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1973 Peterbilt 359 Restoration

Posted By ShomotionDenver Monday, December 27, 2010 4:25 PM
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I'm restoring a 1973 Peterbilt 359 factory daycab.  I'm looking for some advice on the factory air cleaners.  Who was the OEM manufacturer back in the 70's, Donaldson ?  I'm looking to stick with the painted steel air cleaners with chrome bonnets.  I have a couple of part's trucks and they all seem to have slightly different air cleaners, main difference is diameter of the cans and total length.  Unfortunately, none of the air cleaners are stamped with a manufacturer name.  The pair I'm thinking of using are apprx 14.5 inches in diameter, definitely not 15 inches or 13 inches.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

The truck is equipped with a NTA 400 Cummins.  Engine is a bear to start in the cold weather but pulls great.  Are there any issues I should be aware of with this engine? 
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Welcome to the forum!

Pictures please!


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Thank You, extremely resourceful site!  Pictures are on my office computer, I'll post some tomorrow.  I purchased the truck from Frohlick Crane Service, who was was the second owner.  I believe the truck has always been in Colorado, no frame rust or rot whatsoever.
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If they are oil bath, they are most likely made by Vortox.  Vortox had a metal tag riveted on to the air cleaners.  If they are dry filter type, they are most likely Donaldson if they are of the same vintage as the truck.

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I'm thinking that in '73 the Vortox AB series was the std. air cleaner. That's not to say that you couldn't order a Donaldson or even a Farr. There is one model of the AB series that is 14 1/16" dia., 19 7/8" tall, and 5 1/2" inlet & outlet. You can try the Vortox and the Donaldson website to try and visually id what you have.

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Call a Pete dealer with the vin # and they might be able to print off the line sheet,and it will tell you everything that was put on it new.That would be nice to have anyway.

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Welcome to the party. nta 400 is hard to start cold but is a sweet running motor once you warm it up. You need a good repeat good block heater anytime it is below about 40 degrees. that engine likes to warm up before using it and it likes to cool down before you shut it off. watch the pyrometer and you should be fine. wayne
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I forgot to ask does it have a two stick. that motor backs off fairly quick so it shifts real nice with a 5x4. Wayne
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I checked with Peterbilt and they were not very helpful, too lazy to go back to MicroFiche records ! 
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You are blessed with the RUSH operation. classic example of small co being bought by a big one. The only thing they want to do is take your money for parts they dont have in stock but if you are willing to pay air-freight plus top retail they can order them for you. Wayne

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