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External oil cooler?

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bdh911 Brad Hall
Skaneateles, NY, USA   USA
The PO of my 1963 Series 3 had maintained the existing oil filter, but installed an extant oil cooler with a cooling fan and radiator behind the front grill. Overkill? Issues with oil circulation and cooling on stock set ups? Thx.

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ahaugland Silver Member Alex Haugland
Eugene, Oregon, USA   USA
I don't know of any issues with the stock setup, but the oil cooler isn't likely to hurt. It having its own fan seems a little excessive, if I'm understanding your description correctly... MGAs and MGBs frequently had an external oil cooler factory installed, as well as other higher performance models of cars like the Mini Cooper S. Though not necessarily required, it gives a little more cooling capacity to the engine as it reduces the temperature of the oil, preventing the coolant and thus the radiator from having to absorb that heat instead. It also increases the oil capacity of the car a bit, which also helps cool the oil in itself. If things don't leak, I'd probably leave it in place. If you're trying to take the car back to concours condition or if it leaks like a sieve, then I'd look at removing it, but otherwise, it's a plus, providing a little more insurance for the wellbeing of the car.

--Alex Haugland
Eugene, Oregon
USA

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sunalp2 Francis Borg
Melbourne, VIC, Australia   AUS
Rootes offered an oil cooler as an accessory.

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