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Username Post: Change over to paper air filter tips?        (Topic#354901)
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01-19-19 09:13 AM - Post#2757720    

Want to change the ‘spaceship’ oil filter over to a paper or foam type. Have no idea what size filter nor what needs to be done to accomplish this. Reason: I don’t have the insides or oil bath and a PO modified the lower housing fit a later carb.
The major suppliers don’t seem to address this issue in their catalogs unless I missed it. 1957 283 c.i. with Carter 4bbl. (4-7/32”). Thanks.

Edited by Beltfed on 01-19-19 09:18 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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01-19-19 12:24 PM - Post#2757739    
    In response to Beltfed

Probably have to clean it up and go to a parts store that will take the time to dig through their supply and trial fit the elements until one fits. JMHO

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01-19-19 03:53 PM - Post#2757752    
    In response to 57tim

We do that same thing with radiator hoses when we drop a non stock motor into a engine bay. I’ve cut sections out of some pricey rubber to get what I need. I guess I’m off to my FLAPS.

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01-19-19 04:32 PM - Post#2757755    
    In response to Beltfed

Are you trying to keep the original cleaner and just retro fit a modern element, or just want a paper filter setup? You can get aftermarket chrome air cleaners, like Mr. Gasket, but you'll need an adaptor for the WCFB. If you go this route, use the plastic adaptor for a template to make a metal one, as the first time it backfires, the plastic one will melt!

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01-19-19 05:16 PM - Post#2757761    
    In response to craig32

What I’m trying to do is keep the original outside looks of the air cleaner while upgrading to a paper element. I don’t have the insides and the carb hole has been enlarged to 5”. I have reworked a plastic adapter for a pattern. I see no options other than a paper/foam air filter for the inside.
I would think many tri-five owners have made this changeover much like the spin on oil filter.

Edited by Beltfed on 01-19-19 05:17 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

Lee T 
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01-21-19 12:10 AM - Post#2757840    
    In response to Beltfed ...

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01-21-19 04:45 PM - Post#2757900    
    In response to Beltfed

i think ecklers has one listed that will fit right in the original housing.

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Lee T 
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01-22-19 01:22 AM - Post#2757933    
    In response to 62chevy427

Yes, that is the one in the link I posted.

Replacement Filter
Fits 1957-58 2 & 4-Barrel Air Cleaners
Replaces Original Oil Bath Element

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01-23-19 08:19 AM - Post#2758002    
    In response to Beltfed

1957 4 bbl:
K&N E-3630
WIX 42050
Purolator A30005 (the A30067 is just about 1/8" too short. A small gasket or thin weatherstrip will make it fit)
Fram CA-1 or CA-151
Hastings AF5
Car Quest 87050 above 053007T2


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01-23-19 06:17 PM - Post#2758053    
    In response to Jalapeno

Thanks much guys. I will visit my FLAPS in the next couple of days with the above information. Got talked into help pulling the engine out of a 64 Chevy truck today and more tomorrow by my nephew. I jump at any chance to help the next generation learn to love and work on vehicles with carburetors.
Bone stock except for dual master cylinder.

Edited by Beltfed on 01-23-19 06:18 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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