I know this is digging up an old thread but I'm running into the same problem as the original poster who was trying to locate a set of these pipes. Anybody know of a source for these? I called Antique Auto Supply but they are now out. What does a current parts search return? I might be able to make my current set of pipes work but they are starting to deteriorate. I found an eBay auction where someone is selling a repro set but they look a little cheesy to me: 1953-Ford-Flathead-V8-Pickup-Truck-Radiator-Hose-Tubes-Steel-New-Hot-Rod-Restore
Does anyone know where I can get a new set of radiator hose pipes for a 53 f100? Mine are full of rust pits and after sand blasting, pin-holes.
I wonder if an exhaust shop can bend 1 1/4" pipe, and how well that would hold up?
I have found several in stainless or chrome, but I want the original painted pipes. Besides, the pipes they sell are for 48-53, and they don't look right. The 53s were different.
I had made some custom pipe for a rad hose years ago when I worked for a muffler shop. They served me very well. We also recently had a muffler shop make some for the lower rad pipe on our Petrbilt's with CAT engine's and they also worked.
needhelp49, Yup, that's them. It's a new addition to their catalog. They didn't have them when I was looking for them.
Edit: I stand corrected. That's the same thing they had when I was looking before.
They are not exactly the shape of the 1953. On the '53 the engine sits a little higher compared to the radiator, so the pipe is not as tall. It looks like theirs has 2 45 degree angles, the '53s do not. See the second picture and the PDF drawing below.
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I thought you have a 215 in your 53, unless this is for a different build?
This summer I finally came to the realization that I needed to throttle my ambitions back a little. I was trying to build two trucks at once - a show truck and a daily driver. Wasn't really getting anywhere with either one. So, I decided to focus on something in between. I sold all my extra parts and kept the best to build one truck. I wanted to go with the flathead so I pulled the 215. I haven't decided what to do with it yet. It runs great and I put a lot of time and money into the rebuild. Probably not a lot of demand for an engine that was only produced two years. Or maybe that makes it rare...
Anyway, that's why I'm pursuing the coolant pipes. I could probably get by with what the ones I have but I'd feel a lot better with something new.
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