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What is this in my engine bay?

Postby fosterfarm » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:40 am

Howdy Guys,
Admittedly I'm new to fixing up old trucks but this thing with hose spigots on it has stumped me and my brother-in-law that actually knows something about engines. What is it?
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby Jim100 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:41 am

I have no idea but I want one.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby MadMC63 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:55 am

Whats connected to it, where do the hoses go?
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby PwrWgnDrvr » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:13 am

It filters chicken feather dander out of the oil when you operate the truck in the vicinity of chicken farms.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby 712edf » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:10 pm

Hot water faucet, for making coffee.

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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby soopernaut » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:03 pm

The canister under it looks like a A/C filter drier. I don't know why it would have valves like that. Where do the other end of the hoses go?

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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby EGroscup » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:17 pm

Coolant filter or more likely a block heater.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby Frankenwagon » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:58 am

I second the coolant filter.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby Hobcobble » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:01 am

PwrWgnDrvr wrote:It filters chicken feather dander out of the oil when you operate the truck in the vicinity of chicken farms.


Is this your "poultry" contribution..... :joker

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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby fosterfarm » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:52 pm

EGroscup wrote:Coolant filter or more likely a block heater.


Pardon my ignorance but what are these and how would I determine which it is?

Thanks so much for all of your help!
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby dodgeboykim » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:30 pm

fosterfarm wrote:
EGroscup wrote:Coolant filter or more likely a block heater.


Pardon my ignorance but what are these and how would I determine which it is?

Thanks so much for all of your help!


Look to see what its hooked into. Block, Fuel Lines ETC. Does it have a 110/120 Ac plug on it. Take some better pictures from different angles. :thinking :thinking
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby 712edf » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:34 pm

My W600 has a block heater which is similar looking, except for those valves.

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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby fosterfarm » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:36 pm

dodgeboykim wrote:Look to see what its hooked into. Block, Fuel Lines ETC. Does it have a 110/120 Ac plug on it. Take some better pictures from different angles. :thinking :thinking


Finally got to open the hood during the daylight hours. Here are some more pics:
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby MadMC63 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:38 am

Pictures still aren't clear as to what it attaches to. the hoses disappear at the alternator. It looks like a remote filter ( oil/ fuel). If your standing directly in front of the truck and look down between the radiator and fan do you see an oil filter sticking out just below and to the right of the water pump? A remote oil filter still doesn't explain the valves though unless they were just a means to an end.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby thehemikid » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:04 pm

My guess based on pic angles, appears there may be some T's at the water pump outlets. Seems to be a hose coming/going at a 90* there at the red arrows.

But at the green,...lot of fittings going on there making it a bit hard to tell. A pic from the blue arrow angle would help. :2cents

Not so sure how well the flow would work with a T though with flow wanting to take the path of least resistance. Could be another valve or restriction I guess, on the outlet/heater hose. I feel way out on a limb with that theory without more pics.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby dodgeboykim » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:33 pm

If its hooked into cooling system then its a coolant filter. Nothing more, Nothing less.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby PwrWgnDrvr » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:35 pm

I saw a similar water filter on an early truck in a junkyard about 15 yrs ago, mounted on the firewall IIRC. Have pics somewhere. The valves are so you can unscrew the filter and change/clean it without draining all the fluid. Basic "isolation" plumbing concept.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby fosterfarm » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:17 pm

Here's some more photos. Is this part needed? Should I just remove it?
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby PwrWgnDrvr » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:40 pm

Get it outta there! Totally not needed, ridiculously irrelevant and useless.
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Re: What is this in my engine bay?

Postby MadMC63 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:28 pm

Definitly a coolant filter. Is your coolant really clean?
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