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Old 01-27-2008, 11:18 AM
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Transmission coolers

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I'm putting a sbc&350 turbo in my 26T. I don't have a tranny cooler in the radiator,and don't have room for one in front of the rad. I will have about 425 HP and running a 11" 2500 stall converter. I see these coolers that look like a cylinder with fins on the outsite that mount along the frame .Do these kind work good and what brand is best? what length would be best for my application? If these kind don't woork well what would be a good solution?
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I have used them on two of my cars,I had no problems with mine.I would use the longest you can without it looking funny.I think I had a 12'' on one,And a 18'' on the other one.I would use them again.I bought them on ebay. I had one in my 32 Chevy roadster,And one in my 57 Chevy.Both in my album.
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This is a 24" two pass mounted on the outside of the frame and cooling a Ford (TCI built) C4 and their 2000/2200 RPM stall converter. Great quality but the car is not on the road yet so as yet not sure how well it cools but has probably more surface area then most of the little "radiators" you buy after market for trailering.

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Trans Cooler

If you plan to drive the car in cool or clod weather it's not recomended to run a regular external cooler without first going through the engine radiator. These external coolers can and will not allow the trans fluid to ever get to a safe operating temp in cool/cold weather. You can run a bypass thermo regulator that will allow the fluid to come up to Op. temp before opening the flow to your Ext. cooler. There not cheap though B&M does have them. @$70.00
What I use is a self regulating cooler since my radiator doesn't have an internal cooler either. There's a brand called Tru-Cool that makes them & they work great. Cheapest I've found from Bulkpart.com. They're not a frame rail mount type though. Here's a link that shows them and how they work.

http://www.bulkpart.com/Merchant2/me...y_Code=coolers
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Just how cold of weather are u talking about? I live in SW Pa and only drive the car april thru oct probably lowest temp is around 50*
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Just how cold of weather are u talking about? I live in SW Pa and only drive the car april thru oct probably lowest temp is around 50*
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I for sure wouldn't worry at those temps - put a cooler on and forget about it. If it's in the 40's warm it up before you drive.

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Trans Temps

It shouldn't be a much of a problem at the temp you mentioned. But Trans fluid is like engine oil you want it to get hot enough to burn off the condensation that accumilates when the trans cools down. Oil & water create acids that damage bushing/bearings surfaces. Most trans builders recommend at least 160-180* fluid temp for this reason + the clutch frictions perform better & last longer. I've read the friction material is bonded with a water based substance also. When your not running the fluid through the radiator first it can be a problem of never getting hot enough. Just thought I'd mention it since where you live it gets pretty **** cold. LOL!
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Not as cold as where Irelands Child lives and he doesnt seem to worry about running it thru the radiator!
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