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Oil cooler assembly help

I ended up having to buy a new cooler, it is a little different than the stock one that came off (it is a Ford part though). The end caps fit on in multiple positions, do they ahve to go on a certain way? Just looking at it it looks like each head has an oil passage that should line up with the oil "entry hole" into the cooler section. There are no alignment tabs to keep it in that position though. Does it matter which end goes on what side of the cooler? The old write ups are there but the pics cannot be viewed.
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A little different in what way? And no the flow doesn't matter, meaning end caps can go on either end as I recall.

I can't remember if there are official line up tabs. What I've found helps is to us a nylon strap to hold the end caps on and aid in alignment when sliding into place. By making a loop end to end with the strap then when installed just undo the strap. I'd use only Ford, cooler to block gaskets as I've ran into problems with international ones. Ensure you DO NOT I repeat do NOT over tighten the front bolts. The risk here is you'll crack the housing the cooler bolts thread into and that means pulling and replacing the front cast aluminum engine cover. Ran into this by using international gaskets once upon a time, over tightened and I'd recommend not going down that path. Antifreeze and engine oil travel through this cooler so it's important to have clean block/gasket/cooler interfaces. Iirc I put a thin film of quality grease on the mating surfaces, to aid in sealing. Sorry I don't remember the torque specs for the bolts, do a search here they'll be here.

As I recall installing the front gasket is a bugger and what I ended up doing if memory serves is using the aforementioned strap, install rear bolt or two loosely to hold that end of cooler roughly to block. Then pushing the front gasket into place from under side inside the frame rail. Would be easier with two bodies. Hope that makes sense.

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Re: Oil cooler assembly help

Where did you get the oil cooler at? Is it a Ford or aftermarket one?

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Where did you get the oil cooler at? Is it a Ford or aftermarket one?
Ford, I got it from Dieselorings.com - the difference is the original had tabs and this one has pins.
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A little different in what way? And no the flow doesn't matter, meaning end caps can go on either end as I recall.

I can't remember if there are official line up tabs. What I've found helps is to us a nylon strap to hold the end caps on and aid in alignment when sliding into place. By making a loop end to end with the strap then when installed just undo the strap. I'd use only Ford, cooler to block gaskets as I've ran into problems with international ones. Ensure you DO NOT I repeat do NOT over tighten the front bolts. The risk here is you'll crack the housing the cooler bolts thread into and that means pulling and replacing the front cast aluminum engine cover. Ran into this by using international gaskets once upon a time, over tightened and I'd recommend not going down that path. Antifreeze and engine oil travel through this cooler so it's important to have clean block/gasket/cooler interfaces. Iirc I put a thin film of quality grease on the mating surfaces, to aid in sealing. Sorry I don't remember the torque specs for the bolts, do a search here they'll be here.

As I recall installing the front gasket is a bugger and what I ended up doing if memory serves is using the aforementioned strap, install rear bolt or two loosely to hold that end of cooler roughly to block. Then pushing the front gasket into place from under side inside the frame rail. Would be easier with two bodies. Hope that makes sense.

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Thanks, I will remember that when I install it in the morning. I figured out how to get it together, the main thing is to line up the oil passages on each head with the "hole" om each end where it enters the cooler.
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