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Oil Strainer for '55 V8
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Posted 2020-07-30 8:11 PM (#601505)
Subject: Oil Strainer for '55 V8


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Hi all,

Well, an oil change turned into dropping the pan. I am looking for a replacement oil strainer for my 1955 Plymouth. The original managed to come loose and get destroyed from jostling around in the bottom of the engine. Luckily, nothing was damaged. The rod caps look untouched, but the oil strainer has been violently beaten beyond recognition.
I emailed Bernbaum and unfortunately they don't have a replacement. Would any of you happen to have one? If not, I can always get creative with a new one.

I have one more question. Seems I'm very good at having too many irons in the fire, because I also decided to go ahead and see about replacing the oil pressure gauge line. This car is my daily driver, and I'd hate for it to burst while I'm on the highway. Bernbaum does not have any available at the moment.
I saw a thread where someone used one of those braided steel lines on their '55 flathead. That's what I would like to do, but I can't figure out what the fitting on the gauge side is. Is it compression? If it is, I have never seen a ferrule that looks like that. The fitting on the block side is the same as 3/16 brake line, but the thread pitch is different on the gauge.

Thanks,

Nick Hoffmann
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-07-30 8:49 PM (#601506 - in reply to #601505)
Subject: Re: Oil Strainer for '55 V8



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BigM Auto probably has a used oil strainer for you, or you can probably get a new one from Hothemiheads.com. Mopar Mall sells the oil lines, but the fitting at the gauge end isn't quite right. If you tighten the snot out of it, you will get it to seal, but you also risk stripping it out. Unfortunately, I haven't found a good source for those fittings. Adapting the fitting on your old hose to a new hose is probably the best route to take....either that, or paying to make a custom electric gauge.
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57chizler
Posted 2020-07-31 12:52 PM (#601536 - in reply to #601505)
Subject: RE: Oil Strainer for '55 V8



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Parts book says 6 and 8 are the same.

https://www.hiltopautoparts.com/product/nos-mopar-engine-oil-straine...
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-07-31 1:56 PM (#601543 - in reply to #601505)
Subject: Re: Oil Strainer for '55 V8



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Any 6cyl back to 1940 opens up a lot of options.
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samstrader
Posted 2020-08-03 11:26 AM (#601642 - in reply to #601505)
Subject: Re: Oil Strainer for '55 V8


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I replaced my oil pressure gauge line with a soft refrigeration 5/16 copper tubing line and used Swedgelock fittings to connect it to the pressure gauge. Swedgelock fittings seat or seal extremely well and I've never seen one leak. I just re-upholstered my car and put new carpet in and didn't want a hose to break and fill up the inside of the car with hot motor oil. To handle the engine movement, I put a loop of tubing on the outside of the fire wall. I feel a lot safer with this set up. But it is not original.

Edited by samstrader 2020-08-03 11:29 AM
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