Author Topic: Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.  (Read 2662 times)

Offline P W Allen CLC# 20193

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Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.
« on: November 25, 2008, 07:46:08 AM »
Does anybody know where I can get one of these? Mine has corroded and is unuseable. I know I can use one of those flexible ribbed type hoses that doesn't need one, but it is not correct for a 53, as they use formed hoses.

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Offline Otto Skorzeny

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Re: Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 07:54:21 AM »
Believe it or not, some of those ribbed ones have a wire spring inside. I've purchased them before and just removed the spring and used it in my other hose.
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Offline TJ Hopland

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Re: Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 08:28:30 AM »
Most current production hoses do not seem to require the spring.  Something to do with the material and molding process in theory makes them stiff enough to not need them.  I have not had any issues with any of the ones I have installed without the springs. 
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Offline P W Allen CLC# 20193

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Re: Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 12:17:04 PM »
Thanks guys for the responses. Actually, when I changed the lower hose with a new one, I couldn't use the old one so I installed it without a spring. I've been watching it with no collapse problems yet. TJ, you may have something there. Thanks again.

Paul
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Offline Glen

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Re: Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2008, 02:19:23 AM »
There is nothing magical about that spring.  Iíve made my own using a heavy gauge wire wrapping it around a piece of pipe or some such then push it into the hose.  It does not have to be beautiful; nobody is going to see it.   You just need to make sure it is strong  enough to do its job and runs the full length of the hose. 

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Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: Lower Radiator Hose Anti Collapse Spring.
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2008, 02:30:25 AM »
G'day Paul,

If it is going to collapse, then it will do it at high engine speeds, where the water pump is demanding a strong flow of coolant from the radiator.

The best material to construct a spring out of is a length of thin diameter Bronze Welding wire, and coiling it as previously suggested by Glen.

Don't forget to bend the ends a bit more, so that the sharp ends cannot piece the hose from the inside.

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