External oil coolers

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Posted on July 21 2010

Love them or hate them, they will probably always be around the classic Japanese car scene.  Most of you know they first appeared on the Hakosuka race cars in the early 70′s.

I understand them on track cars, the mounting always seemed to me to be very functional.  But the super long oil lines have always bothered me.  I guess on a race car its always about functionality over anything else and straight fittings are just plain simpler.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this Celica to death but in my opinion the oil cooler lines are just plain silly, no matter what style you’re going for.

Anyways, I’m rambling again.  The only reason I even brought up this topic of externally mounted oil coolers is because I came across  the first tastefully mounted one I’ve ever seen on a Hakosuka.

Ooooohhhh  that’s clean!   See what a couple of 90 degree fittings and clever mounting will get you?  Then again maybe I’m missing the point, and they’re supposed to be mounted all crudely and mad max style.  Just like anything else I guess it’s all a matter of preference.  But If I do ever build a track ready Hakosuka, the oil cooler will not have 2 feet of extra line ;)   And because that C10 Skyline is so damn sexy how about another pic?

So simple, so clean, so in love.

And you can do whatever you want with your oil coolers,  but let’s at least keep your  intercoolers where they’re supposed to be……  ha ha!!

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