I started first thing Monday morning after the 3 car show weekend by removing hood and sides, grill, and the old radiator. While planning just how to mount the new one the frame cross member was cleaned and sanded and repainted. The core support is one inch square tube and new angle iron brackets were worked up and welded on. The radiator came with threaded inserts in the outer flange and bolts will go through the angle bracket into the threads with a rubber cushion between. In keeping with the plan to not have anything mounted through the radiator pieces of .125x1'' stock were mounted and welded on the front side to hold the electric fan. On the inside the bolts for the flange were also used to hold 12 gauge sheet metal brackets to mount the fan shroud around the engine fan. While everything was off and the block was drained I followed advice and drilled two .125'' holes in the thermostat to release trapped air when refilling. Next the core support was mounted and the hoses reattached and new antifreeze was added. No leaks so far. I took the opportunity to redo the grill mount tabs to clean up the top side where it is visible with the hood open and painted it black like the core support and radiator. Of course when it was remounted nothing lined up again. Everything on the front end mounts on the core support so any change can cause trouble but finally it all went back together. A test drive to the twentieth of this summer's car shows went well. It ran a little hot but no leaks, a little overflow but I have yet to mount the catch can and I added more coolant before the trip home. So far, so good.
The third car event was just across town and didn't even make it necessary to buy the third tank of gas. Just shy of ninety entries came in to enjoy the beautiful day. Not only wee they able to appreciate the weather and the many fist class cars and trucks but they were also entertained by two young Blues Brothers and an Elvis. There were on two faults for the day, still had to clean up the coolant blow by and the home made ice cream sold out early, but still in all a good day.
Now to start the radiator replacement, clean and fix the damage caused by the coolant and maybe do some other fixes while the hot rod is down. Hopefully all will be done for a show next weekend.
The next day the trip was right back where yesterday's cruise started for another July 4th (on the 5th) celebration car show. Lots of excellent machines came in from all around the area. The weather was still holding at very pleasant and participants and spectators alike had a great day. My first job at all of these shows is to clean up all the coolant spray on my hot rod, really tired of this. My new copper radiator has arrived and replacement will start first thing Monday morning.
For the first show of the 4th of July weekend I drove an hour north and joined three members of the club that was to host tomorrow's show. We all then went another hour up the road to a small town's July 4th celebration. The car show part lined both sides of the street clear through town. The close to 100 cars included something for everyone, even cars from the near by fabricators who brought out two GoodGuys top award winners. It's always fun for me to be able to cruise with a group of rodders, especially when they suggest stopping for milkshakes on the way back. I am going to need to put up with the spray from the leaking radiator to go to these shows, just keep wiping it all down.
The second show of the weekend was fifty miles from home in the opposite direction from the first.We accidently met up with friends on the road to the river bridge and cruised on over to the show. The local Indiana club holds this show around the town square and filled it with over one hundred entries. Excellent cars and trucks of all eras showing off in fine weather and appreciated by everyone.
Some where on the road to the last show my new aluminum radiator started to leak. Antifreeze is blowing out around the zip ties that hold the shroud. I have since learned that you should never use these (supplied with the shroud) on this type of radiator as they saw through the soft metal. Sixteen thousand miles and I'm now going to the third cooler....but NOT an aluminum radiator ever again. Just took delivery of a new copper cooler which I hope to install after this weekend's (July 4th) three shows.