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Fordson radiator tank question


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I am in the process of restoring a 1922 Fordson F for a friend and am dealing with a little problem on the radiator top tank. Three of the studs in this piece are broken. I was wondering what you all have done to replace them? Are they threaded in, pressed in (don't see how but who knows), or are they cast in somehow? I don't want to attack this in a way that will damage the casting as I'm sure finding a good replacement would be like trying to find an honest politician. Ha ha. Thanks in advance.


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Connection to the core, The front outer seam is simply bolts and nuts. Under the tank to the back the holes are threaded and cap screws used. The main water connection to the motor is stud bolts threaded into the casting. I'm guessing these 3 are the ones you are talking about, we usually heat the bolts with the fire wrench to get some loose. But don't heat the castings as they will crack if much heat is used. The bolts tend to corrode and break off easily. On the studs that break off, drilling and retapping is the only cure. Hope this helps.
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I usually weld a washer to them, then a nut. Let it cool and ease it out. Sometimes I have to heat the area around it before I try it. As mentioned above, drilling and tapping is the surest bet as if you weld first it better come out as drilling after that may be a chore. I have only had to drill after twice, once was bad once wasn't so bad.
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Thanks so much. I figure the ones that broke are going to need drilling. I just wanted to be very careful given the nature of cast. Thanks again!

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Default Re: Fordson radiator tank question

There are four studs , 1/4-28 thread. Blind hole ❓
Can you drill small hole center to bottom ,to break out into blind hole . Fill with pb blaster and soak a few days.
Heat and cool with propane ,refill with pb blaster after
Open hole up to fit flats of 3/16 Allen wench , tap Allen wrench into hole broaching it down into hole ,this should back it out , like an easy out.

Boy Iím glad mine did not brake , I used heat to heat nuts to remove mine
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