1917-1923 1/2 Model T Radiator "low" style round tube
17-23RT LOW "T" Radiator
This radiator is intended as a drop in replacement for the 1917-1923 1/2 Ford Model T and TT. It is called the "low style", short style because its core measures 17" . It is set-up for the OE engine in its production year. There are core options available based on usage and budget.
The round tube is the OE design and cools better due to (1) being clean of scale sediment and oil, (2) tube wall thickness and (3) copper not brass construction. It is a more authentic looking radiator
If you are building a speedster or a car that will be used in parades on 100-degree days, we recommend our more efficient flat-tube core. The elongated "flat" tube core design has 2.93xs the surface area of the OE tube shape which helps drop the engine temperature.
Ford did not produce honeycomb radiators for the Model Ts but Corcoran Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati produced the Peerless style as an aftermarket product for the Ford Model Ts. If you like the look and want a functioning Honeycomb Radiator for your brass Model T please call us directly to order this unique design. Call for details
OE caps were die stamped with roll formed threads. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the fitment of 100 year old caps. Aftermarket caps are test fit and available for purchase.
Some Images reflect past builds to assist with visualization of modifications e.g. polished brass, 6v fans etc
If you have modified or altered your vehicle in anyway, please order from the bespoke radiator section. If you wish to restore your OE radiator using your OE tanks, brackets and/or castings please visit the restoration section of our website to begin the process.
Made in the USA
3/4" seamless weld tubes in a staggered array to disrupt airflow laterally
Tubes have 2.93 times the internal surface area of Ford's original design
Galvanized steel bar runs through lower part of core for support
Die stamped three piece brass top tanks with model correct die stampings
Drawn brass bottom tanks with relief for crank guide
Galvanized steel sidewalls to resist rust
Cast red brass rod support to prevent rust
Internal baffle in top tank to prevent cooling loss
Properly offset cast red brass inlet
Polished nickel plated filler neck (Brass and Chrome available upon request)
Cast stay rod guide and hinge holder
Painted flat black to aid in heat exchange
Made in the USA with 100% North American sourced parts and materials (yes, even the lead)
We make to order. Please allow adequate time for us to build.
Guesstimated build times (updated Jan.1st)
1909-1934 Ford Radiators and most heater cores are ~18-20 weeks
Other radiators, radiator restorations, custom radiators and fuel tanks are ~24-26 weeks
Please read the terms and condition regarding cancelled order fees.