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[VintageLambo] burst oil cooler pipe


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A salutory tale:- Out in my 400gt 2+2 at night at the w/end, late and driving quickly, passing a car at 80mph in a country lane and had a problem at front of my car which felt like a blow out, went to brake and car skidded violently, accompanied by clouds of acrid white smoke, plunging oil pressure - all this in a matter of seconds of course. Came to a stop - thankfully no crash. Cause was a burst oil cooler hose - total oil loss in 200 yards - oil over the whole car including front brakes and tyres (which caused the skid), 100 degree oilover RH manifolds andexhaust system, lucky the car did not catch fire....oil over the road, everywhere. Never seen so much damn oil! - it took me a day to clean the engine bay and underside of my car. I"m getting a new hose made up and hopefully there is no damage to the engine. Will hook up at the weekend to see. Anyway - moral of story - check your hoses!!! Post mortem shows that on full lock my hose was chaffing hence the weakness. :-(( Clive


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