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Re: [T3] oil mess...

Usually when a cooler seal goes, it'll empty the sump in a matter of
seconds, I've been unlucky enough to have it happen twice, within 100
mi. of rebuilding.  Bad Mexican seals.  When I first pulled one out it
looked OK, until I squeezed it and then the tear opened up.  It tore
tangentially to the inner hole.  Happened the same way both times.
Managed to get some German seals and haven't had any problems since.
It isn't a fast leak, it's more like a flood.  I'd have had to have
had a tanker to go anywhere with it.  As has been discussed before,
whether or not you need spacers depends on the combination of the
vintage of your cooler and case and the size of the oil passages.
Bentley has the details and what type of seal you need.

Now as to your bolt problems, I assume you're talking about the two
bolts towards the middle of the cooler rather than the stud.  Are the
heads under the case, between the little platform and the cylinders or
are they up on top of the cooler?  I've never seen one stripped out.
I put mine in from the top and it takes a little pinky work to get the
nuts and washers on.  I think the engine is supposed to be assembled
so the bolts are captive between the cylinders and the little platform
on the case, but I didn't do it that way.  You might still have a
leaky oil cooler, without pressure testing it, it would be kind of
hard to see.  Just blowing into it probably wouldn't let you see
anything, the working pressure there is a lot higher than you can

On Mon, 19 Jul 1999 22:54:30 +0000, you wrote:

>Hey all....
>On my way back from Iowa.... something let go... oil everywhere.... took
>me three quarts to get it home.
>Well, looks like all the oil is coming from the bottom of the oil
>cooler. So I go about tearing into her to see if its a blown seal.  But,
>they looked ok.... a little squished but ok...  I replaced them anyway.
>Put her all back together, started her up and she puked oil all over the
>So, I went togr down again and now I stripped one of the bolts
>that go all the way through and have a nut and washer underneath.
>AHHHHH!  I have another so I guess i am going to try to cut it and then
>cut the bottom so I can pull it out the top.
>My question is regarding oil spacers.  WHEN I DISASSEMBLED THE OIL
>COOLER THE SPACERS WERE NOT between the oil cooler and the base (case).
>They were on top.  But looking at Bentley, I figured they should be on
>the bottom... and I reassembled her that way...that's why she puked, I
>am guessing.  Any way, what's the norm for a 71 squareback?
>Any suggestions? What should I do about that damn bolt?  And if this
>isn't my problem where should I look?  I can't see any leaks anywhere
>Oh, I did test the integrity of my oil cooler by blowing in one end and
>covering up the other hole... stop laughing, Jim.
>71 square fi
>71 square parts car
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