New to the site. Great site and great sharing of info!
I just purchased the truck in my sig about 2-3 months ago. It has 59K original miles and is pretty clean. It is completely stock except for a 4WD trans pan I added last month (gained a drain plug with this pan).
I am a fisherman at heart and bought the truck to tinker with and also have a reliable truck capable of towing my pontoon boat to lakes in CA, AZ, and NV. I will also tow a 5th wheel for camping (not towing doubles!).
I have read much about the breaching of the OEM oil coolers/heat exchangers found on the early 90's 460. When they breach, coolant and oil mix and well, you know what happens next
I will be towing a 5th wheel with my truck in some hot areas on So. Cal, AZ, and NV. I want a truck that runs as cool as possible.
My OEM cooler appears to be working fine and has no external leaks and no water mixed with oil. All is good with it so far. IT appears to be a quality built unit with stainless tank and hose tubes. I have been told they are quite expensive on eBay.
I am considering removing the OEM cooler and adding the Ford Racing oil filter adapter. I have read that most install a remote filter that uses hoses. I don't like the idea of added hoses, especially those that carry engine oil. If a mod is done, I believe the Ford Racing oil adapter should be preferred as it uses no hoses.
However, I have the following concerns with removing the OEM cooler.....
1. Is it a good idea to remove the OEM cooler and installing the oil filter adapter......OR.....am I only reading the posts by those who have experienced problems and there are still thousands and thousands of trucks/460s out there with the OEM cooler with NO problems. If Ford engineers designed the engine to have a cooler, why delete it?
2. Does anyone know how much hotter (degrees) the engine runs without the factory cooler?
3. What oil cooler options are available to replace the removed cooler?
4. Has anyone used the Ford Racing adapter and can share pics?
5. Seeing as the Ford Racing cooler can be indexed (rotated), why not use it and avoid all the hose issues associated with remote mount adapters?
6. If keeping the OEM cooler in place and not making any modifications.....How likely is the breach of coolant into the OEM cooler? There has to be thousands out there running the stock set up without issue.
I am seriously considering this mod but don't like losing the cooling capacity provided by the OEM cooler. I will be towing a TT/5er with my truck, in hot weather, and am hesitant about the mod for reasons explained above.
Perhaps, if one were to use 100% synthetic oil, this would make up for the loss of an oil cooler?
Thanks for reading and your thoughts are appreciated!