Ok, got an 89 GMC K3500 extended cab(124K) with a 454, A/C and a th400.
Spent about 1500 so far reconditioning it, including a radiator and
all hoses, fan clutch, plus usual stuff, plugs wires... and some other
stuff that has nothing to do with cooling.
I'm going to be towing a 5000 lb 30 ft trailer through the mountains, I
should say 5000 empty, probably more like 7K when I tow it, plus about
1000 lbs in the truck bed.
My first question is should I get an external tranny cooler, if so what
size? and the much debated question(i've read about 20 threads on this)
should I bypass the radiator? The radiator is brand spankin new as of
last weekend, and when I changed tranny fluid, it looks/smells good.
Second question, do I need to add an external oil cooler as well? What
size? Also same question as above, should I bypass the radiator or go
Ok third question, should i add a remote trans filter kit? I'm not
sold on this idea yet, but it would be nice for mounting sending unit
for trans temp guage.
And last, what guages would you add? Factory I have water temp,
battery, oil pressure. I want to add trans temp, oil temp, and a tach.
Also, any thoughts on the best way/place to hook up the oil temp and
tranny temp ones?
I know a lot of these questions have been asked before and I have read
through old posts.. but Doc, Dean, Gary, if you guys are out there, I'd
love to hear what you have to say... I'm a newbie to the board but from
looking through old posts, it's pretty clear who I should be listenin