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Username Post: 454 Oil Filter size?        (Topic#212783)
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03-24-09 07:45 AM - Post#1659563    

I'd like to change the oil on a 454 BBC for the family of my late friend's 55. Are all big block oil filter sizes the same? If so, what's the number/manufacture of the oil filter? I know, just crawl underneath and look stupid! But, I don't have the car and I'd like to pick one up before I get the car.




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03-24-09 07:50 AM - Post#1659568    
    In response to 56BUDDY

It should take the Fram PH13. There are other brands that are a diff color than Fram orange so it can be matched to the engine color. I know no one can see it but this is where my OCD kicks in
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Edited by Yellow63 on 03-24-09 07:52 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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03-24-09 08:11 AM - Post#1659588    
    In response to 69 SS396

Hey thanks! I appreciate it. So, the big block oil filters are the same size as a small block?

Thanks again.


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03-24-09 08:59 AM - Post#1659621    
    In response to 56BUDDY

Small block and big block are the same, get an AC PF1218. Leave the Frams for the Fords!
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03-24-09 09:33 AM - Post#1659651    
    In response to 56BUDDY

Just to clarify, the thread size and gasket location are the same for all Chevy V-8 factory spin-on oil filters, which means that they will physically screw on to the engine and not leak. However, the filter can is offered in several different lengths, which affects oil capacity, and in some cases, external clearance.

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03-24-09 09:40 AM - Post#1659656    
    In response to raycow


old # PF35 it can be run on small blocks as well

if you want a little more capacity.


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03-24-09 09:32 PM - Post#1660207    
    In response to 34CABRIOLET

I've been using Fleetguard LF692's for years on my 454. It's a 2 qt. truck spec filter. The extra length also makes it easier to remove with the headder tubes nearby.

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03-24-09 09:45 PM - Post#1660219    
    In response to 56BUDDY

The old PF35 has been replaced by the PF1218. You can also use the shorter PF454 for header clearance.

Last time I read an oil filter test, they cut open the cannisters and the Fram had a LOT less filtration material than the AC Delco.

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03-25-09 06:06 AM - Post#1660388    
    In response to MikeB

All of the above is good info.
Originally, in the spin-on version, the stock Delco filter was the 25, the larger was the 35 and then the BIG 2qt version for trucks (don't know the number).
As mentioned, forget the Fram.
WIX is accepted as one of the better filters available (there are other good brands) and now I ONLY use the longer, 2qt truck filter on all my Chevy engines. Chevy changed from the cannister to the spin-on filter with the 68 models and it doesn't matter if it is the 302 Z28 engine, 350, 396, 454 or anything in between------------IF IT'S A 68-LATER CHEVY ENGINE, it accepts the SAME filter!


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