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Old 11-13-2005, 05:07 PM
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Trans cooler/lines question

Hello everyone, hope all are well. I have 2 quick questions regarding a trans cooler and the trans lines. 1. I searched the board high and low for the "correct" way in run the line to the cooler. Through the radiator first, then through the cooler or vice versa. (I live in New Olreans so it does get pretty hot in the summer) 2. Can I eliminate the lines and go with rubber (proper ones for the pressure) hoses in an effort to clean things up under there? I hate those lines. Thanks folks in advance for any advice.

The reason I am adding a cooler is because I will be installing a 2200-2800 stall to my new build and read that a stall will raise the trans temp. Any truth to that? I don't know alot about tranny's.

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Old 11-13-2005, 05:29 PM
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thru the radiator then the cooler....or the trans. cooler ,won't be doing anything....
i would use ,braided line, instead of just uncovered hose..yes the higher the stall,the more heat thats created..mark
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This was covered ....at length ..less than a week ago....with many different opinions.....

go here

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/tran...ich-73721.html
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I'm right now getting started plumbing up a tranny cooler on a car that has a new aluminum radiator that hasn't any cooler in the radiator at all. After a lot of advice I came to the conclusion to learn to bend and plumb hard lines,,, as much as possible. Plus keep them as far away as header heat as possible too. The easy way, of course, is to run rubber lines or even the above suggested braided lines, but common sense should tell us that there's really no subistute for hard lines. Let a rubber line get hot and burn through, even a pin hole, and you have a very good chance to have an engine bay fire. Want to take that chance to have your car burn to the ground? I've decided I'm going to take the time and effort to run hard lines,, if only for my peace of mind.

There's an article in the archives about how they were building an early 70's Torino and just about burnt it up because they got lazy and ran with rubber cooler lines. I'd bet they are not the only ones.
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Deuce-I did read that when it was originally posted and I do apologize for asking again, but it really left me with more questions that I had before I read it. I guess I will run the hard line, as bad as I hate to deal with them. Thanks guys.
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Hard lines are NOT hard to do......

I do all my projects with steel lines. Just go ahead and buy some GOOD tools and get to it.



I have a set of Imperial benders. Like the one shown above. They are about $40 each and up for the larger sizes. I have the 3/16, 1/4, 5/16 and the 3/8. Well worth the money.



And you will need a good flaring tool......I have a K&D but there are better ones, much better. and much worse.

I am going to buy a better one....



It is $300 or so..

Good tools do not cost you money.....they save you money in the long run.
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