertical inch. The highly elliptical tube shape provide equal volumetric throughput but increase surface area by 293% thus requiring fewer tubes and still providing greater heat exchange. Other features include a deep drawn tank with an OE stamp pattern, electric wire tabs, galvanized steel sidewalls, and riveted brackets for a longer life.
Please note that we offer higher fin density, lower fin density, pressurized and street rod radiators that all fit Model As in the bespoke radiator section.
Additionally, 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. We can use your tanks and hand scallop the fins to accommodate your embossed sidewalls.
Features of the 1930 and 1931 Model A radiators include:
Copper core design with 6 fins per inch
Hand dimpled fin face to mimic OE appearance
Embossed louvers between tubes to disrupt air flow & facilitate heat exchange
3/4" seamless weld tubes in a staggered array to disrupt airflow laterally
Brass top tanks with model production year die stampings
Galvanized steel sidewalls to resist rust
Brackets riveted to the sidewall
Sidewalls available with relief like OE (upon request)
Cowl rod bracket for support rods to firewall
Baffle in top tank to prevent coolant loss
Correct angle on lower outlet
Electric wire tabs soldered to lower tank
Painted flat black to aid in heat exchange
Made in the USA
Use of aftermarket stay rods (often in chrome or stainless) will cause your radiator to tilt forward and result in hood-to-shell separation.
We make to order. Please allow adequate time for us to build.
Build time estimates [November 2023]
Brass Model Ts 2 months
Black Model Ts FT 1-3 weeks - RT is 6 weeks
Model As 2-4 weeks
Heater cores 6 weeks
Common street rods 3.75 months
Tricky customs & restorations 4-4.5 months
We appreciate your patience as we continue to recruit and train new fabricators.