View Full Version : Oil bath filter elements

02-15-2007, 12:42 PM
Having read the last topic, I was wondering if there are any stude vendors or auto shops that would carry the oil bath filter element used in early 50's oil bath cleaners. Don't know what they are made out of, some kind of meshed up material (horsehair maybe?) Mine is kind of disintegrated. Would like to replace it. I'm real 'greenie' at this kind of stuff. Thank you for your replies.

Dave D.
'51 4-dr Champion
Smithers, B.C.

02-15-2007, 09:34 PM
You might try either Studebaker International or SASCO. SI has the element advertised for the V8 wet aircleaner. The part number is 536774, it's about forty dollars. You might be able to cut to fit yours. Give em a call, they just might have what you're looking for.

Those filter elements, by the way, were made of a type of woven grass. The same thing was also used for packing material. The predicessor to styrofoam peanuts. They still pack gourmet fruit and veggies in it.

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Lotsa Larks!
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Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

02-16-2007, 01:30 PM
heh! Dave, about 2 feet from this chair, hangs a new, steel mesh, oil bath air cleaner element. It came to me when I bought a "lot" of Stude parts off ebay awhile back. I could easily be talked out of it.
It's really a tube of woven steel (maybe stainless since there isn't a hint of rust on it!). It's 6ft in lenght and 6 inches wide. Sorta reminds me of some fishnet stockings I've had the pleasure of removing from ladies legs![:0][:p]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

02-16-2007, 09:35 PM
Sounds like something Biggs would put in a "What is it" post.:D

02-16-2007, 10:34 PM
Right on Bob! However, ....I wanna filter that traps dirt, not fish. Your steel stuff sounds like a real loose weave if it reminds you of those stockings I'm thinking of. And 6' long? Maybe it is a fishnet. My old stuff here is 2 pieces, each about 1 1/2" thick, placed back to back (total thickness 3") with a 3" hole in the centre. Having looked at it again, I think it may be salvageable - probably just needs a darn good kerosene bath. Most of the stranding is still in place. But thanks for the offer.
By the way, did you have a chance to look for that Redmond electric wiper motor you thought you could sell me?

Dave D.
'51 4-dr Champion
Smithers, B.C.