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need help with a 39 ford radiator

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flatheadfever, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. I have a 39 ford standard coupe and trying to figure what fits as far as the radiator is concerned. I probably be running a 283 when the time comes. There are lots of listings for 39 deluxe rads but not so much for the Standards. Are they that different that they do not fit?
    I still have the original rad for the flathead.
    I would love to be able to afford a Walker but a cheaper aluminum is more likely.
  2. I'm sure someone who knows more than I do will be along to give you a definitive answer. I've only owned a couple of early Fords, but if I remember correctly, isn't 39 Standard the same as a 38 Deluxe?
  3. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,078


    If you still have the original radiator, why not just take it to a radiator shop and have the neck's modified to fit whatever motor you end up with?
  4. JimSwann
    Joined: Jul 4, 2007
    Posts: 399


    I used the OG radiator in my 35 Ford pickup for years, it cooled fine but got hot in traffic. Just ordered a Brassworks radiator for the 35, should have it in 2 weeks or so. Brassworks was $100.00 cheaper than Walker, I think Brassworks also makes a better product. I bought a new Walker for the 35 but it was a total POS, so back it went.
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  5. George/Maine
    Joined: Jan 6, 2011
    Posts: 949


    I have seen a guy use a s10 raditior tiped on end.Block off 2 and use orginal if any good.I bought a walker for my 39 St and was $750 But I have no more over heating problems.
  6. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    I drove my 36 sedan to Memphis in 1980 running a 283 and the original 36 radiator and a mechanical fan. It was over 100* every day for a week. I was hot but the 283 never skipped a beat. It came with the 2 unused hose nipples just clamped off with rubber caps. Not pretty but effective.


    This was running a 305 Chevy with a 350 trans behind an original 34 radiator. Never a problem. Oh and it ran a mechanical fan also.

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