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Non-Pressurized Radiator - Restoration Question

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11-22-2021 12:28:21

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My 1940 9N came with an original radiator and modern replacement radiator. See photos of the 9N. Prior owner replaced radiator telling me the original radiator had coolant coming out of the top, and it leaked. I presume he just overfilled the radiator, but it probably does also leak as there is obvious damage to the core. I would like to find some specialist who has experience replacing the core of these early hard to find radiators. No one here in Maine does proper radiator work for restorations. I would be happy to send it out to anywhere in the US for restoration. Does anyone have any experience with any companies or individuals who can do this work? Most specialist radiator shops just do not want to work on these early Ford radiators. Thanks for any suggestions, Larry. Happy thanksgiving to all.

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Tim PloughNman Daley

11-23-2021 04:31:28

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 Re: Non-Pressurized Radiator - Restoration Question in reply to LarryMaine, 11-22-2021 12:28:21  
Find a local radiator shop. Back in the day radiator shops were on every corner but nowadays they are getting harder to find. Thy 9N non-pressurized radiator used the STANT chrome plated cap, and original early ones were chrome over brass. The later 2N Pressurized radiator caps will not fit on the earl units. The good news is that you can still get the STANT cap rebuild kit, p/n B-8100-K. Some old farmers used to put oatmeal in the system to stop leaks. You can find OEM STANT caps often on ebay. Yours shown is not OEM. I also noticed your GENERATOR does not have a belt tensioning device. I can tell by the large barrel you have the 9N-10000-C unit which you could get the belt kit at a dealer. I have an OEM kit if you are interested. My email is open.


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11-22-2021 14:19:01

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 Re: Non-Pressurized Radiator - Restoration Question in reply to LarryMaine, 11-22-2021 12:28:21  
Back in the day,when a radiator leaked,the tube that leaked was pinched off and soldered. It isn't pretty,but with the Ns over engineered radiators,there would be plenty of cooling.

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Roger in Iowa

11-22-2021 14:02:01

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 Re: Non-Pressurized Radiator - Restoration Question in reply to LarryMaine, 11-22-2021 12:28:21  
How did it get two brake pedals on the right side?

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11-23-2021 10:29:55

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 Re: Non-Pressurized Radiator - Restoration Question in reply to Roger in Iowa, 11-22-2021 14:02:01  
This is how the tractor came to me, I am actually looking to pick up the period correct brake and clutch pedals. The foot pegs are also funny. One is correct, but one has a ball at the end and has a casting code that looks like it was from a Massy Harris or other similar tractor. Over 80 years, a lot can happen. Thanks, Larry.

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