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Old 05-25-2020, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default Radiator comb

Anyone have an opinion/recommendation for a radiator comb?
How many fins per inch on a original '31 radiator?
The plastic ones look kind of cheap, would a metal comb be better?
Just want to clean up my radiator and make it more presentable.
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Old 05-25-2020, 01:10 PM   #2
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Brattons catalog says original radiators had 6 fins per inch .
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Old 05-25-2020, 01:13 PM   #3
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The plastic comb would do less damage to the copper cooling fins than would a metal comb. I use the plastic cooling fin comb. I haven't tried a metal one.
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Use a plastic butter knife or similar item and do one row at a time. Won't take too long.
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Old 05-25-2020, 06:27 PM   #5
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Keith those are for A/C condenser fins, I've used many times, a pocket knife and patients works as or better than the pictured tools.
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Old 05-26-2020, 08:42 AM   #6
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I use the plastic one on my 53' Merc, obvious which one. It does a great job. I have never seen the metal ones.
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Old 05-26-2020, 08:50 AM   #7
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Combs are OK for fins that are not folded too far. They don't work too well on fins that have been pushed over very much plus you tend to run into the tubes which can make the job tedious. I use an assortment of tools to straighten them as best I can and I straighten one fin at a time.
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