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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:47 pm    Post subject: 1953 M38A1 Radiator Support Rod question Reply with quote

I just noticed that my 1953 A1 radiator support rods are covered by a thin rubber covering. Is that factory and if so, why?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recall seeing any rubber layer on mine. It just may be an attempt by a previous owner to make the rods fit snugger and without rattling.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonder if itís undercoating.

Is that a Marine jeep?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine had a thin layer of some kind of thin plastic coating on them. I redid it with plasti-dip like for tool handles. I assumed it was factory.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my m170 has the rubber coating on them
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danrothe2001 wrote:
Mine had a thin layer of some kind of thin plastic coating on them. I redid it with plasti-dip like for tool handles. I assumed it was factory.

Dan

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That what I was thinking about using if it was deemed factory. Mine were covered end to end including both ends...the only holes in the rubber were for the cotter pins.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both of my Army a1s (53 and 54 models) as well as my 64 USMC had a rubbery coating on them. I Plasti Dipped the ones on the 53 that I restored but didn't have to do anything to the USMC ones - they were almost perfect.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know WHY they were rubberized???

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the attachment points cannot be actually tightened up to prevent movement it is a safe assumption they are rubber coated to prevent rattling and prevent corrosion caused by rattling and rubbing steel on steel.
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