First of all, please pray for all the people that were in the path of hurricane Irma, all of the islands and the whole state of Florida.

As many of you know, I am from Daytona Beach, FL and have many relatives, classmates and friends from one end of the state to the other. My Dad was born in Key West, and Mom up in the Panhandle of Florida.

The size and strength of this hurricane was unbelievable! Over 400 miles wide.

FEMA will be streaked very thin, with Harvey still taking many of their resources and they are still responding to the flood of 2016 in Baton Rouge. Now this. The millions of people that need help is unrepresented, all at the same time.

All of the U.S.A. must come to the help of these people. This one is too big for FEMA, the state or the government to handle. All Americans must pitch in and do something, no matter how small.

“Mr. Skip”

Oil Filter Interference

Started to change my oil for the first time since changing the headers and ran into a problem getting the filter off. This could be a very long story, but I am going to cut to the chase.

When I installed the filter, I caught a piece of the pan diaper under the gasket of the filter. That make it very, very hard to get the filter loosened to take it off.

After much cussing and fussing, I installed a K&N short filter that gives clearance from the header and allows me to take it off using the built in 1″ socket fitting on the bottom of the filter.

If you want to read the long version, read on: When I could not get the filter off due to the long filter touching the header, I punched a hole in the filter and used a screwdriver to try and twist it off. At this point I did not know the pan diaper was caught in the filter gasket. Wen I installed the filter originally, it had leaked upon startup. I tightened the filter until the leak stopped. This was the main reason I could not get the filter off using the normal tools.

At this point I decided to act on a suggestion by Reggie Jackson to put a remote filter kit on the car and solve the problem fro the future.

I ordered a kit from a on-line supplier and specified a kit with A/N fittings and braided hose. I was asked, “What year engine and make of the block?”. I told them, BBC, Gen V, Bow Tie block. When the kit arrived, there was nothing in the kit to adapt the hoses to the block. There was a note on the other part of the assembly saying that I needed part # xxx for a Ford and #, for a Chevy and #, for a Mopar. I sent the whole thing back!

I will continue to use the K&N short filter that allows me to clear the header and use the screw-on wrench fitting on the bottom to help remove the filter. As Reggie pointed out, not using the remote kit eliminates a lot of potential leak points.