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disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather

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William Eccles - Jardine

06-06-2012 15:17:16
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I have been looking at my air intake oil bath bottom section of the breather for my BN. Having noticed on the parts sight an insert for the wire mesh I was wondering how to disassemble to remove the old wire mesh?
Has any one ever replaced the mesh before. The cage looks to be soldered to the bottom of the large tube?

Any thoughts? or suggestions.
Wm.




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Jon Stevenson

06-12-2012 07:10:22
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to William Eccles - Jardine, 06-06-2012 15:17:16  
What size is the wire mesh? Measure the wire diameter, and the number of wires per inch. For a reference of how to measure the wire cloth, use this link: Belleville Wire Cloth


I would have to assume that the original wire mesh screen here is made of stainless steel to stay away from rust and corrosion as much as possible... Try ordering a piece from Mcmaster or your local hardware store as a replacement, should not cost you too much, just be careful because this stuff is sharp!

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dtaylor

06-11-2012 21:34:03
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to William Eccles - Jardine, 06-06-2012 15:17:16  
I have a few extra air cleaners so I decided to find out what it would take to disassemble one. The soldered connection came apart easy with a mapp torch.The screen is different mesh size near the top. This fine mesh was rusted and crumbeled like crackers. The next one was not so bad but I will never put an old air cleaner on a new engine without inspecting the inside.
Just passing along my expierience.

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Dean Olson

06-08-2012 15:08:49
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to William Eccles - Jardine, 06-06-2012 15:17:16  
I soaked mine in diesel and then hit it with a low pressure, 2800psi, pressure washer till the water ran clean. I let it dry and soaked it in diesel again and had no debris in the bottom of the bucket.



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rustyfarmall

06-07-2012 07:20:32
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to William Eccles - Jardine, 06-06-2012 15:17:16  
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That wire mesh sold here and other places is not the same stuff that is in the Donaldson oil bath air cleaner on your Farmall BN.

The best thing is as Jerry mentioned, but if you really feel a need to take it apart, you'll need to drill out several spot welds, remove the stack of screen wire that is in there, clean it all, put it back together and then re-spot weld.

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Jerry/MT

06-06-2012 20:46:14
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to William Eccles - Jardine, 06-06-2012 15:17:16  
I"d soak a dirty oil bath cleaner in a 5 gallon bucket of diesel for about a week and then decant off the fluid and dump the dirt out of the bucket and repeat til it got clean. I did that on my TO-30.



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William Eccles - Jardine

06-07-2012 10:28:18
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to Jerry/MT, 06-06-2012 20:46:14  
Thank you gentlemen; I think I can find a 5 gallon bucket& diesel fuel that will do the job. It may take a long time to clean since mine has been sitting off the tractor in the corner of my shed for over 20 years [ the tractor has been down that long.
A second q? would such fluid as lacquer thinner or reducer help in scouring the interior and the mesh to return it to nearly pristine condition?

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rustyfarmall

06-07-2012 10:32:03
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to William Eccles - Jardine, 06-07-2012 10:28:18  
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Diesel fuel will do just fine. The filter has enough capacity that a small amount of impurities still in there won't effect it in the least.



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William Eccles - Jardine

06-07-2012 10:56:06
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 Re: disassembly to replace wire mesh in air breather in reply to rustyfarmall, 06-07-2012 10:32:03  
Thank you for you reply Wm.



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