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Oil Filter
Posted by: FoiledAgain ()
Date: October 16, 2020 08:11AM

...sorry about the duh...hey quality of the question, but what filter seems best for these guys? Running to town for fresh oil, filter and sundries. Thanks!

Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 16, 2020 09:10AM


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Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: October 16, 2020 09:37AM

Corvair oil filters are unique.

Unless your nearby town is large and there are Corvairs around, you may have to order it from a larger town like El Paso or Dallas.

Auto parts stores do not stock things that do not sell / turnover.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/16/2020 09:39AM by RobertC.

Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: FoiledAgain ()
Date: October 16, 2020 10:13AM

Thanks. Yep, urrite- a Wix 51038 on its way from afar.
Spendy damn thing...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/16/2020 10:15AM by FoiledAgain.

Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: 110PG ()
Date: October 16, 2020 10:52AM

We are fortunate here in our rural area. The Napa always has one 1038 on the shelf.

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Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: jamesolefjensen ()
Date: October 16, 2020 11:07AM

Some of the Napa stores here in the Bay Area have their "Napa Gold" brand oil filters in stock. Short of that they can send them to another local store overnight. They also have if one of their stores is not local to you.

Summit Racing has the Wix filters, and here in the Bay Area, orders most often arrive the next day (they have a distribution center in Nevada)

My other go-to is Rock Auto. Even with shipping, their prices are competitive but the orders take a few days to show up.

I most often use the Wix brand but the few times I've used the Napa brand, I had no issues (I think it might be a rebranding of the Wix).

And yes, compared to a small block Chevy, these filters are "expensive". On the other hand, compared to the "other" flat 6 engines out there, its not that bad.

65 Corsa
SF Bay Area

Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: October 16, 2020 11:18AM

Back before I built out a supply by finding a "case" on discount.. I would always have the store order 2 filters at a time.

I would re-order every oil change so I always had a spare sitting. Oil filters can fail, seam split or seal blow out, as well as a bad fuel pump can force a un-scheduled oil is always good to have one on the shelf.

Rick Loving
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Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: FoiledAgain ()
Date: October 17, 2020 07:30AM

Glad I came here. You guys have this whole Corvair Life thing nailed.

Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: October 17, 2020 07:49AM

When I realized who different the filter was, and my trouble importing, I bought the adapter. Much easier to go into my warehouse and pick a filter that I stock 600 of, than pay Fedex a minimum of $75, plus duties.

I just imported a timing chain and thermostat for a friend's Mini. $50 in parts and $102 in freight and duties.

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Re: Oil Filter
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: October 17, 2020 05:58PM

Wasn't there at recent thread that mentioned the quality of Wix filters had declined lately?

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