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||The B&M cooler doesn't come with an
easy install kit, so you have to make one up yourself! It's not hard. In
fact, all of the parts needed are listed at the bottom of the page. It
took me less than two hours to install it, and I didn't even have a handy
internet guide to go by! As for the effect, between the Griffen radiator,
engine oil cooler and the trans cooler, I never see the high side of 190
degrees anymore. I'm going to pull out the 160 thermostat and re-install
the 180 degree 'stat, except for racing at the track.
The B&M Supercooler is designed as
a general-purpose plate cooler that has a very low pressure drop, and can
flow a lot of fluid. Therefore, it is suppled with 1/2" NPT fittings. 1/2"
NPT means that you can thread in a steel pipe with 1/2" i.d. It's NOT the
size of the thread, by any means! Therefore, you need to use a 1/2" to
3/8" NPT brass reducer to make the opening small enough for the 3/8" NPT
to hose barb fitting. I got mine at the auto value parts store, and at
the True value hardware.
||Some nifty fittings that I found from
Earl's Service Shop in Indianapolis screwed into the transmission's stock
cooler so that I could install it in-line. I'm considering buying another
of the female fittings so that I can bypass the radiator oil cooler altogether.
It's your choice. They are only about $2.25 each from Earl's. You'll pay
more for shipping than the cost of the parts. One idea for you: Buy Earl's
oil cooler instead of the B&M Supercooler and you'll save $4.50 in
||The first step is to remove the fan shroud.
Just remove the top screws from your electric fan, then remove the
cover. Gently lean your radiator back a few inches to make clearance for
the cooler. If you have air conditioning, you will have to figure out something
else; perhaps even remove the radiator altogether. Since I no longer have
A/C it was a snap.
||Because I already have a Derale engine
oil cooler, I had to overlap the coolers by about half an inch. If you
plan on running an engine oil cooler, here's some advice: Buy another supercooler
instead, along with an oil cooler adapter ring. Same advice goes for Earls
stuff. You won't have to overlap the coolers and the installation will
look more elegant. The lines are oriented upwards in order to keep the
tube bends nice and gentle.
||Here's the orientation of the supercooler.
Lines pointed up.
||Add your fittings to the transmission
lines. I used the upper transmission line which, I believe, the inlet to
the stock cooler. Therefore, my oil goes through the B&M unit first,
then the radiator. You may want to buy more oil cooler hose than my suggested
four feet, and run your lines to the bottom line. It might keep the oil
temperatures down a little better.
||Since the Earl's barbs are quite aggressive,
it helps a lot to lubricate them first. Use some transmission fluid, and
they will slip in like a dream.
||Nice, gentle curves on your hoses. Notice
the radiatorcrossmember: It's a potential leak waiting to happen as it
slowly saws through the hose with vibration. You will want to find a piece
of 1/8 inch rubber tubing, slit it lengthwise, and slip it over the sharp
edge. This should help reduce the possibility of a hose failure due to
||My cooler sits about half an inch from
the radiator. It would have benn closer had it not been for the long, tube-style
Derale oil cooler. If you can afford it, buy yourself two plate-style oil
coolers as they are more efficient & compact, albeit heavier in mass.
They are also probably more robust in case of a crash or road debris.
||Here's the interference. I've used some
rubber stand offs to separate the two coolers. They are quite secure with
the plastic ties that I bought at Autovalue. They push through that nice
& new aluminum radiator, and secure the whole assembly. I cringed at
the thought of messing up those beautiful fins, but they push through without
too much damage or grief.
Value Parts Store (AVP)
Auto Value East
Park Lake Road
East Lansing, MI
Service Shop (Earl's)
302 Gasoline Alley
Indianapolis, IN 46222
|Parts list & Source:
1) P/N 292-0608 1/2-20 I.F. x 3/8 Push
1) P/N 290-0608 1/2-20 Male x 3/8 Push
2) 3/8 NPT to 3/8 Push barb (AVP)
2) 1/2 NPT to 3/8 Reducer fitting(AVP)
4) Ft. of Dayco transmission Cooler line
4) Hose Clamps (AVP)
1) PartsMaster Nylon Mounting Rods (4/pkg.)
4) 1/2" thick rubber standoffs (no souce:
1) B&M P/N 70266 Supercooler(Summit)
Approximate cost of all parts listed above: