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Old 08-10-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default 33/34 Radiator differences

Question for the Model 40 experts. Are there any differences in the radiators between '33 and '34? My '33 came with one, but we're not sure if it's a '33 rad. or not, or if it matters. I will be running a stock '33 grill and hood. I assume all V8 passenger cars are the same within a model year.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: 33/34 Radiator differences

The 34 radiator has a clip on the side strap that engages the front opening handle on the hood, the 34 has two handles on the hood, 33 has one
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They are interchangeable. The only difference I have ever seen, is that a "correct" 1933 radiator has a little pocket in the top of the side support where it is soldered to the top tank on each side. The pocket is created by a little flare in the side support where the side support is attached to the top tank. The purpose of this pocket is to provide a place to rest the front corner of the hood to keep it from falling down when raised. The '34s have a stamped crease in the cowl top to rest the back edge of the hood on to hold it up, whereas the cowl top is flat and smooth on a '33. All '33-'34 passenger car radiators are the same otherwise. I've looked at lots of '33s and have only seen a few radiators that have this pocket, so I guess many got replaced with '34 radiators over the years. This attached picture is of a 28,000 mile original car.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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Good one Randy! How about for a "Commercial" 33; would it still have this feature???
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:02 AM   #5
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Great, thanks for the info. guys.
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You got me on that one, I don't know anything about commercial vehicles except that they have different hoods and grilles, so might be a whole different ball of wax!

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You got me on that one, I don't know anything about commercial vehicles except that they have different hoods and grilles, so might be a whole different ball of wax!
The radiators themselves seem to be the same; they just use different brackets to mount the grille shell. I need to look at my small collection and see what I have...
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