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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by carcrazyjohn, Sep 14, 2010.
Need some overflow bottle ideas for my roadster .Post pics please ,
An empty vintage bottle of this stuff....
Maybe a PBR can? That's never been done before right??
That's really tough. Is it going to visible, or under your hood? These have never been one of Detroit's design strengths,so there just aren't any cool NOS ones. I think most of the a-traditional ones I have seen-canteens, beercans,mortar shells, oilcans,etc look pretty rat-roddy-but that's just my opnion, and what the hell do I know? You can see mine on my Model A,so I chose one of the "traditional" polished aluminum cylinders. Not very original, but it doesn't detract from the overall look of the car. I will be interested to see what you choose.
I am using a vintage brass fire extinguisher on my model A . Hoping it dosen't give a R-R- look to it . Will edit my post with a pic when I get home from work ( is 1pm here at present)
Edit , here's a pic of one the same as what I am using. Couple straps and it tucks in beside the grill shell nice and neatly.
That's the same as HomemadeHardtop had on his green roadster (just sold it) - looks pretty cool .
Looking for great ideas and where to purchase a unique item or build No bottles ,I might be able to hide Im not sure yet in the process of mounting shell and fanshroud now along with trans cooler ,Open hood car ,Need some ideas .dont want the rat r d look .So far the extinguisher is a possibility
embalming (sp?) fluid glass bottles are always cool.
he said he doesn't want a bottle...I would look into a vintage can that suits your dimensional requirements. eRape has a sh!tload of vintage cans from every conceivable product and you can often find them for under $30 in good shape.
Then, you get the can, punch an appropriate hole in the cap for the overflow line and add a vent hole on the top of the can somewhere.
Down the road you go. ...my $0.02.
Here's mine. It's a piece of aluminum conduit with ends I made welded in and then finished in the lathe. Painted black so it isn't too street roddy.
I assume everybody has a shut valve on the outlet of the overflow bottle..?
A few years ago I made a kind of slick
looking overflow can for a buddy's drag
car using an old aluminum army canteen.
I mounted the canteen 'upside-down' so
that 'cap end' faced down. Being aluminum,
the canteen could be tig-welded, so I made
a mounting bracket for it out of piece of
scrap 3/16 aluminum plate welded to the
side of the canteen. To connect it to the
rad, I drilled a hole into the "top" (of the
now upside-down) canteen and welded in
a small (dash-2 or dash-3), aluminum
'90-degree' AN fitting that connected to a
similar-sized AN 'straight' fitting that I
expoxied into the brass radiator neck and
connected with a length of braided line.
I used a mountain dew bottle in my chevelle once, and a 32 oz monster can in my daily.
there is a post on here somewhere that shows an old cannister type oil filter used as a coolant overflow tank, looked great.
What about a motorcycle oil tank? There's a lot of different designs but I always liked these back in my chopper days.
Its a bit dirty nowdays, but...
I may get flamed for it, but I think this is kinda cool. It might be a little too big
I just use an old 50's 32 oz glass soda bottle and made a simple little metal bracket to hold it. Since it is glass, it is easy to see how full it is and then when I want, I just pull the hose out of the top pull the bottle out and dump it back in the radiator and replace, very easy and simple.
Drawn aluminium hair spray can works for me.
i uses an old all metal castrol motor oil quart can as an over flow i have another on if you want one
This a "street rod" style aluminum overflow with a twist, our local powdercoat guy, Wes at Supeior Powder Coat, has a coating that looks like copper and it looks old timey and matches my underhood metallic colors. Just an idea that could be coated in other colors or textures and hard to deny the easy mounting of these units.
Dr. Pepper bottle
Hey....very nice looking shroud on that
rad too! Very slick!
the non r.r. approach
gas tank from a back pack vintage gas powered leaf blower its a tall curved tank kinda like that big flask shown
check some bigger mowers or tractor tanks too
use the resivior from a late fifties ford 58-60
vettes used em too .. as the radiator was lower than the resv. tank cap
all metal thermos new -vintage plaid
old turpintine can or simular
modern over flow tank tightly wrapped with canvas,leather ,old cycle inner tube.. its done just modern ugly
glass rolling pin.. see gramma's kitchen
old bicycle pump brass -painted
old insect sprayer
home made out of any type of tubing brass , square , aviation strut.. go to the scrap pile or recycling
dont forget the right cap ifn you are doing a closed system
If you have a coolant recovery system the overflow can works great. If you don't have a coolant recovery system the shutoff valve on the can will allow you to dump the extra coolant where you chose.
There was a large thread on this a couple years ago, search "puke tank", overflow....
What GUITAR MAN said. I used a poly oil tank from a Suzuki Moped Fit like Factory. painted it black...blends right in with the frame, etc. Opening for the tube is right at the bottom. Unless you're looking for it, it's hardly noticeable...
My '31 use a polished "Asahi" beer can. My '51 has a front mounted "Moon" tank which I use as an overflow.
i still havent delt with this issue..
i want to hide mine..possibly under the radiator..i got some room , its just finding a small tank that will fit.
i hate looking at them..they are so ugly
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