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Hi All,

Time to install the B&M trans cooler on my 66. I can't see it fitting between the radiator and the grill, not sure about using the zip ties to mount it to the radiator as it seems it would eventually rub through the radiator tubes.

Leaning towards mounting it where the battery used to be (now in the trunk), suggestions and pictures most welcome.:yes:
 

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If you have an electric fan, you can mount it about anywhere space and air flow permits. No rules. The old battery location sounds like a winner to me.

On my 66C10 I have it hanging slightly below the front bumper. I doubt your nova has the ground clearance to use that location.

I just grabbed something from work to make into a guard for the oil cooler on the 64. I cut the center out of a large fan guard! Should look really cool.
 

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my cooler is between my radiator and grill on my 66 nova. it fits like a glove. ill try and snap a pic tomorw for ya. and as far as rubbing into the fins, they should come with soft gaskets to put in between the two.
 

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http://www.tciauto.com/Products/TechInfo/FAQ.asp Read question #1 here. Is your car driven in the winter? I had a trans cooler inside the engine radiator develop a leak and the trans pumped the radiator full of trans fluid. Lucky the trans (th400 w/ manual valve body) had more pressure than the engine radiator! Antifreeze will kill a transmission.
 

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i noticed you are running from an external cooler into your radiator cooler. what is the point of that? dosent the water temp in the radiator help heat the fluid? not sure why you would want that.
It's a way to preheat the fluid, when I trailer the car. Also keeps the fluid temp consistent.

The External cooler can knock down high temps if needed.

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Leaning towards mounting it where the battery used to be (now in the trunk), suggestions and pictures most welcome.:yes:
I am doing this on my 63. Depending on the size of the cooler, you may have to cut out the bump or ledge where the battery tray mounted, that's what I'm doing.
 

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trans cooler..

http://www.tciauto.com/Products/TechInfo/FAQ.asp Read question #1 here. Is your car driven in the winter? I had a trans cooler inside the engine radiator develop a leak and the trans pumped the radiator full of trans fluid. Lucky the trans (th400 w/ manual valve body) had more pressure than the engine radiator! Antifreeze will kill a transmission.
I recently was concerned about a leak from the rad to the trans....old radiator....so I took it to my guy and he flushed and pressurized the system with his cleaning unit. They run 175* fluid at 65 psi thru the coils in the rad and the remote using the tranny lines. It checked out OK...this is a good way to double check the condition and be sure. I also use an oil temp gauge on the tranny to monotor fluid temp...wilma
 

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i noticed you are running from an external cooler into your radiator cooler. what is the point of that? dosent the water temp in the radiator help heat the fluid? not sure why you would want that.
I do the opposite- I run my trans cooler through the radiator first, then through the air to trans cooler. The transmission fluid should run about the same temperature as the coolant (~180 deg F), so the radiator keeps it consistent. Only bad thing is the coolant may not keep it down quite enough since the fluid is only there a short amount of time. I run a bit on the warm side anyway so the air to trans cooler keeps my temps down.
 

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intresting!!! ive always ran an external cooler only, and never had a issues with the way the car ran or trany acted. oh well i guess they all work.
 

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my cooler is between my radiator and grill on my 66 nova. it fits like a glove. ill try and snap a pic tomorw for ya. and as far as rubbing into the fins, they should come with soft gaskets to put in between the two.
SMLBK66 any chance of a picture?

Thanks,
 
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