Project Riviera TH400 Rebuild

Discussion in 'The "Juice Box"' started by 70rivme, May 30, 2020.

  1. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    Most pans that require the longer parts come with them
     
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  2. 70rivme

    70rivme Well-Known Member

    I hate to do it, but I might run a stock pan for a bit and no external trans cooler. I wanted the aluminum pan to help cool things down a bit and a deep pan is probably not the best idea as a deep 400 pan is getting close to sitting even or slightly below the frame rails. So it looks like a stock shorty pan is going back on. I feel like these always leak no matter what, but i'll give it a try. I have been brainstorming an external cooler and the Derale 16 row stacked from Larry's thread will end up fitting the bill. It's the routing of the -6 lines to get to where the cooler will be in a Riv that is making it a little difficult right now. There is no great open place to route -6 lines and keep the run of hose from getting too long. This is why I might skip the external cooler for a bit in favor of getting the car back on the road. I bought a -6 line kit from Vincos off of Amazon that has some good reviews and comes with most of the fittings that I would need as well. Kind of excited to see how well the kit works to at least get the trans lines to the radiator cooler.
     
  3. 70rivme

    70rivme Well-Known Member

    So back where I started, instead of getting the trans cooler I opted for a Derale standard height pan with the cooling tubes running through it. 50° temp drop they claim so this may very well be what I need until I can get a cooler lined up and plumbed nicely. The pan is decent, better than stock and better than the baseline aluminum one I had posted about but nothing exceptional to brag about. A decent alternative I will call it. Got my JW 9.5 the other day and that looks like a nifty piece. Not sure I have ever laid eyes on a converter that small but hopefully it is exactly what the Riv needs! So far the newly rebuilt trans is in place, tomorrow I will prime the motor which I should have already done but I slacked, install the shorty headers and finally install the motor. Hopefully soon I will be living the Riv life!
     
  4. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    Getting closer
     
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  5. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    I'm running that same trans pan along with a stand alone trans cooler and my tranny never gets passed 160. I have a 7" electric fan mounted to the cooler that can be turned on by a switch just incase I ever get stuck in traffic on a hot day and the temps were to creep up pretty high I could cool the trans back down.
     
  6. 70rivme

    70rivme Well-Known Member

    I think it might have been a video of yours where I noticed the pan and that is what put the Derale pan into play for me. What kind of cooler did you use on the Riv and did you just mount it to the radiator/condenser?
     
  7. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    I think I know what video you're talking about and yes it's mounted in front of the A/C cooler in front of the radiator. If you want pics let me know and I can post them for you. Most people run the trans through the rad then the secondary cooler, I decided stand alone system approach was best for what I wanted and it hasn't let me down yet. As for brand I started out with a B&M cooler but felt it was too small and moved up to a Borgs&Warner plate/ fin cooler and it's been phenomenal!
     
  8. 70rivme

    70rivme Well-Known Member

    Post up some pics of your setup when you get a chance, appreciate it!
     
  9. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    Will do! It's pouring rain here right now so I'll try and get a few in the next day or so.
     

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