Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Model A (1928-31)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2016, 04:40 PM   #1
Lananthony
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 8
Default In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Received bad news today from the radiator shop today. Was notified that after being cleaned and pressure tested that the old radiator has a crack and several holes and will cost me $300-400 to repair. Checked Snyder's and Brassworks for a new radiator and I'm looking at $500-600. Anyone have a radiator for a 1930 for sale or know of anyone selling one at a fraction of the cost? Any other ideas are also welcomed. Thanks in advance.
Lananthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 04:59 PM   #2
C26Pinelake
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Michigan / Ontario border, Sarnia, Ontario. 50 miles from Detroit and 150 from Toronto.
Posts: 5,800
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

if you buy a Brassworks or Bergs your troubles are over for good. A used radiator can and often does bring nasty surprises and not worth taking the chance on. Even repairing your old one has no guarantee. Good luck, Wayne

Last edited by C26Pinelake; 09-01-2016 at 01:25 PM.
C26Pinelake is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 08-31-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
Mitch//pa
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bucks County, PA
Posts: 11,454
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Be very careful going the used route.. Ck out bergs radiator also...
Like oil, a good radiator is cheaper than a new engine
Mitch//pa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 06:29 PM   #4
updraught
Senior Member
 
updraught's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,428
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Spend even more money and get a Bergs.
updraught is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 06:31 PM   #5
Fred K-OR
Senior Member
 
Fred K-OR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Stayton, Oregon
Posts: 3,793
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Bert's in Denver have good rebuilt radiators. May want to check with them.
__________________
Fred Kroon
1929 Std Coupe
1929 Huckster
Fred K-OR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2016, 11:55 AM   #6
CarlG
Senior Member
 
CarlG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 8,588
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
I have been very pleased with my new Berg's radiator.
__________________
Alaskan A's
Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska
Model A Ford Club of America
Model A Restorers Club
Antique Automobile Club of America
Mullins Owner's Club
CarlG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 08:26 AM   #7
tim54889
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 120
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Solder, heat , flux, soapy water, done!
tim54889 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 08:42 AM   #8
phonconn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Kansas City Area Missouri
Posts: 268
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Gary Bergbower does a great job and is an old line Radiator Family. It will be the last one you have to buy. I have 6 of his and never a problem. He can be reached at 618-231-3507.
phonconn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 09:22 AM   #9
C26Pinelake
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Michigan / Ontario border, Sarnia, Ontario. 50 miles from Detroit and 150 from Toronto.
Posts: 5,800
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim54889 View Post
Solder, heat , flux, soapy water, done!
All the above depends on the condition of the article being soldered. If it is rotted to begin with everything above means nothing. Wayne.
C26Pinelake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 10:35 AM   #10
Lananthony
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 8
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Thank you all for your input. Local radiator shop highly suggested BrassWorks as well as others on this forum, so I bit the bullet and ordered one. Looking forward to receiving the radiator so I can finally wake her up from her 10 year nap.
Lananthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 11:21 AM   #11
46international
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 82
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

hate to say it but, I was lucky enough to pick up a Radiator last fall at Hershey, guy wanted $25 and I talked him down to $20 looks great and holds water. I was very lucky! There was others for $200 250 or so, you are within driving distance and the meet is only a few short weeks away.
46international is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 11:29 AM   #12
TinCup
Senior Member
 
TinCup's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: OKC / Tonkawa, Ok.
Posts: 1,973
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Hope it fits.
__________________
Sooner Model A Club of Oklahoma
TinCup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 01:18 PM   #13
Mitch//pa
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bucks County, PA
Posts: 11,454
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

There were 4 and a half Berg reccomendations on this thread

Good luck
Mitch//pa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 02:02 PM   #14
C26Pinelake
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Michigan / Ontario border, Sarnia, Ontario. 50 miles from Detroit and 150 from Toronto.
Posts: 5,800
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TinCup View Post
Hope it fits.
Have you had a problem with Brassworks fitting? Wayne
C26Pinelake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 02:28 PM   #15
Lananthony
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 8
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

I have retracted my order with BW and I'm going with the highly recommended Berg's. My apologies for sounding like a hard headed newbie. Thank you all once again for preventing me from making a mistake.
Lananthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 02:39 PM   #16
John Kuhnast
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 564
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Smart move
John Kuhnast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 03:08 PM   #17
C26Pinelake
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Michigan / Ontario border, Sarnia, Ontario. 50 miles from Detroit and 150 from Toronto.
Posts: 5,800
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lananthony View Post
I have retracted my order with BW and I'm going with the highly recommended Berg's. My apologies for sounding like a hard headed newbie. Thank you all once again for preventing me from making a mistake.
It would not have been a mistake! Even the professional radiator shop recommended Brassworks. Wayne
C26Pinelake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 03:17 PM   #18
Bob Grieb
Senior Member
 
Bob Grieb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Temecula, California
Posts: 325
Send a message via Yahoo to Bob Grieb
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

If you can get a new one I would do it. I went the used one on two occasions and they worked well in town but when I got on the highway they caused me to overheat because the flow rate was impaired. Bob
__________________
1929 Tudor
1930 Pickup
Bob Grieb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 04:47 PM   #19
Tiny
Senior Member
 
Tiny's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Redding Cal
Posts: 1,377
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

The radiator shop might have killed it with the pressure test. Never have an old A radiator pressure tested. They weren't designed for it in the first place and now they're 80 years older and more fragile. I have also heard good about Bergs
__________________
Blackwall Panthers
Nor Cal chapter
Tiny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 05:21 PM   #20
Mitch//pa
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bucks County, PA
Posts: 11,454
Default Re: In need of new radiator. Old radiator beyond repair.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 46international View Post
hate to say it but, I was lucky enough to pick up a Radiator last fall at Hershey, guy wanted $25 and I talked him down to $20 looks great and holds water. I was very lucky! There was others for $200 250 or so, you are within driving distance and the meet is only a few short weeks away.
My toilet bowl holds water also but does it flush
Mitch//pa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:26 PM.