Fitting An Oil Cooler

Those with bigger engines and a warmer climate than we have in Europe  may find the installation of an oil cooler useful. The pictures below ahow an example of a cooler in situ. The flexible pipes that connect to the cooler matrix take the place of the external metal pipe between the block and the filter.

1. Oil Pipe Connection - Rear

This shows the rear connection into the block and the front connection is also visible but can be seen better in picture 2. You will also see that this car has been converted to alternator, negative earth electrics.                 

 2. Oil Pipe Connection - at Filter

In this installation, a throw-away canister filter has been fitted, using the same "canister on top" configuration as some MGBs. However, the connection can still be made to the head of an original-type filter bowl.  










3. The Cooler Matrix in Front of the Radiator

This installation uses a nearly-square matrix rather than the longer oblong type, though the latter will aslo fit under the bonnet shut panel. In this installation the shut panel has been trimmed back, which allows the oil pipes to pass over the radiator cradle. An alternative, if you leave your shut panel intact, is to drill two holes in the side of the cradle and pass the pipes through it with rubber grommets. It is important that the pipes are kept clear of the closed bonnet so that no pinching or chafing can occur.

Ideally, a thermostat should be fitted into the pipe runs to ensure that the oil is not cooled until the engine is at full running temperature. The components can be obtained from MG specialists or generic performance component suppliers.


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