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What is this engine part?
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This is probably a very simple question, but what is this on my V8? I didn't see anything about it in the literature. It appears to contain oil and drain into the intake manifold.

My understanding is that the vented cap next to it is the oil filler cap, so I'm a bit lost as to the purpose of this.

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Posted on: 12/12 12:55
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Engine is stuck-ish.
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Re: What is this engine part?
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It's the oil filter canister with a replaceable element inside. On cars with factory A/C, the compressor is there and the filter is on the other side.

Posted on: 12/12 12:57
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Filter was also optional on some Clipper models so not all will have one. It does not drain into the intake manifold but into a port in the block just in front of the manifold next to the filler tube opening. Filtered oil will drop into the engine interior and eventually work its way down into the crankcase.

Posted on: 12/12 12:59
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Thanks guys, to be honest I didn't really notice the other line running to it. Hence a significant portion of my confusion.

Is it normal for the oil to not drain out of it all the way when the car is parked? It was probably about 1/3 full.

Posted on: 12/12 19:00
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Re: What is this engine part?
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Yes, normal. That's to allow a space for the filtered sludge to accumulate. Use a suction gun to remove it prior to installing a new element. If you use a cloth to wipe it clean, make certain it's a lint-free one.

Posted on: 12/12 19:10
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Re: What is this engine part?
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Humanpotatohybris

Think along the lines of a turkey baster . . . I’ve been using those for years, but somewhere along the way the glass tube became plastic, so I can’t get all that chemically aggressive when I clean it for the next use. A couple of cut off one gallon milk jugs make convenient locations to deal with the filter, and then the excess oil in the bottom of the filter housing. There are filter housings that have a 1/8 pipe plug near the bottom to drain the housing, but unless it’s in a convenient place you might make a bigger mess than using the baster.

No I don’t borrow my wife’s kitchen utensils, and strongly suggest you equally refrain . . . that would surely get both of us in trouble.

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Posted on: 12/12 20:47
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I bought an expensive had pump designed to move oils which did the trick nicely on my 1954. It pumped out the oil directly into a jug.

Posted on: 12/12 20:55
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