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1993 Dodge caravan, 1949 Dodge truck, 1991 swb chevrolet truck
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They actually work fairly well. Copy/pasted off the internet ...

The oil bath air filter pulls in outside air and makes it turn 90 degrees over a pool of oil. This helps to remove the large, heavy particles. The air then travels over a filter element that rests in the oil and wicks it into the fibers (often made of steel mesh). Some early filters used horse hair for the element, while some more modern filters used foam.

You can convert your original air cleaner to a paper filter .... basically take a cut off wheel & gut out the original housing. Then haul it to the local parts house & find a filter correct width & height to fit .... you may find something close then modify your filter housing more to fit the filter .... not a huge job.

My 49 truck will eventually be converted, just do not want to deal with the oil spills that will happen in the future. I'm more concerned with functionality then I am with originality.

So that is your decision .... do you keep it original or do you modify it? Either way works fine.
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