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1954 century sedan. GA to NC

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Just now, Beemon said:

Patience and time. Might be better at this time to put a rubber hose and add an expansion tank so you're not puking coolant on a hot day. 

Definitely going the expansion tank route, but need a little more tube to clamp the rubber hose to.  Or drill it out and install a nipple.

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Drill and tap will probably be the best bet IMO. the only issue is cap interference. As far as soldering goes, you need to get all the way around so it may get a bit tricky at the bottom, but I thought under the drain tube at the neck was a smaller tube almost like a nipple?

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Are you planning to have it boiled out and checked for leaks before assembly?  If so, I'm sure the shop would be willing to attaché a new nipple or tube to work off of.  If not, I would tap in a splice, since there is no pressure at this location other than that created by the hot coolant if it overflows.

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8 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

Are you planning to have it boiled out and checked for leaks before assembly?  If so, I'm sure the shop would be willing to attaché a new nipple or tube to work off of.  If not, I would tap in a splice, since there is no pressure at this location other than that created by the hot coolant if it overflows.

No plans for service as the radiator came with a good leak and flow test.   Also I need to thank Greg (2carb40), Ken (kgreen), and a few people not in the Buick community for helping get this radiator to me with no damage and no extra costs!!!

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Heater control valve arrived today (thanks willie) and horn button parts arrived from Buick Gardens over the weekend.  Now if i can manage to not break anything else, all I need is tires! Unfortunately until next tax returns,  she's getting used black walls from down the street.  Next yea I'll work on white wall tires!

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Also got my print copies of the Bugle fearuring the barn find thanks to Pete Phillips!

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Matt, nothing wrong with black walls if the car gets you cruising down the street! I agree you might want to take it to a rad shop and at least see what they say about the pipe. 

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On 8/1/2017 at 5:41 PM, wndsofchng06 said:

Ha ha ha radio shack.... last one in NC shut down last year....   I miss them.  Anyhow, I'll try the nylon washer.  Good news is my radiator arrived.  Any tips for soldering on the new overflow tube???

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Hi Matt

              Use a lot of soldering paste to clean and "tin" the metal and put your original tube from the other radiator on by "sweat" soldering it. If you haven't done it B4 it might be best to take tube and radiator to rad repair shop to solder it on. That should be a ten minute job 4 them imho.

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Thanks.  I've sweat lots of plumbing under the house,  so I'll give it a shot.

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What type and size tubing are you using? If I recall, the tube radius doesn't tightly follow the contour of the radiator where it turns to go down the side of the radiator but rather stands off a bit. I can provide a picture of what I'm talkin about if needed. 

 

edit) nevermind, I see from reading above that you have the tube from another radiator so it should have that bend I am speaking of. Depending on how much of the original tube you can leave on  your new one will tell how well the old one will fit up to it. Hopefully an inch or so? 

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8 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

What type and size tubing are you using? If I recall, the tube radius doesn't tightly follow the contour of the radiator where it turns to go down the side of the radiator but rather stands off a bit. I can provide a picture of what I'm talkin about if needed. 

I'll copy my other radiator (the unrepairable leaker).  I'm not going all the way down though, just far enough to hide a rubber line to an expansion tank.

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Looks like I was editing while you were replying. Expansion tank? What for? 

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To catch the coolant.  I'm not a fan of dumping it right on the ground on hot days.

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3 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

To catch the coolant.  I'm not a fan of dumping it right on the ground on hot days.

You won't have much to catch if you watch the fill level, have a good radiator cap (13# like the the AC cars) and good functioning radiator.:o

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4 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

To catch the coolant.  I'm not a fan of dumping it right on the ground on hot days.

 

 

What will happen  or maybe not depending on how full the radiator is...it will find it's happy spot and not overflow.  My 54 overflowed once after filling to the brim.  Once the excess fluid was belched out(happened when I stopped and shut it down)  it never did it again.  The fluid level found it's happy place.  Never belched again.      

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33 minutes ago, Fr. Buick said:

Glad to see you putting that bumper to good use...

I assume you made it back safe.  Great meeting you!  Thanks for bringing the bumper east.

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That radiator overflow tube is looking good! How did you go about the underside? 

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 I9turned it on its side, heated it up and let solder flow in.  We'll  see.  Put the radiator in today,  didn't realize the 55 and 54 radiator were so different!  Anyhow,  also changed out the Ranco valve. 

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Glad you got this car.  Now your efforts will really pay dividends in fun quickly!  Must be like a spa day for these cars when they finally get tended to after so many years. 

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Sorry my photos are crap.  My phone is falling apart and I'm too cheap to buy a new one. 

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Does anyone know what I need to hold the "century " scripts on the side?   I've ordered 3 different things and none are correct.

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