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Technical A more attractive overflow bottle?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by menacekustoms, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. As you might have seen, I recently acquired a very nice 1934 Ford 5-Window. I've been going through it, adjusting, cleaning, polishing and driving the thing. So far, it runs much better and it's looking much better. There is one eyesore though, the overflow bottle. The bracket and bottle that are on the car are ugly and out of place. It blocks the view from one whole side of the engine. There's not a lot of space under there, and I would like something that is "period possible" not some fancy billet aluminum piece that will stick out like a sore thumb. Any suggestions?

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    I really just want a more sanitary engine bay. You gotta show of the Flathead! Thanks HAMBers!
  2. Oh Yeah, That would have to go. Have you tried getting by without an overflow bottle at all? I don't have one on either of my hot-rods. There might be an occasional spit out the overflow tube that I just have running down the side of the radiator, nothing substantial though.
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  3. No, I just got the car last weekend, and I just got it running right today, so I haven't tried running with out it. It is ugly though isn't it?
  4. AZbent
    Joined: Nov 26, 2011
    Posts: 266


    That engine compartment is busy. Wires going all over the place. If you really need an overflow container, and you can't find something suitable, just buy one of the billet overflows and paint it black. That way it will not stand out like the proverbial sore thumb.
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  5. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,683

    Bruce Lancaster
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    See if you need it. If all is well, an unpressurized system like '34 Ford will, when first filled, spit out some water via overflow tube as it warms up. As it cools down after use, the result is or should be water above radiator core but below full to the brim. This will be stable, and if topped off again will simply recur. If yours behaves thus, ain't no need for the bottle. If it continues to go down in use something is wrong. Give it a try.
    I remember when they sold those bottles and brackets in the proto-Kmart type stores in the early '70's...
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  6. AZbent, yes it is. Wiring is my pet peeve so it's driving me nuts. I wanted to get it running right before I started messing with it though.

    Bruce, I'll try just taking it off and see what happens. I don't know that it needs it, I haven't driven it enough. It doesn't seem to run too warm though, so I should be ok.

    Thanks for the quick replies guys.

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  7. Cword
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 733


    Pyrene fire extunguisher? Vintage Sealer (canning jar, give the ladies something to point out)?
  8. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,746

    from wareham,ma

    A beer can nestled down by the lower side of the radiator with a hose going to was said once they burp out to a level it likes it should be fine.And yes that jug is so wrong .
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  9. ol-nobull
    Joined: Oct 16, 2013
    Posts: 1,335


    Hi. many of the early aftermarket ones were nothing more than heavy glass quart canning jars with screw on lids that had 2 holes for inlet & overflow hoses drilled in the lids. They had a bracket to mount them either to the inner fender or to the front on either side betwee the radiator & inner fender.
    I found an original Chevy tank for my 46 coupe that is a painted metal canister that I will installin a couple of weeks to the right or the front between the rediator & inner fender.
    Possibly you could make one out of hot water rated 3" pvc pipe & glue a cap on each end & drill the holes and insert metal tubing in top for overflo & stick in the hose from the radiator. You could paint to match inner fender color & not stand out. If you want something to show use 3" hard drawn copper tubing & solder on end caps & polish.

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    I really just want a more sanitary engine bay. You gotta show of the Flathead! Thanks HAMBers![/QUOTE]

  10. DSCN5564 small.jpg This is what I'm using. 1938 Rainier beer can in my 38 Chevy coupe
  11. Boolajosh
    Joined: Jan 29, 2012
    Posts: 77

    from Monrovia

    I used a pyrene fire extinguisher.. it came out great, and gets plenty of attention. This is the only picture I have on my phone right now

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  12. flatblackdave
    Joined: May 17, 2005
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  13. sdroadster
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 259


    WW2 canteen looks good. Lots of them on Ebay.
  14. mike in tucson
    Joined: Aug 11, 2005
    Posts: 485

    mike in tucson
    from Tucson

    BrassWorks makes a really thin overflow tank intended to be mounted beside the radiator inside the grille shell...fits 32 thru 34. However, it needs a drain with a valve to be added
  15. A vintage aluminum canteen makes a cool looking overflow tank,heck a beer bottle would be a huge improvement on what you have now. HRP
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  16. Man, there's a lot of good ideas here. Canning jar would look appropriate I think.

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  17. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 814

    from SoCal

  18. A Marvel Mystery oil can would add a nice vintage look. HRP

  19. GeezersP15
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 542

    from N.E. PA

    How about an old Jack Daniels bottle?:D
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  20. i use a malibu rum bottle... perfect for a vintage malibu!!
  21. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    the can can be mounted anywhere as its a siphon controlled by the radiator , they took the a bottle mount on my Pontiac and put a mason jar in its place with a pipe thru the lid that went to the bottom on one side from the radiator and it had a hole with a j shaped brass pipe soldered on the other side to vent .and it was set down low so it was out of the way . and this wasn't a recent set up by the corrosion it had on it .
  22. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,446


    1946 spun aluminum smoothie maker.
  23. Now that is pure class! HRP
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  24. Rex_A_Lott
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 993


    Maybe an old metal brake fluid can. I like the copper pipe with soldered on cap idea too. Nothing plastic, at all. Voltage regulator body color too, or Ford green to match the engine. Nice Car! Good Luck!
  25. Yeah, the voltage regulator bugs me too. This is the downside of the HAMB, too many good ideas, lol!

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  26. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,595

    Member Triangular windshield washer bottle and bracket, peel the label off if it bothers you. Would have been an easy pick in the junkyard and period correct. Trico made a bunch of them too if the GM part is offensive.
  27. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,615

    rusty rocket

    Speedway sells stainless steel catch cans for cheep. I have one on each of my cars.
  28. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 912


    I have a Ford script anti freeze can I'm saving for mine
  29. I used a 1947 military canteen I bought at a rummage sale for a dollar.
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  30. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 25,342


    There is a huge thread on here with tons of ideas.

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