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11/11/09 9:58am - Original Message: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

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The short sections of "rubber" hose that connects my transmission cooler lines to the radiator connections are leaking.  Ive tried clamps but I think the rubber lines just need to be replaced.  Is there some special formulation hose I need to get for this or would a length of rubber fuel line work without softening with the trans fluid circulating through?

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11/11/09 10:31am - Reply: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Regular fuel line will work fine. There are some specific application rubber lines that are a little better, as in thicker walled, but fuel line/hose will do the job nicely, as long as it is not the cheapest crap on the shelf.



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11/11/09 11:46am - Reply: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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Thanks Joel, thats what I needed to know.

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11/11/09 5:28pm - Reply: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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Most any auto parts store should sell the reinforced (w/string between layers) neoprene style fuel line. Most importantly, is the proper inside diameter measurement. I've pulled 3/8" ID hose off both of the '78s when leaks were present. Obviously it's what ever the last owner had lying around. The wrong size hose will certainly start leaking again even w/clamps. I believe 5/16" hose is correct, but I'm not positive.

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11/11/09 8:22pm - Reply: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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Thanks Jimmy, Ill check the ID closely.  Ive tried double clamping the ones that are on there and they still drip occasionally.

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11/12/09 12:11am - Reply: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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The metal lines are 5/16", and they should have flares on the ends that the hoses go onto. 

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11/12/09 9:11am - Reply: 'Flexible trans cooler lines'
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Thanks Joel, that will keep me from having to remove the old ones and measuring before having the replacement hose on hand.

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