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    Default 5.0L oil pan

    so........... me and Mason my oldest son were upgrading his 88 bird week before last.

    he started talking about an oil cooler using the AC condensor .... i mentioned that he may need to allow for a different amount of oil in the pan in order to send oil into those large tubes and keep the engine lubed up.

    we had an old oil pan and put 2 gallons of water in it on a level surface.
    interestingly enough, the pan hold **EXACTLY** 8 qts of fluid before touching the front or rear seal oil pan depressions.

    thoughts on running more than 5qts?

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    Don't.
    First there's windage, I probably don't need to explain that. Second, have you ever seen what an engine does when it's 3 quarts overfull of oil? I've got stories I could tell about some of the potatoes I've worked with over the years and what they've done when they've forgotten to drain the oil.
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    Get a oil temp gauge, as long as it isn't past 240-250*F on the hottest days a cooler isn't needed... Oil is supposed to be run at 212*F, that's the temp oil is graded at... 10W-30W oil at 180* is more like 10W-40 at 212F...






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    Unless you're road racing don't bother with the oil cooler. I beat on my car on the street/strip and have never had an issue with the oil getting too hot.
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