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Old 03-26-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default Drake 1939 Deluxe-1940 Radiator

I have noticed Drake has in the recent past advertised a new split core radiator for 1940 Fords. Has anyone used one? Has he even made them?
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:39 AM   #2
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We have received many inquiries about the new stock style Radiators. The project has been a demanding one. It may seem peculiar, but modern manufacturing is not always able to reproduce some of Henry Ford's original details and designs. Too much of the original old-style manufacturing know-how has been lost in the past 70 years.

After a heck of a lot of work, research and investment in old-style manufacturing approaches, the Radiators are nearly complete and will be available this Spring. Look for them in late May - early June. We think you are going to like them!

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A much needed part.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:02 AM   #4
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Drake's repo will cost the same as recore an original split core.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:18 AM   #5
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Drake's repo will cost the same as recore an original split core.
I'd recently had three authentic radiators redone. VERY good workmanship. $490 each.
Modene cores were used - one of the original suppliers to Ford in '39 - '40.
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I would be shocked if Drake could sell their radiators for anywhere near $490. My Brassworks 33 radiator was close to a $1,000.

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According to Drake's newsletter the new radiator will be $850 when it is available.
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I'd recently had three authentic radiators redone. VERY good workmanship. $490 each.
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According to Drake's newsletter the new radiator will be $850 when it is available.
That's not a bad price, but still more than the recore price.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:15 AM   #9
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According to Drake's newsletter the new radiator will be $850 when it is available.
If it is as nice as Drake claims the $850 should not be too difficult to swallow should you need a complete radiator.
From a lot of experience with his other "perfect reproductions", I'd want to witness a radiator close up and personal prior to passing judgement on the quality or lack thereof.
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Only time will tell. I have been trying to order a brown fan belt from them for nearly 5 years. Seems as though it was never in stock to start with.

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You want to sell one of these? Jeff 817-988-7653
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Old 11-18-2019, 03:12 PM   #12
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Where is the Drake radiator made? Is the fins per inch count and capacity the same as stock? I would prefer to have one even better than stock.
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Old 11-18-2019, 03:30 PM   #13
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I think you are better off with Brassworks. For $100 more you can get a 4 row with 10 fins per inch.

And you can skip the split design at no extra charge. Made in USA too.

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Old 11-18-2019, 04:50 PM   #14
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Everybody I've known who has bought from Brassworks has been impressed with the quality and service they deliver . . . it is where I'll have my custom 34 radiator done.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:06 PM   #15
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everybody i've known who has bought from brassworks has been impressed with the quality and service they deliver . . . It is where i'll have my custom 34 radiator done.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:23 PM   #16
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This thread is actually over three years old and Sadly I STILL have not made the time to install the NEW drake radiator in my 1940.

I have used brassworks "New" radiators in the past and if you are not doing a point judged show car they are great!
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I have used brassworks "New" radiators in the past and if you are not doing a point judged show car they are great!
What do you lose points for on the Brassworks one?
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Old 11-21-2019, 03:29 PM   #18
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While I can not attest to the 1940's on the earlier radiators they sell the side straps are not original appearing. That could be a different story on the 1940's and maybe they have designed them different since the last time I used them (5 years ago).

I have used a 1932, 1934, and a 1936 radiator from them.
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