Visit The Dirt Forum for More Information

Author Topic:   TRANS COOLER
redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted April 23, 2002 01:15 PM
Im gonna run a powerglide tranny in my car and was wondering where the best place was to mount the cooler im afraid if i mount it in front of the radiator it might get a rock through it. The interior of the car is completely tinned in. Ive seen some mounted to the roll bar on the passengers side of the car. Just wondering?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted April 23, 2002 01:17 PM
mine is mounted on the roll bars on the passenger side.

[This message has been edited by AC156 (edited April 23, 2002).]

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted April 24, 2002 12:07 AM
mine is mounted in front of the raditor and i never had a problem. its been through two head ons and survived well. just make sure it can move out of the way if need be.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted April 24, 2002 12:16 AM
i mounted the tranny cooler on the right side of the firewall under the hood about 1 inch away from it for air could go though it work pretty good ran like this for 5 years

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted April 24, 2002 06:20 AM
Do you run a converter? What size? some converters and all couplers really don't need a cooler at all.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted April 24, 2002 09:17 AM
I put it in the trunk.

The guy who built my p-glide told me that without a converter, you don't need a cooler, but w/o the converter you loose a lot of fluid and, hence, cooling capacity. So the cooler doesn't hurt because it adds some fluid.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted April 24, 2002 11:07 AM
I have a coupler and I don't run a cooler. But I do have a deep aluminum (Stef's) pan. Holds 5 quarts of fluid.

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted April 24, 2002 11:25 AM
I have to run the torque converter with it i also have the deep finned aluminum pan on it. Who makes the best cooler?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 156
posted April 24, 2002 11:27 AM
i am not a powerglid expert but if you dont run a converter you do not need a cooler becouse the converter is what makes the fluid get hot in the first place, just my two sence

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 310
posted April 24, 2002 11:36 AM
I also put mine on the rollcage on the right so air can flow thru it we also put a deflector on it in case of a problem

Donnie Ross
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 109
posted April 25, 2002 08:42 PM
Please wherever you put it, isolate it from the driver the fluid can get extremely hot,
if a hose busts, or the cooler you can be badly burned it can get well over 200 degrees
especially with a high stall convertor.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted April 26, 2002 03:10 AM UIN: 54865418
donnie is right every track in the area will not letyou run a tranny cooler in the drivers compartment for that reason. i know my uncle talked to bushore last year and he said not to run a cooler so i wasn't going to this year in mine but i run a converter and he has a coupler has anybody else run without one with a converter?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted April 26, 2002 08:33 AM
I run demo derbies and I had the great idea of skipping the cooler and just running it into itself. I was told it would catch fire. Even if it doesn't burn, it can't be good for it.

I agree with Donnie, don't put it in the car with you. I've seen 'em pop off derby cars and thats not something you don't want sprayin around. I put it in the trunk to help with rear weight (evey little bit helps) and under the hood has enough stuff goin on there already. Also, if you go toward the rear, you're that much farther from the headers.

If you have the room, you can use a stock AC condensor from a car, its a little overkill, though.

[This message has been edited by WesternAuto17 (edited April 26, 2002).]

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 55
posted April 26, 2002 09:17 AM
someone asked about what cooler to run. dont go by one just use a coil system from a a/c unit. they come in all sizes and work great. just look around the junk yard and find one that has the size you need. i run mine in the rear above the fuel cell.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 90
posted April 30, 2002 06:32 AM
Hey, I agree with Hesseracing. I'm not didn't run a powerglide, but the T-350 with a convertor. Used a condensor from a window A/C unit. Plumbed it with 3/8 copper tubing and brass fittings. Added 6-7 additional quarts to the system. Jerked the trans down into first and ran it for a couple seasons without ever over heating or slipping the trans.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted April 30, 2002 07:29 AM
some AC condensers have internal coating of some kind, that will come off and get into your oil.

Back to the Archives