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Oil Filter Relocation: Junkyard Builder

Budget Oil Filter Relocation

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This is a great monthly story because it gives us a perfect excuse to hit the junkyard. We were trolling for S-10 V8 swap parts the other day when we noticed a factory oil filter relocation part on an '88 S-10 Blazer 4x4 with a 4.3L V6. We decided it was cool and unbolted it. We cut the factory aluminum/rubber lines because the factory hoses were too clumsy and probably wouldn’t fit anything we had anyway. This particular oil filter relocation adapter also incorporated a second set of fittings that fed an oil cooler located in the radiator. The best part is that we bought it for $4.50, and there are probably other factory systems just as cheap. By employing a few minor fabrication skills, this oil filter relocation block could be used to direct oil to an aftermarket oil cooler. In fact, we might even use this part on our S-10, which means we could purchase a factory V6 radiator with an oil cooler and use the factory lines.

After we removed the oil filter relocation adapter at the boneyard, we immediately found another 4x4 Blazer equipped with a similar adapter without the oil cooler lines, so we know both options are available. Once we’d cleaned the filter mount thoroughly, we uncovered all kinds of cool ways you could adapt this piece to a current car project. If there’s one negative to this adapter, it is that the filter is a bit small, but that also means it might fit in areas where a larger filter would not. Check it out.

Parts List
Description PN Source Price
Factory oil filter mount Used Junkyard $4.50
Fram filter 3980 Auto Zone 3.99
1⁄2 pipe to -10 AN fitting 981610ERL Summit Racing 5.25
-8 tube nut 981808ERL Summit Racing 1.95
-8 tube sleeve 981908ERL Summit Racing 1.95
Oil filter relocation kit G-4985-1 Summit Racing 40.95
T-D dual-filter relocation kit 1113 Summit Racing 55.95
Earl’s -8 hose, 6 ft 306008ERL Summit Racing 39.95

SOURCES
Trans-Dapt Performance Products
12438 Putnam Street
Whittier
CA  90602
562-921-0404
http://www.tdperformance.com
Holley Performance Products
1801 Russellville Rd.
Bowling Green
KY  42101
270-781-9741
http://www.holley.com
Summit Racing
Akron
OH
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
http://www.summitracing.com/
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