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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
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Need a better filtration process
My current process cleans the oil just fine but I would like to make a less labor intensive way to filter & dewater my oil. One that I could pretty much walk away from it once it starts & it does its thing on its own. Plus my current setup will not allow me to filter large amounts of oil without me being there most of the time. The way I do it now is I have 2 ways to filter for different grades of oil I get. Most of my oil comes from one source & is very clean to begin with & is almost always water free. So this stuff let settle in the buckets I pick it up in for a week or more & I just pump through a 10 micron furnace oil filter & then a 5 micron whole house water filter. I use my SBC pump which is mounted to a 1/2" drill for this. Any oil that has water a heat to 100-140 & then run through my ACME jucierator. Works good but is slow & cannot be left completely on its own cause it will go unstable once in a while.
I have considered a proper centrifuge which I know would do the job but it is quite expensive to get set up for & I again I need something that I can leave on its own for long periods of time & it will do its thing on its own.
So I am considering Clay's filtration setup or Joh Galt's cold upflow. I like Johns cause it's simple & would be cheap to set up but I don't think it would produce enough oil fast enough for me. I'm pretty sure Clay's would but I am considering changing my setup a bit to keep costs down.
I already have a HWH I can use & have access to all the barrels anyone would need. I would like to make 2 changes which would greatly reduce the cost of set up & allow me to use stuff I already have. Instead of using a pump to pump the oil from the settling tank to the HWH can I just elevate the tank higher then the HWH & gravity feed the oil into the HWH? Instead of buying the filter housing I would like to just plumb in my furnace oil & water filter setup & gravity feed from the HWH. If gravity feeding through the filter setup doe not provide enough pressure to force the oil in the HWH through my filtering setup then could I just fill the settling barrel up with new oil & use that oil to provide more pressure to force the oil in the HWH through my filters. Basically I would be draining & filling the HWH at the same time. Or just get a small pump.
Seems like it would work this way which would greatly reduce the cost by not having to buy a pump or the filter housing. I would set up everything else the same way Clay has.
Anyone see why this won't work?
2001 f-350 ext.cab. 7.3 auto non dually. 262k miles. New HD tranny at 67,000 miles. Boost, EGT, Tranny temp gauges. 04/10 DIY check valve VO conversion. 20 plate FPHE,Fass HPFP set at 70 PSI,TIH, 10 micron spin on filter with coolant wrap, 150 micron prefilter, hrydraforce purge valve, 40 gallon greasecar tank with hotfox, SS braided hose to heads, Oil temp, pressure & fuel level gauges. 110K miles on grease.
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