Interesting read on the air filter Scoutpilot. What is your thought/opinion on the paper filter conversion for these old air filters? On the "G' there are a few threads and how-tos to make the conversion.
Can the old oil bath filter be cleaned and reused? Awhile back during my restoration I did the conversion on the air filter. I still have the old filter but wasn't sure if it would be any good to still use.
Paper filters have come a long way in their design and efficiency. But I’ve found that, for the money, the oil bath is much more economical in that it can be drained, cleaned and refilled. It’s durability exceeds paper elements. It can filter out a lot more dirt and dust than a paper element. So I would have to say that just because there is a product doesn’t necessarily mean you need it.
I remember reading a post on another forum, I can't remember which one, but a fellow did the paper conversion and it turned his air cleaner housing into a rust bucket because the oil was no longer present...
I agree with Scout.....
For our application, a functioning oil bath air cleaner is the best way to go....
We have miles to jeep before we sleep! “Keep the Lord in your heart, and keep your powder dry.” from the song “In The Mean Time” by Chris Knight.
Post by oilleaker1 on Aug 12, 2016 19:59:15 GMT -5
Some oil type have a removable wire mesh and are easy to clean. Others do not and take patience, solvent, air, and alot of work to clean the mesh. That said, they work fantastic. Whenever I go on a week long Jeep event and get home, I pull the bowl off the bottom and am amazed at how much dirt it has caught. If you wash your engine well, I' d remove the bowl again. Water does get in through the fins in the back. Alot of bowls rusted out due to this water. The cross tube remains clean. I like them. John
I went the paper air filter route because I was sure that if ever a guy would have the oil bath to spill all over the garage, it'd be me. Without having any expertise on jeeps at all, let alone the oil bath v. paper filter, I can't say there was a decrease in performance. I rarely drove my jeep, unlike you daily driving types, so I would bet that the paper filter wasn't impacted. However, after catching up on all the threads on this forum, I got to thinking that after I blew the head gasket who knows what I might find. I do, however have plenty of time to take it apart and inspect the filter, so based on the recommendations of you guys I may return to "normal" operation. It will never be a factory restoration, but I can at least let it run how it was designed, I reckon!