Glass Bowl fuel filters - any good?

iceblade10iceblade10 Member
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Can anyone give me an education on vintage "glass bowl" fuel filters?

I saw a video someone posted on the Facebook page with one in their Hornet, and thought it looked awesome.  I know cheap modern disposable ones probably clean just about as good as anything, but I really liked the look.

My questions:

Which one to get?  There are a bunch of different types.  Is one OEM to Hudson?  I'd think Carter would make the most sense, since the carbs are Carter.  The AC ones would probably belong on GM products (mostly).

I assume the ceramic filters are washable/reusable?

Do these actually work well enough to use, or am I better off just sticking to a discreet modern one?  I also wonder if the modern corn gas affects the performance...
Stephen Repas
1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
Southeastern PA

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  • Geoff C., N.Z.Geoff C., N.Z. Senior Contributor
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     Basically, the original type glass bowl filters were just a sediment trap with a gauze filter, and work remarkably well.   The fuel enters through the centre, and any rubbish, dirt etc. will gravitate to the bottom of the bowl where it can be seen, and the delivery is through the gauze filter to the delivery port.  You will need the occasional clean-out and either a cork or neoprene gasket, but  otherwise trouble free. 
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  • KustomKreepsKustomKreeps Member
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    pop a magnet in the bottom if the one you have dosnt have a magnetic band in it.
    helps to further take out any scale, rust or metallic crud that might be in the tank or lines.
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  • iceblade10iceblade10 Member
    Posts: 198
    Thanks for the advice, guys.  The AC version seems to be the best deal, as they are like-new and the paper filter elements seem easy to get, since they were used on Chevys...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-1956-1957-58-64-CHEVY-FUEL-FILTER-ASSEMBLY-GLASS-BOWL-AC-GF48-USA-MADE-/132112434969?hash=item1ec283c719:g:Vz0AAOSwdGFYt2Qw&vxp=mtr
    Stephen Repas
    1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
    Southeastern PA
  • EssexAdvEssexAdv Expert Adviser, Moderator
    Posts: 598
    I put my filters before the fuel pump on the passenger side frame rail. I us d to do the glass one on the carb feed tube till I figured out they acted lik a big heat magnet and caus d vapor lock.  I'm not saying yours will have the problem but if you start to notice vapor lock problems you didn't have before...think about the filter.  
    Lewis Mendehall
  • LanceLance Member
    Posts: 442
    Steve, I have Carter, AC and Durex. if interested, let me know.
  • iceblade10iceblade10 Member
    Posts: 198
    pop a magnet in the bottom if the one you have dosnt have a magnetic band in it.
    helps to further take out any scale, rust or metallic crud that might be in the tank or lines.
    Interesting idea.  I see Carter actually made an aftermarket product to that effect.

    Do you affix the magnet in any way, or just have it sloshing around loose on the bottom of the glass bowl...?
    Stephen Repas
    1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
    Southeastern PA
  • dougsondougson Senior Contributor
    Posts: 670
    I've learned that the newer paper filters in the bowl filters will "load" up before standard, modern in-line filters.
    Doug Smith - "Toby Knoll Garage"

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    1953 Woodill Wildfire/Dodge
    1954 Hudson Hornet coupe/Grand National Tribute car
    1955 Studebaker Speedster/Cadillac - "Studillac"
    1956 Corvette SR Replica


  • iceblade10iceblade10 Member
    Posts: 198
    I've discovered that you can still get the gaskets for the Carter filters.  Fel-Pro 12473 is the part number.  Only $1.52 each on Walmart.com right now, although I apparently bought the last 2!  These newly manufactured Made in the USA parts will be a big upgrade over the 60 year old NOS gasket I have, which I assume would dissolve away in a matter of days due to the ethanol... LOL.
    Stephen Repas
    1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
    Southeastern PA
  • jjbubaboyjjbubaboy Senior Contributor
    Posts: 710
    RockAuto also lists the gaskets for $1.24 each.
    Alternate part numbers as well:1320527, 630001, 90600R1, ECU9364A, F23A20.
    Jeff 
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