Here is the radiator and shroud as I recovered them from a high altitude lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I managed to bring this up along with the pile of trash, anchors, and fishing poles in the pictures.
After 1916 Brass was considered a "War Material" and restricted to war related uses forcing Ford to switch from brass to tin. Therefore this is a pre 1916 radiator.
The radiator came from a Ford Model-T truck similar to this.
The shroud cleaned up well (after lots of Brasso and elbow grease)
Then it was on to cleaning the radiator.
All in all the restoration came out very nice.
How did the Truck get in the lake?
Two stories of a Model-T truck ending up at the bottom of this lake have been circulated for generations. After talking to a number of people who have been in the area for many many years two slightly different stories were told.
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