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Old 02-26-2010, 09:17 PM
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454 BB Oil Filter Conversion

Blanceman here,

I have a 454 BB. It has this hokie oil filter adapter (stock) that puts the filter parallel with the engine and at about a 30 degree angle out towards the vehicle frame. (see attachment)

With limited space in my rat rod, this filter set up will create a head ache.

I've looked at some conversions where the filter is mounted independent of the engine.

I'd like to adapt the engine to take a filter onto the block pointing downward like most other chevy engines. I'm not apposed to running the coolant lines through an oil filter on the fender-well or where-ever. I'd prefer it on the block however.

You can see the set up on the attachments that came stock on the 454.

Anyone out there have any suggestions?

You can also see the 2 holes for fittings that go to the oil cooler. I'm curious if this is necessary for street use, or was it for big chevy trucks pulling huge loads??

Thank you all for your assistance.

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I have one of those adapters on My 427T block ( 1970 c-60 dump ) all you have to do is remove the outer bolts and replace it with a standard filter adapter as for the cooler , its nice to have on the big trucks but if the rat rod is light ,I don't see a need for it unless yor running a small pan ( 5 quart )as the oil does run alittle warm on these, but your going to need the fitting plug if you do use the cooler so it don't bypass in the block IIRC if you don't use the cooler all you do is plug the ports off ,

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If it is a V or VI motor. A two bolt adapter will not work.

These engines use a special, thread into the block, d ouble threaded adapter. So far only from GM. Plus there is a check valve , under this fitting, in the main center hole, deep into the oil passage that MUST be in there.

I had a customer try to cheat in this area. Went to a hardware store and installed a (plumbing) close nipple.

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I think this is what you need:

GMPP #3853870
Adapter, Oil Filter Bypass, Spin-On, Steel, Natural, Chevy, Big Block, Each $11.69

The Gen 5 & 6 engines have the oil bypass valves in the block. If you DON'T want to run an oil cooler, you need to remove one of the bypasses from the cooler port and plug the oil cooler holes. You should double check the bypass's location to be sure.

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