[V8] Radiator Problem

Brad Hartman info at speakoutpro.com
Sun Nov 25 07:33:30 PST 2007

Nipple is probably a misleading term on my part.  The broken part is well 
over an inch in diameter.   I would call it a pipe, but it's plastic and 
extends from the radiator body.  It is not removable -- it's physically part 
of the plastic radiator.

Radiators made of plastic.  Why didn't they just use cardboard or balsa?

Kneale -- how did you solder 10-gauge wire to plastic?  By barb, I'm 
assuming this is to keep the hose from slipping off of the shortened pipe. 
Is this absolutely required?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ron Wainwright" <ron_01056 at yahoo.com>
To: "Kneale Brownson" <knealeski at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: "Brad Hartman" <info at speakoutpro.com>; <v8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 7:00 AM
Subject: Re: [V8] Radiator Problem

>I think Brad's talking about the hose comming from the
> coolant tank?
> That little nipple just screws off. & just so happens
> I have a handfull of those little nipples.
> Let me know Brad.
> Ron
> --- Kneale Brownson <knealeski at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> The link goes to a pix of how I fixed the broken-off
>> radiator neck on my 200q20v.  Used it that way for
>> several months while I collected the stuff necessary
>> to replace all the flexible plumbing in the engine
>> compartment as well as both radiators.  It's epoxy
>> similar to JB Weld and pipe I had left over from
>> replumbing a boiler.  I soldered a piece of 10-gauge
>> wire onto the pipe to serve as a hose barb.
>> http://www.pbase.com/kneale_brownson/image/71383807
>> Brad Hartman <info at speakoutpro.com> wrote:  My upper
>> radiator hose came off today. Closer inspection
>> revealed that the
>> plastic connector/nipple at the top inner side of
>> the radiator (approx.
>> 1-1/2 to 2 inches long) had broken off approx. 3/4
>> inch from the body of the
>> radiator. Luckily, I could still replace the hose,
>> tighten the clamp and
>> then limp home. It held for 15 miles.
>> Here's the question: Can I find some sort of clamp
>> that will provide enough
>> gripping power to keep the hose DEPENDABLY in place?
>> Again, the nipple that
>> originally help the hose by clamp is now shorter.
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