<VV> Corvair Oil filter pricing
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.
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.
----- 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
> Then again, many approve of “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish” So this is as
> far as it goes.
> 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
> 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.
> 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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