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Old 09-09-2016, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Dam radiator went out

So I am crushing down the road and the dam metal line that goes off the back of it decides to break off. It shoots fluid everywhere big old white smoke. Someone even called the fire department thinking it was on fire. The question is can it get get fixed or do I need to by a new radiator?
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Old 09-09-2016, 03:30 PM   #2
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Which metal line???
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If you mean the overflow tube, it can be soldered back in place. If you mean the neck on the upper tank where the upper hose fits, that, too, can be soldered back. But make sure you take the radiator to a sympathetic shop that understands how to do this. The lousy radiator shops staffed by Gen-x losers will just try to sell you a re-core or a whole new radiator. THAT'S where they make their big bucks, not from re-soldering.
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A picture of metal line you are referring to please. Wayne
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If you mean the overflow tube, it can be soldered back in place. If you mean the neck on the upper tank where the upper hose fits, that, too, can be soldered back. But make sure you take the radiator to a sympathetic shop that understands how to do this. The lousy radiator shops staffed by Gen-x losers will just try to sell you a re-core or a whole new radiator. THAT'S where they make their big bucks, not from re-soldering.
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:17 PM   #6
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Yeah it's the overflow tube. When there was nothing but white smoke pouring out I couldn't really tell where the leak was. Now here's the question why does it over heat so bad then. I noticed it when I parked it was coming out of the same tube below lol before it broke.
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:23 PM   #7
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Plugged radiator tubes. Do some searches on cleaning out rust and grease
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If that overflow pipe had a crack or rust hold on the part inside the upper tank, then it could have been draining off coolant until the block overheated. It is a relatively easy fix to solder a new tube in place. Hopefully you don't have a lot of plugged radiator tubes.
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:14 PM   #9
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Easy Now Grandpa!!!
That's my Generation and I've soldered and overflow back on.

Don't get your diaper in a bunch and it is obvious that you are an outsider to the Gen Xs.

Be careful about which generation you identify with.
I was in the 50's and 60's and actually remember part of it.
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Well I called Bert's and told him what's going on and I already tried unplugging the radiator a few times and it's not working. So I ordered a new one. It needs it anyways.
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How fast is " crushing " ? Wayne
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:27 PM   #12
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Good move::the last thing ya want to do is keep cooking the motor
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:32 PM   #13
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or coking the motor
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:32 PM   #14
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Yeah I saw the pipe were the drain is and there was a leaf and other debris in there really bad do not know that even got in there. Maybe something my grandfather forgot to do something don't know but its cleaned out now.
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How fast were you driving Wayne
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Afraid to comment...I'm a Gen X (1966). Mine broke or rusted off, I took the radiator to a radiator shop run by someone much older than me. In the end, I should have gone somewhere else or fixed it myself!

Have it repaired, but get the radiator cleaned out while its apart!
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Afraid to comment...I'm a Gen X (1966). Mine broke or rusted off, I took the radiator to a radiator shop run by someone much older than me. In the end, I should have gone somewhere else or fixed it myself!

Have it repaired, but get the radiator cleaned out while its apart!
About 25 years ago I removed the tank on one of my Studebaker radiators and cleaned the tubes and straightened the fins. It took some time, but wasn't too bad a job. I kept a blow gun in one hand and a small flame in the other. Heat the solder and blow it away. Just keep going around until it's all blown away, then lift off the tank and start cleaning.
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easy now grandpa!!!:d:d
that's my generation and i've soldered and overflow back on.
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Don't get your diaper in a bunch and it is obvious that you are an outsider to the Gen Xs.

Be careful about which generation you identify with.
I was in the 50's and 60's and actually remember part of it.
Diaper in a bunch...
I usually just tell people I look good for 80
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:04 AM   #20
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"So I ordered a new one. It needs it anyways."

Time to celebrate ......... so many people are never fortunate enough to discover life's agonizing problems ....... nothing like a happy ending to one's struggles.

Cost? So what, just paper money vs. enjoying riding in a "cool" Model A.
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