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  • Transmission / Overdrive: 1950 automatic remote cooler for transmission

    Can a remote oil cooler coil be used for the 1950 automatic transmission?

    i plan on towiing with my 1950 Land Cruiser once it's working, and feel a transmission cooler would be necessary. Any suggestions?


  • #2
    the '50 automatic was not designed for a separate cooler. It is designed for cooling through some air ducts into the bell housing and over the torque converter/clutch unit. There are some test ports on the transmission but they are not designed to use for a cooler. They are to test pressures only.
    Be sure all the ducts are present, clean, and properly installed. This is a pretty heavy transmission that was over designed in many ways but I doubt whether it was meant for towing very much.


    • #3
      A 1950 Land Cruiser is pretty big and heavy car to start with. I hope that you are not planning on towing more than 500 pounds. They are not inexpensive transmissions to rebuild or replace. However, they are excellent transmissions when used as intended.
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer


      • #4
        i used to drive . . . well, aggressively. My 100 mph+ days on 1950 land cruisers are way behind me; now i drive like an old man [which i am]. i was thnking of towing intermittently, but may tow a small camping trailer later. i think with gradual, leisurely driving it will be okay.. my trans is now being rebuilt, so it will be like new. i think the styule of driving will be more important than the weioght, but not necaessarily in mountainous areas.

        okay; so no cooler.
        Last edited by alanahasan; 05-31-2011, 01:50 PM.


        • #5
          Remember that even if the transmission is up to the tow the brakes are ... well... Be sure to keep a plan B in mind.