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Old 12-09-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

Have an original flathead in my 53 Ford, and need am looking for a cleaner to fit the theme of the car. Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:58 PM   #2
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my 51 has an oil bath style, 51 was the last year for the flattie in the states, 53 is an 8ba style just made in canada so my guess is it would be oil bath as well

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Old 12-09-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

Did guys run Edmunds Custom cleaners?
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:10 AM   #4
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

Here is a 54 ford, its the y block but pretty much the exact same air cleaner...
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:38 AM   #5
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i have an oil bath on my 53 239
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:26 AM   #6
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

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my 51 has an oil bath style, 51 was the last year for the flattie in the states,
Make that '53 in the US, '54 in Canada.

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Old 12-10-2009, 07:51 AM   #7
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

Stock oil bath or none.
OR some oil bath cleaners had a metal pre filter. kind of like steel wool with a fine screen inside and a course screen outside. you oiled the wool after cleaning in gas and drying. And made a simple filter out of that metal mesh, doing away with the oil bath part.

I had a 56 265 4 barrel in the early 60's with a rusty chrome base and lid with the wool in between. only about an inch in height.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:12 AM   #8
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There were a lot of custom air cleaners available especially late in the decade. They were cheap. I never saw an oil bath on a hot rod. That was the first thing that got shit canned in my neighborhood. Even a box stock used shoebox would have a chrome air cleaner of some sort.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:15 AM   #9
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The most popular was the 8" tall 12"wide 'removable top', single butterfly nut held,
unit like in the above photograph ( on single carbed units) the different manufactures used different colors on them depending on the application
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:16 AM   #10
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i have a oil Bath in my 55 f-100.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:18 AM   #11
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Here is a 52 flatty with early air cleaners and dual carbs. Its a driver and a fun machine on the hiway with 3 speed OD. My first flatty was a 1949 with aluminum heads and dual carbs with a thicksun air cleaner which was the ideal set up back then. I wish I had ownes a camera back then so I would have some shots.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:23 AM   #12
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

My 55 Ford with a Y block came with an oil bath filter . I still have it in the shed but changed that one with something else . I think just about everyone made a different size air cleaner for that carb ! The sky is the limit on what guys put on those carbs back then and today !

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:47 AM   #13
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There were a lot of custom air cleaners available especially late in the decade. They were cheap. I never saw an oil bath on a hot rod. That was the first thing that got shit canned in my neighborhood. Even a box stock used shoebox would have a chrome air cleaner of some sort.
Tommy, as I was reading thru this thread, I was composing my reply in my head. When I got to your post, There were my almost exact words...right down to "shit canned" oil bath. Pretty funny. Like we said ten years ago, when we first met at york, Our lives pretty much parralled each others. I guess that was truer than we realized. HAHA.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:57 AM   #14
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Most popular was probably the Stellings & Hellings. Repos are available for 2-barrel & 4-barrel.

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Old 12-10-2009, 09:05 AM   #15
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Had a screendoor screen[brass] bent into a 1/2 ball on top of carb,with a hoseclamp
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:07 AM   #16
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Tommy, as I was reading thru this thread, I was composing my reply in my head. When I got to your post, There were my almost exact words...right down to "shit canned" oil bath. Pretty funny. Like we said ten years ago, when we first met at york, Our lives pretty much parralled each others. I guess that was truer than we realized. HAHA.
That's because we were there. Young and dumb but we knew enough to dress up a daily driver with a chrome pot.

The funny thing is that the chrome pots probably didn't flow as well as that big monstrosity oil bath that it came with. But we never learned that until the 70s when they came back from the dead.



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Old 12-10-2009, 08:02 PM   #17
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Here are some Thickstuns. I really like them for looks and they allow lots of air in..Some in the air filters are very air restrictive. Buy good one and use K&N filters..
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

Who made the air cleaners with the v8 cut outs in the mesh? I would love to find a set for my flathead.
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I have a '50 Ford Custom Deluxe with the original flathead and oil bath air cleaner. How do you maintain it? Clean it out? Scrub it down? Change any filament material?

It looks pretty crappy in there.
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Default Re: What Kind Of Air Cleaners Were Flatheads Running in The 1950's

in So Cal I don't remember seeing an air cleaner till late 60's
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