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Old 11-05-2009, 02:26 PM   #21
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Default Re: Radiator surge tanks, what?

Heres a link to a thread I started on the topic some time back... more info and pix here

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=385354

My question is...Are the FE and sbf tanks the same?
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:41 PM   #22
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Look at all that room behind the engine! Yeesh, that's just begging for engine set back or what!
no, that would make the trans tunnel to big for a nice roomy personal luxury car. at least that's my guess whey they had it sit so far forward. The cockpit was small, moving the engine back would make it too small

wasn't the early 60s about the time that Ford went to cross flow radiators? might explain why they used the tank
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:58 PM   #23
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PThhttth, screw stock luxury car crap. Hotrod that thing!
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:22 PM   #24
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wasn't the early 60s about the time that Ford went to cross flow radiators? might explain why they used the tank

I did a quick search of different year Tbirds and '58 was the first year of the cross-flow radiator.
I also looked at '58 Fords(Fairlane,Galaxie) and the radiator in those is a "down flow" style.

It looks like '61 is the first year of the "flat top" surge tank for Tbirds,'58-'60 has the "round top" style.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:56 PM   #25
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PThhttth, screw stock luxury car crap. Hotrod that thing!
Well, the box of Rochesters and the 3x2 showed up today, but that's another thread I was curious about the surge tanks because I might be able to pick up an old Dove tank. It looks neat, but I was curious as to the actual function.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:56 PM   #26
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Default Re: Radiator surge tanks, what?

Cool bit then, get the drift of the function through the chatter?
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:26 PM   #27
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Default Re: Radiator surge tanks, what?

I think I got it. Only question left, I see there is still a spot for a vent hose under the cap. Does that go to a catch can? Dump it on the ground? Does it matter (aside from environmental implications?)
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:11 PM   #28
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Default Re: Radiator surge tanks, what?

If you don't connect it to a catch can, then don't fill the tank all the way full. If you do connect it to a catch can, then you can fill it full. Just pretend that the surge tank is actually the top radiator tank, treat it the same.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:38 PM   #29
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Default Re: Radiator surge tanks, what?

Seeing how this topic came up and you guys seem to know a thing or too about them.Can you help me identify the one in this picture?I need one for my resto.Sorry for the crap photo.
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:21 PM   #30
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well said steve!!

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Old 11-06-2009, 07:26 AM   #31
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Tommy: I don't know why Ford used them but it is a styling cue that I wanted to use from the early 60s.

There was an FE style tank on my six cylinder 62 Ford wagon.

I had the impression it was there to accomodate the low hood.

Especially where the hood started to roll back from near vertical to horizontal and was very close to the radiator top tank.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:30 AM   #32
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What mystifies me a bit is that it seems like it would keep the vapor in the system, albeit sequestered in the body of the surge tank. Wouldn't that still prevent the coolant from properly pressurizing?

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No.

If you have say, 15# on the system, any air present will compress to the 15# level.

An air lock or air present in the cooling jackets is not good, but a little in the upper tank or surge tank is ok.

If you have a recovery tank it will purge the air after a couple of thermal cycles.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:39 AM   #33
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Default Re: Radiator surge tanks, what?

Many of the newer GM's have a bleed screw in the thermostat housing.
Should be easy to drill and thread a hole and add a plug.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:46 AM   #34
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....wasn't the early 60s about the time that Ford went to cross flow radiators? might explain why they used the tank
Bingo! It was that and the lower hood profile Ford was going with at the time. I've seen a few guys remove them in the past (for no good reason) and wonder why the headers glowed red and it overheated like a bastard.

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