Air Cleaner on a 1934 - How Do You Oil It ?

Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 996Expert Adviser
I'm running on a Daytona Universal Zenith 228 lookalike carb.
Up to now I've used the Daytona's own air cleaner but it's much noisier than the original '34 air cleaner when I've tried that on the carb, so I'm swapping back.
The only thing I can't work out is how to oil the metal filter mesh in the old air cleaner.
The Procedure Manual says to dip the filter in engine oil, drain the excess and then refit.
However, the filter mesh seems to be permanently attached to the body of the air cleaner and there appears to be no way of taking it out.
Does the Manual mean that I have to dip the whole filter end of the air cleaner in oil ?
This sounds like an incredibly messy thing to do !


  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 996Expert Adviser
    I think something has been missed out there... :)
  • tigermothtigermoth Posts: 537Expert Adviser
    Ok.. there was an old man fat finger reply if I have ever seen one. What I meant to send was this:

    I have a ‘35 Sedan Deluxe. the manuals refer to the ‘34-‘35 “filters” as silencers. It appears you could oil them. It seems they quieted air noise, contained the flame from any backfires and kept  out large debris. I have a perfect ‘35 silencer on the shelf, but I run a period oil bath from a Dodge or Chevy, I forget which. Only purists know the difference. 

    Regards, Tom
  • GeoffGeoff Posts: 4,623Senior Contributor
    Best method is to wash the filter by dipping the whole thing in kerosene and swirling around until it rinses clean.  Leave to drain, dry off outside and give the gauze a couple of squirts with an oil can, should do the trick.   
    If you're stuck in a hole, stop digging.
  • JACK356JACK356 Posts: 304Member
    I'm going to do this on mine then;since the start-up is coming.

    Mine has remained dry since at least 1954

  • JACK356JACK356 Posts: 304Member
    I am also looking for the label on the choke. Carburetor crankcase 282S
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 360Member

    I got the Carter automatic choke label from Carburetor King in St Louis

  • ToddhToddh Posts: 360Member
    Also there’s a guy on eBay that reproduces the brass triangle tag 
  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 996Expert Adviser
    Thanks, Guys.
    Geoff's idea sounds the least messy and will therefore be employed.

    We all have that finger problem, Tom...  :D

    All the best,
  • JACK356JACK356 Posts: 304Member
    Thank you for the address of the label. For the brass triangle of the carbu I still have the original Carter 282S
  • JACK356JACK356 Posts: 304Member
    Carburetor King St Louis.No site web?Thank you
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 360Member
    Sorry.  He goes by ‘carburetor king’ on the AACA forum:  
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 360Member
    Back to Old Fogey’s post, in one of the mid-30’s Hudson Service magazines, there’s a picture showing a dealership service area.  They had a dip and drain station for the standard air cleaners.  

    I’ll see if I can locate it and post it up
  • JACK356JACK356 Posts: 304Member
    It's dead.

    Due to legal ramifications, labels will NOT be sold. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • JACK356JACK356 Posts: 304Member
    Possible a nice photo to be able to make a copy? Thank you
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 360Member
    email me.  I sent you a private message
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