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Farmall A radiator problems

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Mr. Farmall

11-12-2015 15:52:21

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My A needs a new radiator, it is a 46 and lacks a water pump. Looking around online, it seems replacement non pressurized rads for A have been discontinued. Everybody I have checked only sells the later pressurized rads and lie about saying they are the same. Anybody know of a vendor that still sells the correct rad or am I forced to upgrade the tracter to water pump cooling system. Really hate to spend the money and time for a forced upon conversion.

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Mr. Farmall

11-22-2015 13:37:28

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
Looking though the numbers, many vendors including Yesterday here sell the IHS445 as both a pressurized and a nonpressurized radiator despite being incorrect for nonpressurized As. Only a few places seem to sell the correct, true nonpressurzied radiator IHS890 which is out of stock until Dec 15th. This means my A is out of comission until near Christmas.

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Mr. Farmall

11-19-2015 10:56:42

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
There are no shops in my area that recores radiators because of something to do with the EPA. Also read online that the starting price for a recore is double than buying new, like $600 because of the EPA again.
I bought the one listed on Yesterday and it doesn't match the picture they have posted online. They sent me the incorrect Northern 219459 which is a pressurized type radiator which I am going to return. Lots of vendors are lying about the Northern radiator being the correct type when it isn't for As. The correct type is IHS890 which very few places are carrying. I found one place that sells the correct radiator but they won't be in stock until Dec 15. Pretty much the vendors are screwing us over hard.

With the Northern 219459, the stock water cap doesn't fit, the lower outlet doesn't line up, the fan shroud doesn't fit, the overflow tube is all wrong, and the grill doesn't fit. I am really stuck.

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tn terry t

11-15-2015 18:30:56

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
FYI yesterdays tractor still shows the non pressured radiator. These tractors has been around since the late 1930's tons of them running just fine. No need to change them to pressured systems. if I needed radiator repair I would take my old one and get it repaired it fits some of these you get now don't fit right.

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11-15-2015 14:06:50

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
It doesn't matter if you convert to a pressurized system with the tractors without a water pump. I have converted most of mine to pressurized radiators; because I hate the non pressurized ones as when you go down a steep hill water runs out of the overflow. Thermal siphon systems don't care if they are under pressure, they work the same. The issue I have is that the new pressurized radiators almost fit. I just put one on my Super A and I had to shim the brackets to make the sheetmetal fit and the fan shroud to make it fit. I have also had the same problem with most aftermarket parts. I can't see why they can't get them closer to the originals.

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David G

11-12-2015 16:45:54

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
I would solder the one bad tube shut and leave the radiator.

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Mr. Farmall

11-12-2015 16:12:09

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
The pans are good, though a freak accident the fan cut a chunk out of one of the tubes in the core.

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gene bender

11-12-2015 16:28:59

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 16:12:09  
If thats all thats wrong just get it soldered those radiators had tons of capicity and you arent going to work it extended hrs in extreme heat. Your heating problems on the A most always come from the block being plugged at the base of the sleeves. I know its hard to find an honest old time repair shop but someone is around. That is a non pressure radiator make sure you inform him of that. WEhile its off for repair you can use some heavy wire and get those holes clean. That radiator will last longer than you with one tube soldered shut. I do have a good one if needed.

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11-12-2015 16:09:00

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 Re: Farmall A radiator problems in reply to Mr. Farmall, 11-12-2015 15:52:21  
generally the core is bad and not the pans. can the core be replaced>?

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