[V8] the phoenix

d saad dsaad at icehouse.net
Fri May 18 12:04:40 EDT 2007

It is done.
The V8 has risen from the grease and carbon flakes

I got the new radiator installed and transmission oil
changed last night. The oil was a PITA, but I am glad I did it.
Immediately I noticed a difference in shifting. It seems much easier and
smoother. At this point, I do not recommend redline oil. Go with the

The radiator was a little disappointing in that the bolt
holes for the top mounts and the A/C cooler did not line up perfectly. I
did not think it was a big deal, but forcing the rubber mounts into the
top holes caused one of them (rubber mount) to tear loose. Probably not a
big deal, but I have to wonder why. Same for the A/C cooler - I had to
slightly force it to fit on the radiator. This is the real German OEM item

I had to remove the cross pipe and axle dust shield to get
the drain plug out. The good part was I had to drive the car off the ramps
with the headers open! Man that sounds fun. You would have thought it was
some big American V8.
Now, with the oil out, I had to figure out how
to get it back in. I ended up using a garden fertilizer pressure tank and
blowing the oil down the top oil cooler hose. I did not spill a drop this
way. In hind site, I probably could have sucked it out the bottom hose
too. Maybe next time.

So now this job is finally 100% done, it
is running great, and I don't want to twist another bolt for a long


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