August 16, 2017

Filtering Out the Fretting: Thanks, Daimler

• By John F. Chisholm •

April 27, 2015 — How’s this for spring? Sure, I’ve heard of April showers. This year it’s April deluges. Continuous deluges at that. It’s rained every day for the past week and a half. I’ve worked inside, fretting. How am I going to get next winter’s wood supply split and stacked in this weather? Never mind drying it. The garden needs rototilling in the worst way. Of course it’s way too wet. I have to finish raking the lawn. Our fences need repair. All that snow was rough on them. There are a lot of limbs down. I really don’t want to pick them up in the rain. And so on.

You must have a list, too.

This is when my Daimler comes to the rescue. No, I can’t drive it in these conditions. It’s definitely a sunshine car. But I can plan future projects in its regard. That, in turn, saves me from fretting over everything I can’t do. Not yet, anyway.

For example, changing the Daimler’s oil filter is a pain in the ass. Sorry, there’s no other way to refer to it correctly. It’s located on the right side of the engine block, tucked just below the exhaust manifold and immediately above the header pipe. That means I certainly can’t change the oil and filter with the engine hot ― my much preferred method. (Used motor oil drains far more completely when it’s hot.) It also means I have to jack up the front of the car, disconnect the header pipe and reach up to just below the manifold with a stubby, little wrench, attempting removal of the retention bolt with pitifully inadequate torque. Right. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

It isn’t.

Of course the same canister with a new filter has to be put back in place with all the torque I can muster. It leaks otherwise.

In short, the entire arrangement is labor intensive, unnecessarily time consuming and intensely unsatisfactory. Very.

To fix it, I’m going to install a remote filter. I’ll replace the factory arrangement with a machined, steel plate featuring two high-pressure hose attachments, line-in and line-out. Then I’ll install a modern, spin-on filter somewhere it can be conveniently accessed. Last, I’ll connect the two with however much high-pressure hose is needed.

I’m deep in the planning stages now. I’ve purchased a number of parts, the replacement filter, the mount and so on. I’m looking forward to the machining phase. That cover plate has to be exactly correct. I’ll have the hoses made to order.

What the hell. My preferred spring timetable is already shot. That much is obvious.

My point?

During this entire discussion, I haven’t once looked up from my computer. I haven’t seen, contemplated or worried about the rain cascading from our eaves. Neither have the effects all that water has on my spring jobs affected me. Yeah. That’s right.

You see?

That remote filter is working already.