Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Radiator Arrives

One of the things I didn't have for the plane was a radiator.
 Awhile back John LeBlanc and I worked out a deal for one of the radiators he had for his WACO TEN project.  Today a heavy wooden crate arrived.  I just realized that's probably how the first radiator arrived from Rome-Turney when When Clayton Bruckner and Sam Junkin were building the first NINE around this time of the year in 1925.
 The last owner of John's plane had removed part of the shell from the core to make a radiator with a modern core.  That didn't work out so well.  John is sending their radiator so I can strip off the original parts to turn this into a NINE radiator.  The differences between the NINE and TEN have to do with how the radiator mounted and where the inlet and outlet were located.
While parts have been removed the core appears to be in excellent condition so it all should be fixable.
 The radiators for WACO were made by the Rome-Turney Radiator Company of Rome, New York.  They used a patented square tube design for their radiators.  At one time they had a collection of one each of every radiator they made.  During WWII they donated the collection to be melted down in a Brass for Bullets campaign.

The drawing is a pieced together photo of the original drawing WACO sent to Rome-Turney to order the radiator for the prototype NINE.  It's dated March 11. 1925 which is when they were building the first NINE.  The drawing paper is a piece of heavy manila packing crate paper which someone roughly cut with a pocket knife and then drew the radiator in pencil, dated it and gave it a number.  This is the oldest known WACO drawing.  It's in the Rome-Turney collection of the Rome Historical Society.

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