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Old 06-01-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default 35 radiator

Can an early style car radiator fit in a car with a later style radiator?
I would think so but wanted to see my options. Correctness is not a factor.
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Old 06-01-2020, 03:58 PM   #2
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Isn't the difference in tank size (and subsequent size of the coil?)and the angle and or location of the inlets on the top tank.....I think the outer measurements are the same.
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Old 06-01-2020, 04:10 PM   #3
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What's "Early" and what's "Late"? When I was a kid, I put a '39 STD radiator in a '36 using flex hoses that ended up looking like question marks.

I'm sure you could probably make something fit. But, as they say on the H.A.M.B.; "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should".
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Old 06-01-2020, 04:42 PM   #4
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Hi Everyone, Joe, I'm getting this from the V-8 Club book by Don Rogers which I always keep within arms reach.

Reference page 107, it describes a large top/tank being replaced in March/April with a B design. Then later on the page it says additional modifications were made to the internals of the B in the June/July timeframe.

The B design required a different radiator support rod that was 3.25 inches longer than the large tank rods and had a different way of attaching, and a different bracket on the firewall.
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Old 06-01-2020, 05:28 PM   #5
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Any of the three styles of 35 radiator will fit into any 35
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Old 06-01-2020, 06:28 PM   #6
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As Don will likely note in the forthcoming update of that book, it wasn't a complete replacement according to the engineering releases and both types of radiators continued to be used through the end of '35 production, with one type assigned to certain cooler climate assembly plants and the other to warmer climate assembly plants, which strongly suggests a difference in the cooling capabilities of the two basic versions (large top tank and small top tank). As noted above they are interchangeable with the correct support rods.
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Great info as usual! Thank you everyone.
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Old 06-02-2020, 05:17 PM   #8
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Here's a copy of the latest 1935 radiator discussion from the 2020 reprinting of the 1935-36 Ford Book. Book should be available by mid 2020.

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Old 06-02-2020, 06:27 PM   #9
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Old 06-03-2020, 03:15 AM   #10
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Here's a copy of the latest 1935 radiator discussion from the 2020 reprinting of the 1935-36 Ford Book. Book should be available by mid 2020.

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Old 06-03-2020, 10:50 PM   #11
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So were there more than two styles of rods to the firewall available, or what do you use with a small tank radiator and the early style of firewall brackets?
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:26 AM   #12
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I’m in the same boat, later radiator, older style rods. I may have to find some aftermarket SS ones and cut to fit.
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Old 06-04-2020, 11:18 AM   #13
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This chart that I made should help you in your look for the correct rod.
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I have proven once again that logic (aided by a faulty memory) does not always lead us to the right conclusion, at least in my case. In my offering (#6) above I implied that the large top tank radiator with its larger capacity continued to be used in the U.S. assembly plants providing vehicles to dealers in warmer climates and the small top tank radiator was used in U.S. assembly plants providing vehicles to dealers in cooler climates.

I ran across my notes from the engineering releases today and the exact opposite was the case. The small top tank radiator, 48-8005-B, was released for production on 5-2-35 for the following assembly plants: Long Beach, Dallas, Louisville, Memphis, Norfolk, Richmond (CA, except for vehicles destined for the Seattle District) and St. Louis (except for vehicles destined for the Des Moines District). It was manufactured by Modine, McCord, and Ford.

The large top tank radiator, 48-8005-A1 and A2, was released for production on 9-12-34. A revised release dated 5-2-35 added the A suffix to the part number and indicated that it was "for mild climates" and was henceforth to be used for production at the following assembly plants: Chicago, Twin Cities, Kansas City, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Chester, Edgewater, Somerville, Dearborn, Richmond (for vehicles destined for the Seattle District) and St. Louis (for vehicles destined for the Des Moines District). It was manufactured by McCord and Ford.

No doubt the above is way more information than most folks are interested in, but since I erred, I wanted to give the correct full story.
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David

Your knowledge and ability to resource the information is beyond amazing. I only wish........ I am still in awe!!!
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