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A Winter Front.

In the winter of 1928 a fashionable Lady prepares to board her Packard Sedan . The Packard is equipped with a Winter Front on the grille. The winter front controls the amount of cold air entering the radiator to aid in bringing the engine up to operating temperature.

This was from the time before thermostats and permanent antifreeze came into use. Up until then alcohol was generally chosen as an antifreeze, but had to be checked often as it would evaporate.

7 responses to “A Winter Front.

  1. Kit….You are correct about the control on the add on winter front. There were also more than a few classic era cars that had this sensor built right into the top radiator tank. This control was connected right to the louvers the manufacturer had installed in the radiator shell.

    Who can tell us what date that first coolant controlled thermostat that is referred to in the post came into being?

  2. I don’t know the exact date but my 1934 1101 Packard had a Pines thermostat which mechanically opened the vertical slats in the grille

  3. I have a 3rd series Twin-6 that has a thermostat on the rad inlet that (as standard on the T6) diverts at least some of the water returning from the engine when hot through a by-pass tube into the rad outlet. I have also obtained an early Pines Winterfront for the same radiator that works and has stencilled on the back “Packard 3-35” with last patent 1921 and a Packard Motor Car Co Winterfront badge on the front (letters surround the usual red hexagon). So more than likely the Twin 6 benefited in winter fuel economy from twin controls of the water temperature.
    Water temperature controlled thermostats seem to have been around from the teens and did not preclude the use of shutters to maintain a satisfactory engine temperature in winter.

  4. Willain H. Collier was the disigner of the 20s control lever for pineswinter front co. Collier was the the disigner of the 1st car the south called the MARATHON MOTOR WORKS 1907-1914 nashville tennessee . Collier had over 40 pat. ck out marathon village .com or marathon motor works.

  5. DOES ANYONE HAVE A DRAWING OR PICTURES OF HOW THE CABLE OPERATION OF A PINES WINTERFRONT ON A 1932 FORD WAS ARRANGED. I HAVE THE SPRING THAT HOLDS THE LOUVERS OPEN BUT NEED HELP ON THE CABLE OPERATION FOR CLOSING WORKED BAD DRAWINGS OR PICS WOULD BE GRATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP GLENN

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