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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:16 pm    Post subject: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

As the title says, I went into a parts store this morning & while getting parts that I needed to fix a customer's car, I look over & sitting on the counter is an oil bath air cleaner from a 70ish beetle. Out of curiosity, I asked the parts person what they were doing with it & he told me that a shop down the street was trying to get him to locate an air filter for it. Laughing

Obviously I started laughing my ass off & told him that they were either f*&%ing with him or they shouldn't be working on an ACVW. He was totally clueless as to my amusement & I reached over, grabbed a qt of 30wt, handed it to him & told him to send it back to them with the filter housing & explained to him that the "filter" was actually the oil.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

Lucky he wasn't asking for a water pump.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

Maybe they wanted this:
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

I need the left side radiator hose. Its the one that goes to the thermo switch to cool my anti-freeze.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

I had one, but traded it off a while back 'cuz I needed a right side muffler bearing.
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I need the left side radiator hose. Its the one that goes to the thermo switch to cool my anti-freeze.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

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Wait!?! I thought all oil baths looked like this ^^ WTH! The expert at Autozone told me this was the truth while he sold me some badly needed blinker fluid..
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

Does anyone have an OG piston return spring? This Empi one is bent
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

Sorry to say, but the fact that the parts guy didnít know what an oil-bath was, is just a reminder of how old weíre getting.

On the flip side, anyone know how many times you have to wind a Victrola so the song doesnít stop before it ends?

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 3:38 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

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Sorry to say, but the fact that the parts guy didnít know what an oil-bath was, is just a reminder of how old weíre getting.

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Bingo. When I venture to a local auto parts store the vast majority of those behind the counter are just kids who were born long after the last beetle was built. I use moments like this for teaching, just like when my kids had no idea how a dial phone worked.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 4:38 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

O'Riellys Buy four quarts oil get a free filter,, Said i needed one for a 74 beetle

after ten minutes of searching I put the counter guy out of his misery.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 5:05 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

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O'Riellys Buy four quarts oil get a free filter,, Said i needed one for a 74 beetle

after ten minutes of searching I put the counter guy out of his misery.


Doesn't a 74 have a paper air filter?
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 6:17 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

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I use moments like this for teaching.


And if I'm one of those parts store kids, I reply "that's interesting" as I roll my eyes and wish you'd get back in your POS and get the hell out of my store.

They don't care.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 6:38 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

If I remember correctly (and I seldom do) oil bath air cleaners were antiques when our cars were new. Most domestic auto manufacturers ditched the oil bath air cleaner in the early '50s.

Do you remember when wiper motors were vacuum operated and would slow when you accelerated? I do. Ah, the good old days.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

sb001 wrote:
Dwayne1m wrote:
I use moments like this for teaching.


And if I'm one of those parts store kids, I reply "that's interesting" as I roll my eyes and wish you'd get back in your POS and get the hell out of my store.

They don't care.

But I got a really good laugh at that indifferent little bastard's expense. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

Oh, had I been in that store I would also have laughed my butt off. And if they opened the bugger up only to find one of those rigged filters as shown above... probably would have ranted a bit, either that or been filled with a measure of sadness. (more likely an unappealing combo of the two, pissed-off-bitterness)
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

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Take a very simple elegant design and over complicate it ?????

This is one of the dumbest things Iíve ever seen... lol
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Take a very simple elegant design and over complicate it ?????

This is one of the dumbest things Iíve ever seen... lol


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

Converting an oil bath housing to accept a paper element is a very popular and practical conversion in some cases. A K&N element in a 1500cc early bus filter housing increases flow and captures particulates far better than oil. They're apparently more popular in the bus and Thing worlds than in bugs.

But lest yea forget- VW went to paper elements in '74 for beetles not by accident.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: So I went in to a parts store... Reply with quote

while we're on the subject-- best chemical compound to clean the filter out without stripping the paint off the lid? (That's why I'm scared to use the Berrymans carb cleaner even though I think it would work quite nicely.)
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