In late 1926 Ford replaced the original five tube with a three row staggered layout tube core. Some have called this a "northern states" radiator. Tubes were offset to allow better tube access to air flow. While Ford engineers claimed an improvement, many speculate that the decision was based on cost containment.
There were numerous complaints from branches, dealers and customers of overheating and there was a corresponding increase in the number of accessory water pumps sold to combat the overheating. Additionally, the three row core was lighter, and lacked the structural crossbar running through the core.Added stresses on the radiator resulted in tubes separating from headers.
In February Ford engineers responded to the consumer complaints with a 1” longer fan hub (part no3962C) and a change in the fan blade’s pitch.This brought the fan closer to the radiator.By November of 1926 the three row core T-8736-G and flat tube type T-8736-F were obsolete and they switched to a four tube core design T-8736-H.
This experimental design did not work very well in 1926 and, with the way cars are driven today, it likely won’t work as well now either.The Brassworks will still manufacture a thinner core radiator with or without the bar should a customer want one.If you find yourself with a core depth or fan/core interference a simple solution is to purchase the standard length fan hub (part no3962BBN) which is now made with sealed ball bearings.
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
No bar runs through lower part of core for support
A flat tube core measuring 2" deep or a 3 row staggered round tube is available.
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 - different shape based on images
Cast red brass rod support to prevent - length to be provided
cast hood hinge holder
Internal baffle in top tank to prevent cooling loss
Tube style upper hose to match images of the original
Polished nickel plated filler neck (Brass and Chrome available upon request)
Painted flat black to aid in heat exchange
Made in the USA with 100% North American sourced parts and materials (yes, even the lead)