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My 05-07 front end conversion and 6.0 trans cooler installation

Changing my 02 F250 to the 07-07 style front end. Figured I'd post a few pictures here to help keep me motivated.

Previous owner had installed a very nice Derale trans cooler with a dedicated fan to supplement the tiny factory trans cooler. It worked great and looked good, but it required trimming the grill and would interfere with the support brace on the new front end. I'll be changing it out for the much larger 6.0 transmission cooler. You can see it in the picture below behind the Ford oval. I pulled that off Saturday morning.



Today this is how she started, I never did adjust the chrome bumper, it should be an inch higher than it is.







And this is where it ended up:



I drove it like that to the coin wash and cleaned the nose and engine bay. hoping I didn't mess anything up

It looks like a lot, but it's amazing how quick it all comes off. 6 bolts hold the bumper on. 4 for the grill. 4 for the lower head lights, and 8 for the core support.

Not sure how I want to adapt the 1/2" 6.0 lines to the 3/8" lines. I got some fittings from Lowes today, but it's going to take 4 pieces for each line, lot of places to leak. And then I realized how beneficial a 90 degree angle would be. Having the bumper off makes this much easier.

Looking online, these are $7 each from mcmaster carr:


I could also order a 1/2" to 3/8" barbed reducer as well.

Here is another option, but has a lot of places to leak, and I'm sure about flow .



Neither was that guy. so he had these made up:



I'm gonna do some calling around tomorrow and see what I can get to work.

If I have to order parts, I'd like to get that little trans filter too. Will work for now until I upgrade to the big daddy.

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Nice work so far man! Looks good and good luck with the install. Do you already have all the new front end parts?

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Nice work so far man! Looks good and good luck with the install. Do you already have all the new front end parts?

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Yup, got a good deal on a take off bumper for 100, got an oem grill for 155, asian head lights with wiring adapter for 160, and an asian header panel for $42. $180 to paint the stuff. traded for the cooler even.

Ordered adapter from McMaster-Carr today, should have them in tomorrow. also ordered a Magnefine filter, not sure when that will come in though.
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Got the transmission cooler installed last night, kinda of a pain. Bravo to all the guys that do this with the front end still on the truck.

The lines are routed different though, here was my idea



Does this routing look ok?



Will be friday evening or saturday before I get to spend more time working on it.[/QUOTE]
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Got the new trans filter in from Magenfilter. Installed it tonight, then bolted on the header panel and head lights. Doesn't seem like much but took a lot of little tweaking. Set the grill on to see how she's looking.

Hope to finish it up this weekend. Have to buy a bunch more mobile1 synthetic ATF... at $10 a quart!





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finished it up today, a lot of work to make it look like a stock truck :-P





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looks sick man!! nice work!

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Got the transmission cooler installed last night, kinda of a pain. Bravo to all the guys that do this with the front end still on the truck.

The lines are routed different though, here was my idea



Does this routing look ok?
Did you have any issues fitting the new cooler in the truck? I ask because I installed a 6.0 cooler in my 2001 last week and the write-up I followed said to install the cooler the opposite way you did; with the 90 degree tabs on the bottom brackets facing the engine. Im wondering if the write-up I followed was wrong. I don't think it matters though, because the cooler is not directional...I was just curious. The facelift looks great. I keep thinking about doing it to mine, but I like the old font end too.

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Did you have any issues fitting the new cooler in the truck? I ask because I installed a 6.0 cooler in my 2001 last week and the write-up I followed said to install the cooler the opposite way you did; with the 90 degree tabs on the bottom brackets facing the engine. Im wondering if the write-up I followed was wrong. I don't think it matters though, because the cooler is not directional...I was just curious. The facelift looks great. I keep thinking about doing it to mine, but I like the old font end too.
I didn't seem to have any issue. I skimmed the install writeups, but didn't notice that point.
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