Highly Recommended: Walt's Radiator Cooling Kit for '53 Hornet

Hudson_in_SeattleHudson_in_Seattle Posts: 179Member
edited December 2018 in HUDSON
hey guys - at the end of the Summer, i was very happy to speak with Walt Mordenti (96 y.o!), and to purchase a few different kits from him - This is for his radiator cooling kit, for my '53 Hornet - Walt's contact info is located in the HET Club White Triangle magazine classified section

I had Doug Chase, Chase Race, in Duvall, WA do the install - everything went together fine with no problems

I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the kit worked - Although I don't know how well my water temp gauge is calibrated, my Hornet runs significantly cooler when moving, and it doesn't get as hot in traffic, due in part to how much cooler is runs, prior to traffic

I need to run this setup in the Summer to really see how well it does, but so far Highly Recommended!!!

Walt is a great guy!

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  • Hudson_in_SeattleHudson_in_Seattle Posts: 179Member
    running in 90 degree heat on the highway and in the city much cooler than before!
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Posts: 5,131Administrator, Moderator
    You can be affiliated with Walt.  No one will hold that against you on this forum!.  I'd say 90% of us here have bought something, or talked to him or gotten advice from him about something in the last 82 years he has been a Hudson mechanic.  First Hudson he worked on was a brand new 1937 Terraplane.  Can you imagine?  I sure can't.  That's SOME doin', right there.  
  • Hudson_in_SeattleHudson_in_Seattle Posts: 179Member
    thanks - "no affiliation" means i have no financial interest in this post!
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 52Member
    What’s in the kit and is there a website to by from? I have 8 cars, so I might need a few kits. Thanks
  • Hudson_in_SeattleHudson_in_Seattle Posts: 179Member
    thanks - the kit has a different thermostat, gasket, plugs, etc - i found the kit in the back of the hudson club monthly magazine - i don't know if walt is still putting these out - here is some info provided by ken cates for cooling suggestions - hope this helps
  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Posts: 1,820Senior Contributor
    I was wondering if Walt was still making any of his kits any longer?
  • jjbubaboyjjbubaboy Posts: 821Senior Contributor
    Does anyone have pics of Walts kit?
    I am curious about what the spacer is?
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 1,835Expert Adviser
    The spacer allows the Stant thermostat to fully 
    open.  The depth of the head does not allow the Stant thermostat sufficient room to fully open. Using a Mr Gasket thermostat does NOT require the spacer.
  • jjbubaboyjjbubaboy Posts: 821Senior Contributor
    Cool, good to know. Thanks Glowplug!
    Anyone know the diameter of the Mr G t-stat?

  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 1,835Expert Adviser
    Diameter is same as the indentation in the water hose neck.  Same as the Stant thermostat 
  • jjbubaboyjjbubaboy Posts: 821Senior Contributor
    I'm wondering if it will fit in my 36 212 motor?
  • RichardDRichardD Posts: 651Member
    edited August 14
    Here is the one I recommend; opens up twice the area than the standard thermostat {on the right}. 63mm; at Summit Parts online.

  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 1,835Expert Adviser
    edited August 14
    I thought this was posted yesterday... jj the diameter of the thermostat is listed and this is what needs to be considered with your water neck size as well as the depth of the area the thermostat has to open within the head cavity. 
  • jjbubaboyjjbubaboy Posts: 821Senior Contributor
    Perfect, thank you!

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