Just a quick update....
Oil cooler has been completed and tested today and all works ok!
Thought I'd add a few pics... Maybe they may help anyone else attempting the job!
Below is the view from inside the wheel arch with the old cooler removed. You can see the air intake directing air from the front of the car and through the cooler.
Now to the other end.. The pic below shows the oil pipes, cut and cleaned up ready to recieve the oil fittings.
The Mocal Oil Cooler is a different size to the original one so a few alterations are required. We decided to manufacture our own bracket to bolt to the top of the cooler and then to the original mounting holes..... After talking to Ned you only really need to drill some new holes in the original mounting bracket.... We stuck with our one as it had taken my Dad some time to make it!
We also made up another bracket to support the bottom of the cooler as it's deeper than the original cooler.
Another little mod my Dad did was to block the sides of the cooler with some metal strips. The intake duct is wider than the cooler so we wanted to block the air from flowing around the sides of the cooler.
Phew.... A little job.... Turned into a bit of a marathon! But Dad is a bit of a perfectionist and everything has to be just right!
Here it is all installed.... It's a different colour because we give it a further coat of paint to stop any future rust... Oh Yeh and there's plenty of grease on the fittings again to help stop the rust!
Now to the other end. Pretty straight forward after finally getting the fir tree fittings into the hose. Definitely helps if you have a vice. Our hands were red raw trying to get them in without the vice.
We also put on some jubilee clips.... Just in case! Lol!
The fittings once on the original cut pipes had to be nipped up a further two times to make the seal.
Left the car running for sometime until up to temperature and no leaks seen so looks like a success and at half the price of original parts (that's if you can find them....
Hope this helps anyone tackling the job!
Oh Yeh... Big thank you to Ned who helped answer many many of my Dad's questions!
And also my Dad who carried on with the job while I was in bed after my night shifts! I'm a lucky man!