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Technical Batwing Air Cleaner de oil bathing

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by spillaneswillys, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. I acquired this Cadillac Batwing and want to install a modern air filter. Before I start hacking I am looking for some guidance on how to proceed. This is the base and it looks to me like I need to take out the angled piece, does not look like fun!
    Joe batwing.jpeg
  2. egads
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,141


    This is Cadillac batwing air cleaner, what you have is just a standard AC oil bath air cleaner. You can take a 10" Mr. Gasket air filter base and get a tall 10" filter and set your top on it. Don't know why everyone call's your style a batwing[​IMG]
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  3. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,138


    I just put the top over a open element air cleaner.
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  4. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,388


    I've done a few where I just picked up a standard 14" filter available anywhere, cut the Caddy bottom out to fit the base and tigged it in. Put the lid on the filter with a 1/4-20 coupling nut to hold it and put the caddy top on. You hold the caddy lid with an appropriate length 1/4-20 threaded rod and a wingnut. You can use the stocker if you have it. They are 1/4-20. The aftermarket filter base goes right on your carb, no adapters needed.

    I've also seen them done with a K&N filter used inside and a foam gasket to seal the top. Never did one that way though, so I have no idea of what filter is used.

  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,597

    from Michigan

    Them things are freakin' cool...
  6. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,236

    from Ioway

    They look expensive too, if you need one and don't have it?
  7. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,221


    You can buy a nice daily driver car for less than some guys want for that air cleaner.
    As far as the air cleaner asked about, just put the top over a regular air cleaner base. As said above.
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  8. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,597

    from Michigan

    I was checking the price on some repros.... $2600.00...:confused:
    No I don't need one.... But they do look cool..... :cool:
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  9. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,597

    from Michigan

  10. Ralphies54
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 755


    The one item under the hood of a 57 Chevy that looks better overrestored than in it's semi gloss factory finish. Ralphie
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  11. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,466


    Chrysler Batwings break over $4000.... Eeeek!

    I put a K & N air filter in a 1938 Cadillac oil bath air cleaner. It was very easy to do.

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  12. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,729

    Jalopy Joker

    Caddy Air Cleaner 002 (Small).jpg Caddy Air Cleaner 002 (Small).jpg Caddy Air Cleaner 003 (Small).jpg Caddy Air Cleaner 001.jpg Caddy Air Cleaner 004 (Small).jpg Caddy Air Cleaner 006 (Small).jpg Caddy Air Cleaner 005 (Small).jpg yes, know that is not the true batwing but, is commonly called a batwing by those not properly informed - just helps answer question by OP long ago
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  13. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,359

    from Mayberry

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