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Old December 11th, 2013, 07:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'68 Cutlass Trans Cooler Line Spacing

I have a '68 Cutlass with a three row Harrison radiator. I recently purchased a set of transmission cooler lines from Inline Tube. They do not come close to matching. The distance/spread between the lines on my radiator is about 12.5 inches. Can anyone confirm if this is the length on their '68 radiator?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah. This is a problem.

I cannot definitely tell you the right spacing for your car, but if I recall, the sixties cars had the two radiator fittings spaced farther apart, while sometime in the seventies they moved them closer together.

Very often replacement radiators have the closer-spaced fittings, and it is a PIA.
I don't know the solution (I'm not a highfalutin' restorer, so I just re-bend the lines), but I'm sure someone else here has a better solution.

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Thanks Eric....I didn't know that later radiators had the narrower spacing. My original lines were trash, so I bought news. Hate to start re-bending if I can re-order. Does anyone else possibly know for a 1968 Cutlass?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a '68 Cutlass with a three row Harrison radiator. I recently purchased a set of transmission cooler lines from Inline Tube. They do not come close to matching. The distance/spread between the lines on my radiator is about 12.5 inches. Can anyone confirm if this is the length on their '68 radiator?
Thanks, Mike

~12.5" is what it is in my (what I believe to be the original ) 4 core rad ...
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Thanks Indy 68,

Appreciate you taking the time to look at your '68. Apparently, Inline Tube sent the wrong lines.

Thanks again, Mike
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Thanks Indy 68,

Appreciate you taking the time to look at your '68. Apparently, Inline Tube sent the wrong lines.

Thanks again, Mike
Happy to help...! We '68 guys have to stick together !

ILT may not know they are the wrong lines. I've run into quite a bit of parts that (even the major) vendors think are correct for '68-'72, and may be correct for '69 ...or '69-'72, but are not correct for '68s.

Not sure if that's the case here, though. But, '68's do have a lot of oddball/one-year-only parts ....
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