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Old 01-29-2020, 08:14 PM   #1
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Hi,

I have a glass Shell oil canister on the firewall of my A. It is plumbed into the intake manifold. I can't seem to find any info out there on it. My question is what is it for and do I need it?

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Old 01-29-2020, 08:39 PM   #2
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I’m thinking someone used it for a vacuum storage tank for a vacuum wipe wipe motor.That would keep the wipers going when under heavy engine loads and the vacuum normally drops off.Dont need it in my opinion. Dennis
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Well I didn’t read your post close enough the first time and thought it was a metal canister.Maybe it’s some sort of water injector to help remove carbo from the combustion chambers.Just a guess.
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:08 PM   #4
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If the pipe connecting it to the manifold has a valve in it, I'm guessing it was for an automatic feed for upper cylinder lubricant direct into the manifold. It was quite a common thing for years.
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Old 01-30-2020, 12:19 PM   #5
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Do I need it?
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Old 01-30-2020, 01:20 PM   #6
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You do not need it.

Can you post a photo?

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None of the above guesses as to what it is are essential functions so you can safely remove it and block off the hole in the manifold.
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Old 02-01-2020, 02:44 PM   #8
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I would be tempted to put some Marvel Mystery Oil in the jar and see what happens to how the car runs...There were lots of these systems made...this sounds like a home made one...might work nice! Many of us do run Marvel Mystery Oil one way or another. Ernie in Arizona
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