Ford never made a pressurized Model A radiator but our customers frequently request it. Sometimes they have overdrives, high compression heads, down draft carburetors or other modifications or they just drive faster than the average top speed of a Model A in its production year e.g. about 35mph.
Why use a pressurized system? Water at sea level boils at 223 degress Farenheit and for every pound of pressure, you raise the boiling point of water by 3 degrees. With our recommended 4psi cap and with a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol it will boil at 235 degrees. Its unlikely that a Model A engine would ever see these temperatures but it is not uncommon for drivers to lose fluid at higher rpms. Even with the internal baffle fluid will find a way out and fluid levels become one more thing to manage on your Model A.
Using an elbow and keeping the neck and cap below the hood line your original Model A will look authentic from the outside and keep the engine cool inside. Whether in a slow moving parade, creeping up a long uphill grade or touring at higher speeds or racing in the regional hill climb or local time trial a pressurized system will provide you with peace of mind.
Features of the 1928-1929 Model A car and car based pick-up radiators set-up for pressure include:
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.
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