Taking a Powder

Taking a Powder

Even though the truck is stored for the winter, I am fortunate in that I have enough room to continue working on it. So over the past few weeks, I have cleaned up a United partial flow oil filter and an original AC oil bath air cleaner. I then had them powder coated semi-gloss black. Thanks to Jay at Apex Powder Coating in Middleton, WI, they turned out amazing. The air filter media was difficult to clean prior to powder coating, and although I did my best, it still caused quite a bit of smoke at the powder coaters!

Air Cleaner Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Air Cleaner Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

The air filter is pretty much ready to go now as is. I only wish I could find an original clamp for it. It had a regular hose clamp on it with a thin strip of rubber on it between the clamp and the filter. I will be doing pretty much the same thing for the time being.

When I drove my ā€˜53 R-110, I used to add engine oil to the oil bath filter (10W-30 at the time). However, after doing some more research, a heavier weight oil should be used during the summer, so I will be using a 50 weight oil as per the manual.

Air Cleaner Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Air Cleaner Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

The oil filter canister turned out especially nice, considering the shape it looked to be in when I bought it. It will be plumbed using a flexible line for the outlet, and a 1/4ā€ copper/nickel hard line for the inlet. The outlet line goes to an engine plug located just below the filter, to the right of the dipstick. The inlet line, however, goes around the back of the engine to a plug adjacent to the oil pressure sender. Iā€™m still working on getting the correct fittings and will set up another post when I am ready to install.

I found the correct filter for the oil filter canister, which is a United JC unit; and the best filter for it is a Baldwin JC405. I was also fortunate enough to locate some period-correct decals for both the air filter and oil filter from Jim Osborne Reproductions.

While I was at it, I also had Jay powder coat a dipstick I found on eBay to replace my rusty unit, an accelerator pedal and an engine breather tube as well. They too turned out beautiful.

Smoke at Powder Coating Facility During Period When Air Cleaner Was in Oven

Smoke at Powder Coating Facility During Period When Air Cleaner Was in Oven

 

Smokey Oven With Air Cleaner Assembly

Smokey Oven With Air Cleaner Assembly

 

Air Cleaner Assembly After Powder Coating

Air Cleaner Assembly After Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

Oil Filter Assembly Prior to Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Assembly After Powder Coating

Oil Filter Assembly After Powder Coating

 

Oil Filter Bracket After Powder Coating

Oil Filter Bracket After Powder Coating

 

Engine Dipstick After Powder Coating

Engine Dipstick After Powder Coating

 

Engine Breather Tube Prior to Powder Coating

Engine Breather Tube Prior to Powder Coating

 

Engine Breather Tube After Powder Coating

Engine Breather Tube After Powder Coating

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