<VV> Corvair Oil filter pricing

henry kaczmarek kaczmarek at charter.net
Wed Nov 28 18:22:52 EST 2012

The Wix Plant in Gastonia, NC (about 15 miles from my front door) allowed me 
a look inside at the turn of the century.  The PF-4's were painted blue, the 
Wix was painted white, and the NAPA was white with their logo.  No company 
is going to come up with 3 different filtration materials and matrixes for 
the same filter.  in other words, a WIX IS A WIX IS A WIX.

I did my illustration using a Ford 302.  W/A didn't carry any of purolator's 
products (junk IMO). You might have missed that.  At the time I had no 
running Corvair, and who would be interested in what a Corvair filter could 
do?  PLENTY of ford 302's out there.

  W/A was NOT a cheap store.   Advance IS a cheap store.  I worked for both 
of them so I feel qualified to testify.

I wouldn't have used a Purolator on my Mercury if W/A DID sell them.  Only 
used the Fram once.  I've always used Motorcraft filters on my Fords and 
Mercury's.  My 05 F-150 has 160K on it and only Motorcraft.  Ditto for my 99 
Grand Marquis.  Why? It's what the Ford Dealer uses.  Use Wix on MY 
GM---Why? because that’s what the General puts on them.

End of the day, especially on our air-cooled wonders, THE OIL FILTER IS THE 
KIDNEY OF YOUR ENGINE-----Wanna Go Cheap?   I'd want the best quality 
"Kidney" my money can buy.

BTW, Jerry McKenzie (whose father owned a Western Auto Franchise), buys his 
Napa 1038's from USA filters .com,  comes out to 5.69 ea with shipping.

He sent me this link to share.


-----Original Message----- 
From: J R Read
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5:36 PM
To: henry kaczmarek ; BobHelt at aol.com ; virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: Re:  Corvair Oil filter pricing

So, maybe you want to do that again with the current L20014?

Unless I missed something, you did not run a Purolator or a Wix or even a
NAPA Gold in your test.

Also, do you know for a fact that the regular Wix and the NAPA Gold have the
exact same specs (internally)?  I've never seen that stated anywhere.

I agree with you on the Fram product.

Later, JR

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "henry kaczmarek" <kaczmarek at charter.net>
To: <BobHelt at aol.com>; <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: <VV> Corvair Oil filter pricing
> Back in 98 I did a comparison for my customers at Western Auto.   Had a 
> 302 Ford motor in my 87 Mercury.  Ran a Fram PF3, A Motorcraft PL-1 and a 
> K&N competition filter on it, 3K miles each.
> FRAM---Looked like a roll of wilted TP Inside.
> Motorcraft-----Better but had taken a beating for the material used.
> K&N---Held together, other than being dirty looked new inside,.
> So when you Buy a Wix, you’re getting what you pay for.  I had forgotten 
> the need for being “Frugal”  (I’m getting old)  I’m sure JR is referring 
> to Larry at the Vair Shop.   There’s a difference between a filter 
> “Failing” as in the seals blow,
> and premature failure of the engine because cheap filters didn’t get out 
> enough of the particulate matter.  I built the engine in my LM quite a few 
> years back-----But it cost me about 2500.00  to rebuild completely.
> The question begs-----if a Purolator is 6, and a wix is 13, You’re not 
> making a 7 dollar mistake each time you buy one, You’re saving yourself 
> the possibility of a several thousand dollar  mistake further down the 
> line.
> Then again, many approve of “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish”  So this is as 
> far as it goes.
> Hank
> From: BobHelt at aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:06 PM
> To: kaczmarek at charter.net ; virtualvairs at corvair.org
> Subject: Re: <VV> Corvair Oil filter pricing
> Hank,
> What kind of scare tactics is this?
> What do you mean that I won't like what I see?
> Please describe in some detail what you mean.
> Regards,
> Bob Helt
> In a message dated 11/28/2012 12:01:47 P.M. US Mountain Standard Tim, 
> kaczmarek at charter.net writes:
>  Run one for 3K miles, then take a cut off wheel and cut around the lip at 
> the bottom of the filter.  You won’t like what you see.

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