Stefano Pasini

 


Fitting an oil cooler (June 2012)

Bristol 409 Oil Cooler
Bristol 409 Oil Cooler
Bristol 409 Oil Cooler

June 2012. The new larger 'puller' fan with curved blades and a proper cowling was fitted in October 2011 and it works quite well, but in April/May Anna and I clocked several hundred miles in our going to the Mille Miglia, the Concorso Villa d'Este, Forte dei Marmi etc, and on the long highway runs over 85 mph the water temperature often climbed over 100C; I had been advised that fitting an oil cooler could improve the situation, so I asked Marco Gordini to fit one.

He did a very neat job fitting a cooling circuit based on a Range Rover oil rad whilst the oil filter adaptor, pipes and connectors were ordered from Summit in USA. Fitting it required some creativity but the end result is very tidy.

I must admit that the water temperature has not changed much during the 270+miles trip to and from Forte dei Marmi that we did last week-end. At least it's reassuring to know that the lubricating system now contains 1,5 more litres of oil and this will help that big V8 anyway....

The top picture shows the oil filter adaptor in place, the second the radiator installed on the front chassis, and the third the very nice custom-cut grille to allow a good air exchange