Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Early V8 (1932-53)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-08-2019, 05:02 PM   #1
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,241
Default Radiator neck pliers?

Trying to get the outlets on my 35 radiator round again. I did a search online and canít come up with anything because all the new radiators are plastic and aluminum, and the tools for them are completely different.
Does anyone know where I can get the old style pliers for reshaping the outlets on radiators?
Specifically looking for one that will do one and a half inches.
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2019, 05:11 PM   #2
glennpm
Senior Member
 
glennpm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Wiscasset, Maine
Posts: 769
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Would a tail pipe expander work? It would be the insertion depth that I would wonder about.


https://www.harborfreight.com/Medium...der-63703.html


Glenn
glennpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 12-08-2019, 05:15 PM   #3
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,289
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

These aren't "old style" but they will probably do the job >


__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0
petehoovie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2019, 05:20 PM   #4
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,241
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

The ones I remember when I used to work at a radiator shop when I was a teenager have a 90į Bend at the end and it goes in the radiator outlet to shape it properly. There were serrations on the 90 ‘ end but other than that look like a regular pair of pliers.
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2019, 05:29 PM   #5
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,289
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Like these? >

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-UTI...oAAOSwKS9d5~fL


or these? >

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Vintage-....c100752.m1982
__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0

Last edited by petehoovie; 12-08-2019 at 05:38 PM.
petehoovie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 02:21 AM   #6
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,241
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

No nothing like that. They kind a look like these in shape only but the ones I’m thinking of are metal and there are serrations on the outside of the bent area and when you squeeze the handle the jaws move apart. This will get the outlet round from the inside out.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 03A0884D-F3B4-439D-9934-8FF3EBE7345F.jpg (4.9 KB, 27 views)
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 04:13 AM   #7
deuce lover
Senior Member
 
deuce lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern France
Posts: 3,039
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Would this tool work?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tail-Exhaus...e/270637622265
deuce lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 04:33 AM   #8
DavidG
Senior Member
 
DavidG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 6,387
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

I use progressively larger wrench sockets.
DavidG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 05:12 AM   #9
Alaska Jim
Senior Member
 
Alaska Jim's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Palmer, Alaska
Posts: 1,270
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Ralph, I have a set of tail-pipe expanders like duce lover showed a link to. they come in several sizes. I have used them on radiators before, and they work fairly well, but you have to watch that you don't "dis-figure the flare " at the mouth of the outlet.
Alaska Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 01:52 PM   #10
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,241
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Yeah I guess I’ll have to use a muffler pipe expander, I just remembered a tool that was a whole lot different when I used to work at a radiator shop as a teenager.
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 02:28 PM   #11
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,289
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Like these?


__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0
petehoovie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 02:37 PM   #12
KiWinUS
Senior Member
 
KiWinUS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Charlotte NC KiWi-L100 available here
Posts: 1,849
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Pete I believe those are battery terminal pliers.
KiWinUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 02:44 PM   #13
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,289
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Quote:
Originally Posted by KiWinUS View Post
Pete I believe those are battery terminal pliers.

Yes, they are...But they kinda match Ralph's description...Just have to find one that opens wider.
__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0

Last edited by petehoovie; 12-09-2019 at 03:35 PM.
petehoovie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 05:09 PM   #14
Viv W
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Harare Zimbabwe
Posts: 109
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

David's idea to use progressively larger sockets does work. I recently did this on a squashed STEEL breather pipe for my Nash and it worked a treat, so with a brass radiator pipe it should work even easier.
I used the socket the wrong way around, fitting a 12 inch extension from the nut/bolt end, to make it easier to hold the socket and also putting the square drive side into the pipe first. Doing it this way around makes it easier as it then has a sort of natural taper going into the pipe. Once you have expanded the pipe as close to the original size, you can then use the socket inside the pipe as a sort of "DOLLY" while you use a small hammer to plenish out any dents IF necessary.
Viv W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2019, 12:58 AM   #15
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,241
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Quote:
Originally Posted by petehoovie View Post
Like these?


Yes, like that!
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2019, 01:47 AM   #16
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,289
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=battery+te...ages&ia=images
__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0
petehoovie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2019, 11:37 AM   #17
Bob C
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: So Cal
Posts: 6,565
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Is this what you want?? http://www.johnsonmfg.com/2015/410.HTM
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 410-53-500.JPG (58.6 KB, 59 views)
Bob C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2019, 01:41 PM   #18
Scotty's 52 F3
Senior Member
 
Scotty's 52 F3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Marana, AZ.
Posts: 273
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Found this slick home built tool to do exactly what the OP needs. https://youtu.be/v5WS7UhR25I
Scotty's 52 F3 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2019, 04:19 PM   #19
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,241
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob C View Post
Thatís it! Iíll take the entire set !
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2019, 03:26 PM   #20
glennpm
Senior Member
 
glennpm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Wiscasset, Maine
Posts: 769
Default Re: Radiator neck pliers?

The Youtube link that Scott posted in message #18 is great. I like the use of the muffler clamp backer. I made this tool to make a "bump" for a trimmed SS radiator pipes using a very old pair of vice grips.

I marked a line around the pipe/tube OD and then made a few passes all the way around, The trick is to make the "roll" a little at a time.

Glenn
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN1204.jpg (38.8 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN1207.jpg (32.7 KB, 31 views)

Last edited by glennpm; 12-12-2019 at 11:18 AM.
glennpm 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 11:44 PM.