How a Custom Automotive Radiator is Made Brice Thomas Radiator Plant Tour

How a Custom Automotive Radiator is Made Brice Thomas Radiator Plant Tour


[Music] hey all coming to you from international headquarters of sky EDTV but I was down at Bryce Thomas radiator and they’ve been keeping cool cool for a long time but that’s not all they do they build radiators as big as locomotive radiators but they’ve got you covered if you’ve got to try to keep an engine cool of any kind they can do it they even do some uh copper brass kind of stuff but today I was in there they did a tri-five a fifty five six or seven Chevrolet v8 radio from scratch very cool process I think you’re all gonna enjoy it let me get the camera turn around we’ll take a quick look at it Chris thanks for giving me some time today to tell me on Bryce Thomas makes a radiator yeah no problem no problem tell me the process well we start with raw material just like anything else any other manufacturer we here we have our extruded tube material on one side are stuff to material that’s primarily for heavy-duty equipment we keep it in crates to keep the integrity of it so it’s not getting handle too much not moved around too much each crate is clearly marked as to what material is actually in that then we come in to the to our other we keep our raw materials insert in several places just for ease of access here we have our finial on one side it’s going to be strictly radiators on the other side it’s going to be our charged air coolers oil coolers are extruded tube cores that we have to keep separated you know once client ones non cladded its you can’t mix those up and you can’t tell by looking at you can’t tell what’s now right over here we have our our flat stock material that’s gonna be retained fabricating tanks whether it is a ninety three sixteenths quarters 180 different thicknesses of that then we have our cladding materials that is in different thicknesses of the AH points 0.075 point 101 eight that’s that all that is different plans so it keeps up as well we pull this material off the shelf he goes right onto the third press we’re here we’re punching out the side plates and the header plates for the quarters we’re going to be building today once they come off the turret press their D bird and then wash just so do you think there’s no cross-contamination of them because clinically with breathing women reading it has to be clean you’ll see when you watch that court and watch those parts in different stages but once once that comes off the the parts washer then goes straight to Tony – who’s gonna be stacking the core today that is then the pin machine makes the pin we can program that to a certain family a certain amount of times in this case he’s programming that so that his last pin the machine will stop and it’s that gives him the opportunity to place a side plate then a stainless and strap that court because we have to keep the squareness of that cord all the way through the process that stainless helps during the braising process to keep it keep side straight keep everything to the size that we right and each place east leaves workstation as they finish that’s what they do they check the per square it is Tony will do that check for the header straightness as well as the head of the tube the course weariness the once it leaves here the builders of parts Washington are to the hot water bath where we wash the holes from the fan running through the tooling we brace course usually so quickly after that that all doesn’t have an opportunity to dissipate so we want to make sure that we clean that off here cleanliness is next to godliness right right we’ve got to keep the we’ve got to keep it clean in order for this learning them to pour used together properly so when you have high pressure wash it and then you soak it also well we have pressure wash then goes through the floor looks bad okay that it’s just like it’s a it’s kind like a solar like a solar in the crop of raspberries here together use a plus announce that that solver to run as material but that flex allows everything to run as it needs to open the SERP series so that we’re controlling and they already think it takes to make this poor stay together is all in the material it’s all the materials and it’s a brazing oven it’s the control that must be a braising oven mister for yourself where does it go from here the well we’ll load it on the belt it’ll raise through then we will once it comes out aluminum does a really good job of transferring heat once it comes out of into this air glass but I think it was in about two or three minutes we should be able to pick it up by hand and so it’ll go from about twenty six and seven hundred degrees so we can pick it up with our with our very hands in a matter of minutes mm that’s transferring even if that is so that’s the name of the game that’s right we will take it up to up here at least kind of bubble test that it’s this kind of a preliminary test to make sure that we go to the good Tuesday race joint all the way around this here we have laid out the the core and the tanks and the necks and fittings that we’ll be using so these are all the Jesus is going to take the finisher this all the pieces right there laid out in front in front of you this particular one is getting automatic transmission cooler the the fittings on that will be quarter inch NPT drain fitting inch and a half top post connects an inch and 3/4 bottom hose connection and the filler neck the here we’re using a stamp tank for you know first etics we can fabricate that tank but to give it the the look of the OE we had these tanks stamped out for us so then we can you know kind of keep an old-school look but give it the heat transfer of a modern-day radiator we can do this in a MLS can set up we can do this in let’s be clear right there’s no machine that needs cooling the price Thomas can’t figure out that’s right right that’s right yeah from locomotives the hot rods you cover it all we don’t that’s right the so here you’ll see Adam webbing his pieces in and here he’ll get the trans cooler in the so here he’s tacking on these tanks fitting you know tacks it all together then he comes back in finished well that’s right that’s right you text everything make sure he’s taking this dimension a little more time just to make sure that is over the time dimension this is accurate within tolerance so he’ll tank you’ll take the bond thing type thing and then come back and do all these finished wells once that finish weld is done he goes to to a pressure test and every single thing we get that we build it was in a underwater pressure test he’s running about 30 to 35 psi but he’s checking this radiator under and this is happening all underwater and we’re looking for bubbles real simple test was really telling what we’re things that that that test has worked for ever from a hole in your tire to a hold on a radiator that’s right you see bubbles you know you got there that’s right here this one’s good thumbs up interior and it’ll go back for kind of fit finish put the the core wrap on put the mounting brackets on here we try to make these parts to where they’re pretty plug-and-play so that Adam can can just lay that the mounting bracket on the core wrap and he knows exactly was actually go based on where the bit lines up line up keep in mind he’s this isn’t his first radial well together but then he’ll he’ll tack those in place measure one more time to check for his phrase over the bracket dimension and once that’s good here he goes he’s well minute and that’ll be the finish whales after that he’ll come in and once we know everything is where should be go Papa’s rib nuts in it and I already put a warranty number on it put a warranty number on the way we attract you know we was built who built it no no y’all been doing this a long time we come to you start with it in 53 or broths Thomas started in 1956 56 yeah no brother I appreciate it like I said when I walked in here I didn’t worry I didn’t know what was in store 20 but I thought I knew about radiator work why do you give me a much better explanation then of course price Thomas has been keeping cool cool for a long time yeah that’s right so folks if you’re looking for a custom radiator or good radiator you having trouble keeping your car cool Paul Chryst gimmick all over here Bryce Thomas cuz they’ll figure out something like said that used to be a big deal back in back in the day but because of companies like this they’ve come out and really going to specializing in keeping big blocks cool sitting in August traffic and what it takes to do that um you got radiators now that’ll keep them cool man what uh what an awesome deal man thanks so much for ugh you no problem today girls problem any time hey you all make sure you subscribe to this channel and visit Scottie D tv.com for an easy way to search the hundreds of videos I have posted either click the link in the description or the one at the end of this video [Music]


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