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    The other day I posted pictures of my swap meet finds, and mentioned why I wanted a particular drain cock. Here you can see it has an exit port that holds a clear plastic tubing very well. You can also buy a drain cock with a barbed fitting to do the same. At the local surplus store I bought a 20" length of stiff clear plastic tubing, and used a clear flexible plastic tubing to connect it to the drain cock. I can mount the stiff tube to the side of the radiator and easy view the coolant level by just opening the drain cock. I could probably leave it open, but just to be safe I'll close it when not checking the level.

    I could also have just run the flexible tubing up the side of the radiator and eliminate the stiff tube.

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  • #2
    A carburetor type float gauge for the radiator... ingenious
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      And as a dual purpose you can drain the cooling system into a container away from the vehicle::::

  • #3
    Great idea Tom


    • #4
      That is Model A ingenuity. Very creative. I'll remember that one.


      • #5
        Exactly what this forum is about.


        • #6
          Yes Tom, I think it is best to close the valve while running. Pretty smart idea.
          You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


          • #7
            That is also a handy way to collect a bit of coolant to check for freezing protection, as it is difficult on some radiators to withdraw coolant for checking from the filler neck.
            Eastern Connecticut


            • #8
              Reminds me, a Friend, on his Hot Rod Pickup, sweated a 1/8 NPT X 1/8" tubing fitting into his radiator upper tank. Then inserted a Meat Thermometer into it & tightened it! While working underhood, he can monitor the temp. Under the hood, he also has a QUICK ignition shut off toggle switch & a starter button!


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