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Old 01-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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I bought an oil cooler to put on the Miata. Hayden brand. Medium duty "Ultra-Cool." Cooler and oil filter adapter plate both have female 3/8 NPT so that I can use AN fittings and some decent hose/metal tubing. I've had a similar Hayden-brand oil cooler on my Fury since 1986, and it's still going strong.

Alas, 1986 = Made in USA. 2013 = Made in China. Check these out:

1st picture is the adapter plate on the oil filter side. Thermostatic coil and oil cooler feed outlet are clearly visible. So far, so good.


2nd picture is the adapter plate on the engine side. The cold temperature bypass hole is clearly visible. But where is the oil cooler inlet?!?


3rd picture makes it pretty clear that a CRITICAL hole has not been drilled. Amazing.


I'm feeling damn lucky right now. Would have been easy to just slap the parts on and go. Check over those parts, gents.
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ohh u vant 2 horrs? that extra 3 darra
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wonder if that is what is wrong with Lar's
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That's funny. Not the missing hole, but 18psi.
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Hmmmm . . . pork is cheaper than meatless. That means I must have the deluxe sandwich adapter . . . holeless.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #7
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I called Hayden Customer Service today to get a replacement sandwich adapter.

A human being (nice lady) answered. Props to Hayden for at least letting me speak to a human.

I described my situation and asked for a replacement adapter. "What is that, sir?"

Oh boy.
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I have a Transdapt relocation kit on one of my cars and just bought another for the other one.

The box came with the words Transdapt all over it, open it up and everything is in vacupac and reads Hamburgers.

Made in Merica!
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Made in Merica. LOL.

Actually got a call back from a Hayden engineer. He seemed genuinely concerned about the situation. Bottom line, I'll have a replacement adapter by Friday and they want me to send them the defective one so they can track down the supplier and do whatever they're going to do.

So, all's well I suppose. I'm glad that Hayden stood behind this. I wish we would make stuff in this country again.
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When u get the new one take a pic of both holes in the adapter. Both of the ones I have were not completely open holes, maybe 3/4 open like a cresent moon. I took a bit and smoothed the ports open a bit more and put a little radius too. I don't know if it would have been okay without but I felt better doing so.
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I have a Transdapt relocation kit on one of my cars and just bought another for the other one.

The box came with the words Transdapt all over it, open it up and everything is in vacupac and reads Hamburgers.

Made in Merica!
What does it mean that "everything ... reads Hamburgers?" That phrasing (and working 12 hour days?) is cracking me up.

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So, all's well I suppose. I'm glad that Hayden stood behind this. I wish we would make stuff in this country again.
Crazy situation; hopefully it's a one-off and not a whole batch that will be blowing up motors.

Also, you might be surprised at how much stuff is made in the USA and I'm crossing my fingers that we see a slow rebalance towards "on-shoring" in the intermediate term future. It's already happening in a number of industries (mostly those that use petrochemical feedstocks like natural gas liquids).
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The brand name was actually "Hamburgers"

It's funny to say, everytime. Who would name their company that, even if it is a family name.
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Made in Merica. LOL.

Actually got a call back from a Hayden engineer. He seemed genuinely concerned about the situation. Bottom line, I'll have a replacement adapter by Friday and they want me to send them the defective one so they can track down the supplier and do whatever they're going to do.

So, all's well I suppose. I'm glad that Hayden stood behind this. I wish we would make stuff in this country again.
You think its bad dealing with it from the consumer side... Though IMO India is worse for reasons that I cannot go into.
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When u get the new one take a pic of both holes in the adapter. Both of the ones I have were not completely open holes, maybe 3/4 open like a cresent moon. I took a bit and smoothed the ports open a bit more and put a little radius too. I don't know if it would have been okay without but I felt better doing so.
I just received the replacement adapter. Both holes are 1/2" diameter drilled holes (round).
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I just received the replacement adapter. Both holes are 1/2" diameter drilled holes (round).
Hopefully they are both drilled and also threaded, yes?
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Yes, they are both threaded.
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