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Replacing C6 Transmission Cooler Lines
#1
Hi everyone,

It's been a busy few months working on all 3 cars (Hyundai S-Coupe, gf's Accord, and of course, the Mustang). Finally got a chance to replace the transmission cooler lines. Easy getting it out (cut into little pieces, extract). Getting them in is proving to be a challenge.

Here's what I have:

351C, 4V
- Exhaust removed, headers currently in
- Fan and shroud removed
- Radiator removed

C6
- Transmission still in
- Starter still in
- Replacement pre-bent cooler lines from CJ Pony Parts (mild steel)

I'm hoping to get some advice on how to get these transmission lines in. May look into removing the starter to gain more room. Currently on jack stands on the suspension points (not the frame as I'm also still working on getting that passenger floor pan in with fabricated toe extensions, eventually I'll get a thread up for that).

If needed, I may look into flexible transmission lines from O'Reilly (aka Schuck's/Kragen/whatever-its-friggin-name-is-nowadays, lol). Not going for concourse accuracy as I'm hoping to have this car up as a "back up" daily driver/weekend car until I have enough money and time to go for a full restoration (aka 10 years from now).

Much thanks for any help (and war stories on these lines, heh). Smile

Rich
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#2
It is not fun and requires patience, calmness, and determination. You will likely need to remove the starter and passenger side header. It also seems like the alternator was in the way as well. I worked through the core support opening ( no grille, radiator, hoses, or fan installed). It was basically push and rotate, adjust line position, and repeat. I walked away more than once. My computer is kicking my butt on retrieving pictures but I'll try to get something posted.

Good Luck, Chuck

Not of much help but......


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#3
Yea what Chuck said! Just be paitiant.You might even have to take the passenger side mount loose to give yourself more room. It can be done.

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#4
Take header off take starter off and that should give you plenty of room.
Andy
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#5
Awesome, thanks for the tips/advice/encouragement guys! I really appreciate it. I took a day off tomorrow in hopes on giving this a shot. Unfortunately my Hyundai S-Coupe (aka the daily driver) decided to act up this morning so I may have to concentrate on that. I'm hoping the S-coupe will be a quick fix (either battery or alternator) and then I can concentrate on the Mustang afterward. I'll look into posting pics of the progress once I get started. Wink

Rich
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#6
Don't be afraid to pull the motor mount bolt on that side a jack the motor up for additioal clearance. just be sure to block it with wood for when the frustration sets in and you get a little aggresive.

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#7
Ditto on Chuck's advice. Through the front grille opening.

Interestingly enough I was talking to a new (less than 2 months) owner of a 72 Mach 1 a couple weeks ago at a local cruise and he was telling me he purchased new transmission lines for the C6 and he was all set to have his 20 yr old son do the installation in the next couple days. After learning that neither of them was familiar with the procedure, I advised they get it up on a lift (if possible), but to be prepared for a trial of patience. Haven't run into him to see how it went. I also gave him the website information and recommended he sign up.
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#8
Ah, no go for yesterday. Work on my Hyundai S-Coupe took a lot longer than expected. Sad

I'll give this a shot next weekend though. Thanks for all your help. Smile

Rich
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#9
Like Chuck said, pull the header and starter. The lines also run right next to the oil pan, so pull the P/S engine mount out as well. It takes a lot of patience, as they only fit properly one way.


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#10
Boy this brings back bad memory's.Angry I agree with all posts above. I pulled the p/s mount and raised the p/s of the engine. Have somebody help guide the lines. I bent my my first set badly. My second set from a different company didn't fit much better. If your lines fit nice let me know where you got them. I'm not sure mine are going to work. Mark

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