Author Topic: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield  (Read 164 times)

Offline FINCADI

Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:57:45 PM »
I purchased a reproduction rubber radiator seal/shield for my 1961.  I have seen this installed in so many different ways, that I am not sure which way is correct.  I have attached a couple of photos. One is how I have it currently installed in my car which as you can see tends to flop forward. The second photo (not my car)  shows it laying down, covering the top of the radiator. The second photo looks more correct than how I have mine installed, but possibly neither is correct. Need you experts to weigh in on the correct way.  Thanks, Doug

Offline StevenTuck

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Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 06:49:49 AM »
Doug, If yours is flopping forward then uninstall it, flip it around and reinstall it. It should then flop toward the engine like it should. Here is how it should be installed and look from my car. Steven

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Offline FINCADI

Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 08:08:18 AM »
Steven,
Thanks so much for the photo and suggestion on how to keep it from flopping forward.  I will flip it around and see what happens.  Your attention to detail is obvious every time I look at your gorgeous car and I am not the least surprised that you noticed the hinges. The dark green hood hinges have bothered me ever since I have owned the car but was somewhat reluctant to change them as I thought possibly they were factory installed.  When I purchased this low mileage car in 2015 from the second owner it was 100% original, nothing had been touched under the hood except for normal wear items that had been replaced. I was kind of waiting for someone to let me know if these hinges were incorrect, and now I have it.  I trust your knowledge on these cars so I will eventually get them painted or switched out so that they will be black. Thanks again!  Doug

Offline FINCADI

Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2018, 05:21:38 PM »
Well that was a great idea but unfortunately when you flip it around, it does not line up with the bolt holes and center latch tab. (photo attached).  I re-installed it the way it was and it is a little better but still droops forward.  I guess I can soak it overnight in Viagra water and see if it will stand up straighter!   
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Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2018, 08:11:59 PM »
To my knowledge 1961 did not actually use that deflector. I dong know if that is your issue.
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Offline FINCADI

Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2018, 09:42:06 PM »
Hmmm, that is interesting, Carl.  I just assumed they were used as they are listed in parts catalogs for 1961-1962 model years.  Anyone know if these were just used on 1962's?   

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Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2018, 06:09:23 AM »
I looked in my master parts book through 1964 and it lists the part for 1961-1962. I always look in the shop manual for illustrations which may show the baffle / deflector. Make sure the edge is positioned between the radiator support and radiator. That may help. Although my edge just sits on the radiator top edge and moves as you move the baffle. At this point my hood has pushed it down such that it is pretty much bent toward the engine.
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Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2018, 04:47:21 AM »
It was a running change, mentioned in the June, 1961 Serviceman's Bulletin. Factory installation began with approximately car # 115,000.

Jim