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on my current project 66 f100 sb 521 c6 gear vendors over under i wonder about using a 4 core 460 radiator that i have had run thru the radiator shop. problem is i didn't think about it being a std transmission radiator with no provision to hook up automatic transmission lines. realized it too late. i had the radiator redone several years ago. would you run and after market cooler without the radiator precooling the transmission fluid? or abandon the idea and go with a new aluminum radiator and a transmission cooler? thanks.

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on my current project 66 f100 sb 521 c6 gear vendors over under i wonder about using a 4 core 460 radiator that i have had run thru the radiator shop. problem is i didn't think about it being a std transmission radiator with no provision to hook up automatic transmission lines. realized it too late. i had the radiator redone several years ago. would you run and after market cooler without the radiator precooling the transmission fluid? or abandon the idea and go with a new aluminum radiator and a transmission cooler? thanks.

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just add a trans cooler, keep it away from rad.
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just add a trans cooler, keep it away from rad.
the only place i have seen a transmission cooler installed is in front of the radiator. where could I put it and get the air flow necessary to cool the transmission fluid. thanks.

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Hi, you can put it in front of the radiator just keep it at least 1" away from it..
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I'm using a stack plate cooler I pulled from a large motor home. It's mounted in front of the radiator where it does the most good. Dimensions are around 12x12.
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i have several transmission coolers to choose from that i have salvaged over the years but will they work sufficiently if i decide to drive the h**l out of it without running transmission fluid thru the radiator. i am also considering installing the oil cooler from a 73 460 PI galaxy still in the car. but that would be a little more difficult to hook up but i think it would work ok. just considering the options. will be installing the engine in a test stand today. hopefully breakin will be accomplished this week. the frame is waiting . all modification are done. cab is finished. ready to install. bed is in epoxy primer. transmission and OD is rebuilt and assembled. with some luck i could be running and driving by eoy. that is my goal. started frame modifications 15 months ago.

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If youíre unsure that your trans cooler is up to the task go find one from a mid 2000ís 6.0L Diesel Excursion or F series truck.
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i have several transmission coolers to choose from that i have salvaged over the years but will they work sufficiently if i decide to drive the h**l out of it without running transmission fluid thru the radiator. i am also considering installing the oil cooler from a 73 460 PI galaxy still in the car. but that would be a little more difficult to hook up but i think it would work ok. just considering the options. will be installing the engine in a test stand today. hopefully breakin will be accomplished this week. the frame is waiting . all modification are done. cab is finished. ready to install. bed is in epoxy primer. transmission and OD is rebuilt and assembled. with some luck i could be running and driving by eoy. that is my goal. started frame modifications 15 months ago.

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This is just opinion, but if you believe what Ford recommends you will bypass the used stuff and just buy a new cooler. Ford recommends cleaning used coolers with heated (140 degree) fluid to dislodge the cake that hangs onto the walls of the cooler tubing. I would be hesitant of sending that junk into my $$$$ C6 transmission.

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i have a 545 blown 871 fuel injected motor with a c6 and all I use is a dual pass oil cooler from summit for number 6 lines and a inline 160 degree switch to turn on a 12" spal fan in my trunk and my beast runs fine, I have no provisions for a oil cooler in the radiator and I am running a afco dual pass.
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i have a 545 blown 871 fuel injected motor with a c6 and all I use is a dual pass oil cooler from summit for number 6 lines and a inline 160 degree switch to turn on a 12" spal fan in my trunk and my beast runs fine, I have no provisions for a oil cooler in the radiator and I am running a afco dual pass.
that's what i was looking for. i will rig up something in front of the radiator with an inch clearance. i may put air conditioning in this truck also. space is at a premium in front of the radiator so i will see what will work as i continue. got bullet mounted in run stand. valve covers on. wired in duraspark. headers on today. ordered a new starter. waiting on valve cover grommets and hardware. almost there. thanks for clarifying. i have no experience on new stuff. still stuck 20 years ago.

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careful what you put in front of the radiator as it will reduce the cooling efficiency, also get some Sheetmetal and fab you up a little air dam to direct air up into the radiator from the bottom if you add a oil cooler in front.
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careful what you put in front of the radiator as it will reduce the cooling efficiency, also get some Sheetmetal and fab you up a little air dam to direct air up into the radiator from the bottom if you add a oil cooler in front.
yup, this is why we never mount the trans cooler in front of it

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