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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    #2613's ATF cooler is not mounted in front of the condenser. There wouldn't be any room for that. The cooler is mounted behind the radiator fans in the "empty space" there in the curve of the frame.
    That makes a lot more sense.

    I used this cooler. Because the fittings are so large (10AN) Bill used brass reducing couplings to connect to the 90-degree copper fittings, thus allowing a more or less straight piece of hose to go to the copper pipes that are mounted to the frame. I haven't checked but I think he used 5/8" hose. I'll ask him the next chance I get. In the meantime, let me know if you want pictures.
    That's great -- the video was certainly useful, but some pictures of how everything is mounted would be great. Although if my fixes from the weekend work, I probably won't do anything until it starts leaking again, so no need to hurry. Just next time you happen to be under there is fine. I'm mostly collecting information at the moment.

    I do have a couple other very minor leaks. There seems to be one at the center of the case where the two halves come together, but I'm not totally sure if it's just fluid collecting there from somewhere else, or an actual leak at that join. The other is around the pan, which I guess is just a thing we deal with at this point. I'm using DPI's silicone seal, which is definitely better than the cork ones. I think I put it on dry, but I don't remember anymore.

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    Excellent -- I'll hunt them down, or whatever they cross-reference to. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jangell View Post
    Excellent -- I'll hunt them down, or whatever they cross-reference to. Thanks!
    Try using a 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo as a cross-reference. I *THINK* that's the cross-reference, but I'm not sure.

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    Well, I didnít even make it to the transmission cooler test. I poured in a quart of fluid, and found it dribbling out around the base of the tube. Itís basically how it was when I used the wrong sized O-ring.

    So I guess Iím ordering an otterstat seal and hopefully installing that this weekend. Iíll post an update again once thatís in and tested.

    Iíll also check for the Porsche crossover for that oil filter.

    Thanks!

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    Joe, I've heard that the otterstat seal works best for the auto transmission dipstick tube. I would just get another one of those.
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    Just to wrap this up:

    - The otterstat seal on the dipstick worked perfectly and there aren't any leaks there anymore. At least I'm pretty sure it's not leaking anymore (there's still left over fluid on the transmission). The dipstick doesn't quite sit vertical once mounted to the cylinder head, but it seems to be sealing just fine.

    - Unscrewing and re-attaching the cooler line seems to have fixed the leak there as well, so I think I'm good to go. There was a tiny bit of seeping that may have already been there from when it was last tightened up a week prior, so maybe it needs to be a touch tighter, but that's it -- it's not like it was before, where there were visible drops pooling on the floor of the garage. If it starts leaking again, I'll explore some of the other cooler options.

    My test was just to run the car up to operating temperature and then let it idle for a few minutes. Once I have a chance to drive it (next week sometime) I'll do another check for leaks just to be sure.

    Thanks again everyone!

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    Hooray! Easy fixes are great. They're so rare on these cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jangell View Post
    Just to wrap this up:

    - The otterstat seal on the dipstick worked perfectly and there aren't any leaks there anymore. At least I'm pretty sure it's not leaking anymore (there's still left over fluid on the transmission). The dipstick doesn't quite sit vertical once mounted to the cylinder head, but it seems to be sealing just fine.

    - Unscrewing and re-attaching the cooler line seems to have fixed the leak there as well, so I think I'm good to go. There was a tiny bit of seeping that may have already been there from when it was last tightened up a week prior, so maybe it needs to be a touch tighter, but that's it -- it's not like it was before, where there were visible drops pooling on the floor of the garage. If it starts leaking again, I'll explore some of the other cooler options.

    My test was just to run the car up to operating temperature and then let it idle for a few minutes. Once I have a chance to drive it (next week sometime) I'll do another check for leaks just to be sure.

    Thanks again everyone!

    -- Joe
    Any difficulty getting wrenches on these fittings? I ask because of hearing they are a pain in the butt to get loosened off (or tightened back up). I have had off and on leaks with my cooler lines for a while. I actually have both brand new cooler hoses ready to go, just haven't put them in yet. Those fittings aren't available at the moment as new replacements, so need to reuse the ones I have. One comment I heard was the tendency for the fitting to come out of the transmission, but not separate itself from the other half (that's connected to the hose). Maybe just a lot of unnecessary paranoia or fear factor in starting this job from reading too much about it and not enough just going ahead and doing it?


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    My friend had the wrenches on the cooler this time, so I can't really say what they were like.

    However, I did disconnect the transmission lines from the cooler when I pulled the engine and transmission a few years back. I left the hoses in the transmission, but I had a lot of trouble getting the one of them back on the cooler. From my notes, it seems that I wound up binding the rearward transmission cooler line to the point that I just assumed I was going to strip the threads in the line. I also wound up bending the metal portion of the line near the transmission. I decided to remove it instead, but my wrench just turned the adaptor on the transmission, and there wasn't enough clearance to turn it around completely from there. I wound up getting out my angle grinder and cutting off the line and ordering a replacement. I had to clamp the adaptor nut into a vice and put quite a lot of torque on the wrench to break it free from the line.

    So yeah, the fittings in the transmission do seem to come out with the lines sometimes. But you can just screw them back in after you get the old lines off of them.

    -- Joe

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