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    oval air cleaner fitment?

    Well, a lot more has changed since I last posted, but in this case, it is all good news!
    I bought a house, with a garage, in the "country".....I really can't believe they were able to work the numbers to get me in the door...
    Anyway, I am almost done relocating my stuff, from the storage unit, to the house. I have started unpacking boxes that I packed up when I left Idaho, in October of 12. One of the things I had to look for, to find was my Cougar oval air cleaner. Now, I had previously installed an air gap on my 351W, and that set up was too tall for the air cleaner to fit. So, I found a Weiand "mid rise" intake, and installed it. I did a test fit yesterday, and sadly, still no fit :-(
    On the one hand, it's no big deal, as the car still isn't ready to run, but I would like to see it all together!!
    I know a lot of other guys are running that same air cleaner, with and without a hood scoop. Do you not have any spacer's between the carb and the intake, in order to make it fit? When I try to close the hood, it looks like I am just catching the forward 2 inches or so, of the oval....
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    Also, does anyone have a picture of a hole in the hood/scoop with the same air cleaner installed?
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    I don't have an oval air cleaner, but a triangle (wich comes forward a bit too), so I had to trim the hood a bit to make it fit, see pic:



    My hoodscoop was installed by PO, so I'm not sure if it was in the correct spot (it was also a bit sloppy).
    Luckely with the scoop on it's not visible:


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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    Thanks for posting those. My younger son cut out the hole in my hood at school, now several years ago. It fits a round air filter fine, and that is what I have been using, but I really, really want to get the oval on the car!
    I will try and post some comparison shots later this week.
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    The cast aluminum bases on the oval air cleaners are too tall with most aluminum intakes on a 351 or FE. You can either cut the base down or get an original style sheet metal base from one of the better part vendors. See the Mustang catalog on page 130 item C5ZZ 9600-M. I was able to buy just the base, I bet you can too if you call:

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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    Thanks for posting that Royce! I will get some pictures, and try to get a decent image for some measurements..
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    It looks like in your pictures you would have to trim the "crossmember" a bit?
    In my case had to trim a bit away from where the 2 pieces of sheetmetal merge, but did not have to cut in the actual reinforcement itself.

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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    You have a 1" spacer under the carburetor. Replace that with a thick paper gasket for starters. The PCV can connect directly to a port on the intake.
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    I know for a fact Weiand Mid rise intake will not work with stock hood on a 1967 with a 351 W
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    I've thought about a thinner carb spacer, but at the same time, I don't have a lot of room 'over' the MSD cap..
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    The photos make it look like there is more than 1" between the air cleaner and the MSD cap. Also, MSD offers a low profile "crab" cap that will save another inch if needed.

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    I've thought about a thinner carb spacer, but at the same time, I don't have a lot of room 'over' the MSD cap..
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    Re: oval air cleaner fitment?

    Well, I pulled the spacer out from under the carb this evening, and still no joy! I looked at the 'crab' cap for my MSD, and only see a cap for a crank trigger style dist.
    This one of those things that really makes me want to quite. I mean, am I going to have to spend another thousand to make this thing fit?????
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