Author Topic: 1956 Air Cleaner  (Read 391 times)

Offline Lexi

1956 Air Cleaner
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:00:37 PM »
Did the 1956 air cleaner have a gasket to better seal the top half of the air cleaner body to the lower half? This gasket, if such exists, would be large, (the width of the air cleaner), and it would fit around the outer perimeter of the unit. I put a spare, freshly painted air cleaner unit on my car that I had in parts, and I can't stop it from rattling and moving, (both the top and the bottom halves move), especially the top half. The old one would also move but not like this other one. Only thing I can see different is that the painted one has a rubber gasket mounted inside on the lower half, where the oil reservoir is. The actual steel mesh filter portion sits on it. My old one did not have this gasket. Guess it rotted off. Perhaps the gasket makes the top of the cleaner sit a little higher and may encourage it to move from engine vibration? Any ideas and what have you done to make your air cleaner rock solid. Note: Carb air horn does have a gasket which the air cleaner sits on, but that is of no help. Thanks. Clay/Lexi
« Last Edit: July 10, 2019, 07:29:58 AM by Lexi »

Offline PHIL WHYTE CLC 14192

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 01:50:54 AM »
 I'm interested in any answers on this as I have the same problem with my air cleaner.

Offline Roger Zimmermann

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 07:09:22 AM »
If I remember well. there is like a large O ring (but not rubber) between both elements. It could be the seal Gr. 12.1160: Seal, shroud to air cleaner # 1552256.

Offline JAG56Cad

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 07:33:55 AM »
@Clay, @Phil,

Yes there is one inside the bowl which seal the grid.

However this will not stop the top shroud from rotating due to vibration. One way is to add a thing rubber or gasket material washer between the filter and shroud to create friction between them.

There is also a gasket at the carb to seal the bowl which Roger listed above, which does helps a bit to stop the rotation.

@Roger,

The one you listed is for the carburetor to air filter gasket.   ;)
Jose Gomez
CLC Member #23082

Offline Roger Zimmermann

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2019, 11:53:34 AM »

@Roger,

The one you listed is for the carburetor to air filter gasket.   ;)
Sometimes the names are confusing: "shroud to air cleaner" does not imply the carb in my opinion! Maybe the gasket your are referring is at the group 12.1150: Gasket, air cleaner to carburetor", #1458865 or 1465110?

Offline JAG56Cad

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2019, 01:37:58 PM »

@Roger,

The one you listed is for the carburetor to air filter gasket.   ;)
Sometimes the names are confusing: "shroud to air cleaner" does not imply the carb in my opinion! Maybe the gasket your are referring is at the group 12.1150: Gasket, air cleaner to carburetor", #1458865 or 1465110?

Roger,

Well I'll be..  :P you are correct just did not read in between the line.  ;)
Jose Gomez
CLC Member #23082

Offline Lexi

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2019, 07:28:11 PM »
Regardless, you guys are both valuable resources that help us keep our cars on the road. Thank you! Clay/Lexi

Offline Francesco

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019, 03:21:46 AM »
Guys,

isn't the lower half (on top of the carb), thightened by a seperate nut?
Then you put on the upper part and thighten it with a flange nut.
If lower half turns around, the space for the choke isn't aligned properly anymore.

Greetings,

Francesco
1959 Sedan De Ville "Flattop"
1960 Sedan De Ville Six Window
1956 Fleetwood Sixty Special

Offline Lexi

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2019, 07:05:38 AM »
Hmmm.... Interesting. But not on mine, nor on the other '56s I have owned. Next time yours is off take a couple of pics. I have never seen this arrangement on any of my other cars, Francesco. Clay/Lexi

Offline Francesco

Re: 1956 Air Cleaner
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2019, 07:42:11 AM »
Lexi, I saw it on a 54 and tought "damn, very logical". It was a square nut. Just need to look at how long the thread is that comes out of the carb.
Could it be logical and could it be that these nuts just went missing because mecanics just let them off so it was easier to reach carb?.
1959 Sedan De Ville "Flattop"
1960 Sedan De Ville Six Window
1956 Fleetwood Sixty Special