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Old 09-23-2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default 1953 chevy 235 oil system

i recently bought a 53 chevy bel-air,3 on tree....it has a oil filter on the side of the intake,but it isnt hooked up,do i need to hook this up,what is the best way to hook it up.the casting numbers beside the distrubtor are (LAAb9I00b) i havent been able to find anything but the first 3 letters,which i believe means that its a 1953 motor made in flint,michigan.
another question is it hard to convert it to 12volts?say i wanted to bag it later on i would have to convert it to 12volt system to run my 12volt air compressor,right? sorry for all the stupid questions,this is all new to me,but im loving it
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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come on people help me out
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:56 PM   #3
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: 1953 chevy 235 oil system

This is a link for a 6v-12v conversion for a 54 chevy but i think its the same for a 53
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http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com...s/5412volt.htm
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: 1953 chevy 235 oil system

First off do you know thats a splash oiling babbit bearing motor if its the original one, 54 was the first year for insert bearings with a stick shift. My dad bought a brand new stick 54 chevy which ended up my first car in 1960 is how I know. Before I spent a bunch of money on it Id be finding a later motor with insert bearings
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:16 PM   #6
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yes it is a splash oil motor,with that said do i need to hook that filter up or just take it off? their has to be a reason that the previous owner didnt have it hooked up.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:41 PM   #7
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yes it is a splash oil motor,with that said do i need to hook that filter up or just take it off? their has to be a reason that the previous owner didnt have it hooked up.
The previous owner may have been a "amateur engineer" or a paste-eater ... I'd figure if the GM engineers designed the thing to have a filter you are faced with the latter. When at his poorest my brother bypassed his too save money on the oil and couldn't afford a new filter. The oil pressure was affected by the "shorter trip" and 50 weight. I suspect there is good reason to run it... I'd certainly remove the filter housing and thoroughly inspect it for cracks/leaks and etc.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #8
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yes it is a splash oil motor,with that said do i need to hook that filter up or just take it off? their has to be a reason that the previous owner didnt have it hooked up.

Why? Maybe ( or probably ) the rockers were not getting oil, and if you shut off the filter line, you do get a bit more line pressure that may have gotten more oil to the rocker shafts.


there is a simple fix for that oil problem to the rockers, but I forgot where I read it. Keep searching
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #9
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ok i aperciate the help
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:51 PM   #10
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The oil canister mounted on the intake was an option. It only has a small line running to it so the help in filtering oil is minimal. Most engines didn't have that filter because it didn't help much. Change the oil frequently will help more. I have seen remote racing type installed somewhere on an inliners website, but it required machining a tapped hole in the block. In the early 60's Chev. came out with at 262 that had a spin on oil filter. They are not easy to find. They are the same as the 235 block.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:19 PM   #11
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261: 1954, not the same block.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:33 PM   #12
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In the early 60's Chev. came out with at 262 that had a spin on oil filter. They are not easy to find. They are the same as the 235 block.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:41 PM   #13
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throw it away!!! if its a splasher, you dont need it!!! just keep the oil clean and run the snot out of it!!! there pretty tuff!!!!
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:42 PM   #14
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buy the way, panic is right!!!
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:31 PM   #15
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I have a 53 chevy 210 sitting in the driveway, that I try to take for a ride once a week.

Since it's a 3 on the tree, it's a 235 dipper motor. They automatic was a different motor entirely (even the master cylinder was different!).

The oil filter doesn't do much at all. It filters what just happens to be passing through that line, and not much actually does. Without it hooked up, it'll just go the other route which is there anyways, and not cause any problems at all.

As for converting to 12v, it's not that hard at all. Just follow those directions above to convert the 54. It's exactly the same step for step. I haven't done it yet, but I'm hoping to do it this winter.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:51 PM   #16
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The oil filter doesn't do much at all. It filters what just happens to be passing through that line, and not much actually does. Without it hooked up, it'll just go the other route which is there anyways, and not cause any problems at all.


Not completely true. It filters about 15% of the oil. that means every 8 minutes or so all the oil has been filtered. The filters are also capable of capturing particles more thoroughly than todays filters.

These 235 filters get a bad rap for doing "nothing". IMO, they are worthwhile - just different than we are used to today.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:21 PM   #17
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First off do you know thats a splash oiling babbit bearing motor if its the original one, 54 was the first year for insert bearings with a stick shift. My dad bought a brand new stick 54 chevy which ended up my first car in 1960 is how I know. Before I spent a bunch of money on it Id be finding a later motor with insert bearings
Just to keep it straight, powerglide equipped cars in 1953 came with the full pressure oil system motor. 1953 manual tranny cars came with babbit motors. I'd hate to think somebody would junk a powerglide motor thinking it's no good from reading a couple of posts, lol.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:16 PM   #18
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if you needs some pictures of the hose routing mine has the filter housing on it and it still hooked up i can take some pics in the morning if you like.
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