If You Can't Stand The Heat...
911 & Porsche World|December 2017

American correspondent, Matt Stone, sets about getting his oil cooler working just so in the Californian heat, which, let’s face it, is not something us mainly chilly Europeans have to worry about.

The California Carrera has been doing most everything right lately. The last major items including an alternator/regulator/diode pack and battery replacement has made the electrics as robust as new. The AC is holding charge, and the formerly fiddly high/low beam switch is staying well adjusted. During this most crazy hot west coast summer, I noticed the car running a little warmer than usual, so I investigated appropriate cooling upgrades, which of course included consulting my Go To Guy, Tony Callas; he being the epicentre of Callas Rennsport. We discussed the finned oil cooling tubes that folks like Elephant Racing produce, and I even plied him about the notion of a second or larger replacement cooler.

He said the place to start was making sure the factory cooler and its thermocontrolled fan were in good nick, adding that “at factory setting the fan normally doesn’t come on until it’s nearly too late anyway” and that he’s developed a rewire and thermocouple replacement upgrade that kicks the oil cooler fan in at much lower temperatures, and considering the rest of the oil tubes, engine and other systems are solid that it might be enough to better manage the temp gauge: $750 all in, which seemed like a logical place to begin, and also cheaper than any of the other alternatives I’d been looking at.

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