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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 89 Tbird cooler line

Had a radiator trank failure on my 89 Tbird w/auto trans.

One of the cooler lines had frozen and I messed it up removing the fitting from the cooler. I was thinking it was a standard flare fitting and would be an easy fix. Once I got the pieces removed from the radiator I see it is some other type of fitting.

Napa has a fitting NAPA AUTO PARTS that looks like it will work but it is hose barb to the fitting.

Can I use this and a piece of hose or is there a better solution?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 05:42 PM
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Well the better solution is delete that failure prone heat exchanger in the rad and install a stand-alone external trans cooler, but short of that, yes the fitting with a piece of rubber hose will be fine.

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Knock on wood I haven't had any problems with the in radiator cooler. Just had that DA&& line sieze up and turn into a pretzl during removal. Made a hour job on a half way warm day turn into a multiple day job with cold weather coming.
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I know how that goes. Whenever I am taking those lines out now, I watch to see if they are breaking loose or not. If they look like they are going to twist the lines, I just cut them in a flat spot and re-connect them with some rubber hose and hose clamps.

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-90 XR7 5-speed black on black w/sunroof, MP2, coated rotors, double intercooler, 15%OD, ported heads, comp stage 1 cam, 85mm TB, 90MM LMAF, 80# injectors, and ported big valve heads
-98 Mark VIII LSC, Procharger P600b, TR3650 swap and 3.73s.
-90 SC Automatic rustbucket winter beater
-97 Tbird Sport 4.6 Nice weather daily driver
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