Now this … Is the OEM radiator drain plug plastic?

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I‘ve lost the plug for my radiator. I’m 99% certain the radiator isn’t original, but looks OEM-ish. The plug on this unit is a white plastic tab that screws in with a rubber gasket. You can unscrew it by hand. OEM or no for a 2F? I kinda need a new one and I’m hoping I can just pick one up from a local auto-zone or something. I’d post a pic, but it’s in a parallel universe.

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I‘ve lost the plug for my radiator. I’m 99% certain the radiator isn’t original, but looks OEM-ish. The plug on this unit is a white plastic tab that screws in with a rubber gasket. You can unscrew it by hand. OEM or no for a 2F? I kinda need a new one and I’m hoping I can just pick one up from a local auto-zone or something. I’d post a pic, but it’s in a parallel universe.

Thanks.
An original ‘74 rad has pipe thread at the bottom with a pipe with a shutoff at the bottom.


Like this right :D

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Good luck finding a plug to match up with those goofy threads on some of those after market radiators. I had one snap off and had to pull the radiator. I couldn’t match it up, so I had a radiator shop solder in a 1/4" pipe thread bung. Then it was easy to find 1/4" brass nipples, caps, plugs or valves.
 

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Good luck finding a plug to match up with those goofy threads on some of those after market radiators. I had one snap off and had to pull the radiator. I couldn’t match it up, so I had a radiator shop solder in a 1/4" pipe thread bung. Then it was easy to find 1/4" brass nipples, caps, plugs or valves.


excellent idea steamer !
 
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Same function, but mine was more like a pipe with a hole that went to the side with a bolt coming out of the bottom. When moved my rad during my SBC conversion, I replaced it with a brass plug so that it would not stick down and get caught on things.

I found a pic here:
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Once again Matt you’ve improved on the original.


Sounds like the OP is looking for something like this:
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Hopefully he’ll get lucky.
 

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Matt, what size are those things? I've just learned that the plug I'm missing is size M12-1.25. Found an oil drain plug at autozone that looked to be about right ... and it was exactly the right size. The only luck I've had today.
 
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Matt, what size are those things? I've just learned that the plug I'm missing is size M12-1.25. Found an oil drain plug at autozone that looked to be about right ... and it was exactly the right size. The only luck I've had today.
I have an aftermarket (CSF) radiator in my 78 FJ40 and had the exact problem you are having. Plastic plug effectively fell apart and I was never able to find an exact replacement. I ended up using a stainless M12 button head socket cap screw and a rubber o-ring. No issues, no leaks.
 

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