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Technical Post some pics of your radiator overflow bottles for 30s hotrod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Choppedcoupe, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Choppedcoupe
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    Building a "traditional" model A on 32 rails with 32 grill (see avatar/profile photo) with a sbc. I hope to take it to the drag strip regularly, so, I need a radiator overflow bottle. I may run a hood from time to time, so it needs to fit under a hood side panel. I'd like one that is interesting and cool!

    Please post photos of your radiator overflow bottle ideas?
     
  2. dana barlow
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    1. Y-blocks

    Depending on rules at your drag strip !.
    All the indoor car shows in the early 1960s,over flow water can was mandatory ,along with a drip pan under engine after you were set up in place for show. South Florida.
    I've used a few things,for my own rods an help my son too. On my 28A I use a stainless steel lunchbox Thermos.
    My son Lance's 23T ,
    use of a alum beer bottle{a blue one ,it's a match to rods body color.

    For a short time in the early 60s used a alum Army Canteen/highly polished,that I gave to a buddy that thought he had to have it.

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  3. Retrorod
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    My '35 Ford overflow made from a Vodka bottle (aluminum). It's been on the car since 2002, only 50,000 miles...works good. overflow.JPG
     
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  4. L7
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    I've seen some neat ones. old fire extinguishers etc.
    I did a quick search and didn't find what I was looking for but, ran across a neat one @Robert J. Palmer made from an old metal oil filter canister.
     

  5. Automotive Stud
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    Hose onto the ground, it's more traditional that way.
     
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    Going on a '30 sportster,
    got the thermos [no glass] for xmas,
    just bought a OHV 4cyl. so future engine bay pix probably won't happen...
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  10. Bandit Billy
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    Nice idea Dana on the thermos.
    All my cars get one and I use them as recovery not just overfill. Also love the vodka bottle idea.
     
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  11. Bandit Billy
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    Mine. Store bought (sorry) OTB Gear, mounted to the fan shroud and connected from the bottom via a polished SS line that you can see running up alongside the bottle. Ribbed for her pleasure.
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  12. I always thought a beer can was cool...……….before I was old enough to buy it.
     
  13. I made this one out of some exhaust tubing and some iron plumbing fittings. It was for a survivor hot rod and I took my cues from the lakes plugs already on the car. I ended up welding a bracket and bolting it to the rad support but I seem to only have pics with the temporary zip ties in place. The clear thing was also replaced with black .

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  14. Mr48chev
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    The metal Canteen on the T in post 7 is close to what a lot of guys used on their drag cars when they started requiring puke cans. I'm not a fan of glass bottles used for that although a Liquor bottle seemed to be popular in some circles years ago.
    Those stainless/aluminum water bottles are in just about every yard sale for under a buck most of the time and some of them are pretty good size. Not hard to give a brushed finish to or just paint the same color as the surroundings so they fade into the background and don't bring attention to themselves.
     
  15. Mr48chev
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    That one Cactus1 did sure looks spot on cool. A piece of exhaust pipe and a couple of freeze plugs the right size might work quite well too.
     
  16. This is what I did in my buddy's '42 Willys pickup.

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  17. How about this?
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  18. The Shift Wizard
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    Antique, brass fire extinguisher gutted and plumbed for reserve and overflow, plus dipstick.

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  19. Jalopy Joker
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    many shown canisters do not appear to have overflow tube from it when it gets full - some don't see way to see how full canister is, and are pretty small - guess most keep coolant low enough in radiator that if coolant ever expands it will not push much, if any out
     
  20. Blues4U
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  21. My Dad's idea. The mount is a 4" exhaust clamp.

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  22. ghalperin
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    That’s what I had on my ‘31.
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  23. Blue One
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    OTB gear, ordered in pieces as a raw casting and shortened for the reduced height of my 26 T RPU radiator. :cool:
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    The drag strip will want a closed container of at least 16 ounces. They may let you by with an open container, but will probably tell you to do better next time.
     
  26. My setup on a couple of cars, easy to drain 20160807_212502_zpsz9j1iqmp.jpg 20160807_212418_zps79hdqdfq.jpg
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  27. rustydusty
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    My car had an ugly plastic "schnapps" bottle, that I replaced with an aluminum water bottle... 20190604_155025.jpg 0321191517.jpg
     
  28. Bursonaw
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  29. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    Mine. Made from a piece of Corvette drive shaft.

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  30. esrbuilders
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    Brass fire extinguisher for my roadster DSCF1240.JPG
     
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