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NelsonW Silver Member Nelson W
Medina, OH, USA   USA
1962 Austin-Healey Sprite "Little Mo"
Whenever I have pulled my radiator in the past it has been a pain to put it back in. The surrounding shrouds take up positions that are not lined up with the captive nuts on the radiator. Getting them in proper position to insert the bolt has been challenging. Now it is a lot less difficult. I filed the end of a length of 1/4 - 28 threaded rod into a tapered point. It can now be used to line up the shroud holes with the radiator and threaded into the radiator nut. The double nut assembly allows me to pull the shrouds against the radiator and secure them temporarily. I do this on two opposite corners and am then able to easily insert the mounting bolts into the other holes.



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1962 Sprite "Little Mo"

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Great idea Nelson. I too have had the same issue. Only a couple of the attached threaded nuts have broken free making it really hard to line up.

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
I modified my shroud so that I can unbolt the top and lift out the radiator. ... but I'm not interested in keeping my cars original.

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