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'53 - '54 Radiator Saddle Orientation? (Was: Picture of "radiator balk")

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  • #16
    The tabs face towards the engine and the radiator tilts about 10 degrees forward.

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    • #17
      Thanx a lot for the move of my post!
      & the pictures too, & since it's a sedan & I'm such a softy for those I sure wouldn't mind see more photos of the whole car, even if it aint complete, I just can't get enough of them...

      But I don't have a clue about what "tabs face" is on the sadle. & the problem at the moment is that the swaybar is so high it "lifts" the sadle's ears 2-3 inches up above the framerails, it used to be 1 inch before & now that gives an angled gap by the doors...
      Come to think of it, this sadle is from a G.T. Hawk, could it be different, like the ears being higher up?
      Last edited by Noxnabaker; 12-11-2019, 04:04 AM.
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      Josephine
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      Champion V8
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      • #18
        More than likely the tabs on the "C" Saddle, (we call it a yoke here) are located differently than those of a sedan considering that the sedan has a higher section (taller side profile) and hood than does the "C".

        When he said "tabs face", I believe he is referring to the fact that the mounting tabs angle to the front of the car (bumper) on the C/K body cars and they angle to the rear (firewall) on the sedan.

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        • #19
          This is the car it's all about:
          (No sedan.)
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          Josephine
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            • #21
              This is my 54 sedan in progress, I am priming for painting, doors, fenders, hood and trunk are ready for paint, all the body work is done. I put a second battery in the trunk (some call it boot) to help crank over the V8, I kept it on 6 volts. I just finished the roof it was very rusty and took a lot of sanding, I have two good coats of epoxy primer on it now.

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              • #22
                Commander to boot, thanx, NICE to see!
                The radiator on my -55 sedan don't lean forward like yours, is that original angle?
                That car would be cool to follow...
                Last edited by Noxnabaker; 12-11-2019, 04:02 AM.
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                Josephine
                -55
                Champion V8
                4d sedan

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                • #23
                  I've (almost) been at the coupe's radiator & sadle again tonight... The 53-54 rad is way lower than the Hawk sadle & 2 out of 3 mounting holes are different, but the "ears" are way to high up & I was thinking that maby Hawks use different brackets for the swaybar to get it lower down..?
                  I find it rather strange that nobody has run into this problem before, I imagen many racers who swaped to 53-54 fronts on Hawks must have run into the fact that the sadle is higher than the radiator & sits to high on the frame... But ofcourse if the 53-54 don't have swaybar it wouldn't matter.

                  Now a question:
                  Does anyone have the messurements for 53-54 radiator sadle?
                  (This Hawk sadle is 20 inches high, about 27 inches wide & the fastening "ears" sits 9,1/4 up from sadle's lowest/underside.
                  Last edited by Noxnabaker; 12-06-2019, 12:10 PM.
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                  Josephine
                  -55
                  Champion V8
                  4d sedan

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                  • #24
                    Ok, I'll make a new thread to see if there's anyone who has messured their HardTop or Coupe radiator sadle/support...
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                    Josephine
                    -55
                    Champion V8
                    4d sedan

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