View Full Version : TR2/3/3A Spin-on oil filter and adaptor? TR3

10-01-2004, 01:44 PM
Relatively recent re-owner of a TR3--- I seem to remember in my first experience with TR3 oil filter elements 35 years ago, getting as much oil on me as in the pan. Wondered how many of you guys have converted to the spin on type filter with the adaptor. Thought I'd check to see if any problems before I make the $37 adaptor plus $6 filter purchase.

10-01-2004, 10:28 PM
Speaking as an old and hardened Ford guy, as well as a first time LBC owner, one of the first things I did is buy an adaptor for the oil filter. The filter now points straight down, so oil changes are quick, easy and best of all: clean. Besides, I keep the original unit if I ever want put her back OEM.

Just my .02, but your mileage may vary.


72 TR6
98 Land Rover Disco
03 Ford SVT Focus

10-01-2004, 11:39 PM
Aloha Jayhawk,

I have installed the "spin on" adapter on my TR3. I use a Fram PH3600 filter which has a back flow preventer as an integral part of the filter. This keeps oil in the upper portion of the engine and you get instant oil pressure on start up. You can use any brand of an equivalent filter. In the TR3, the filter will still be at a slight down angle, change the filter is much easier an usually less messy.

If you change over to the spin on filter, be sure to remove the old filter seal ring. Some times there may be more than one rubber seal in the grove.

I also changed my MGTF to a spin on oil filter.

Safety Fast,

ron wilson
10-02-2004, 12:52 AM
I have spin on filters on both my 59 TR3A and healey 3000 and they work perfectly.

10-02-2004, 01:01 AM
No more hot oil all over you, the engine bay, and the floor? Where's the fun in that? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
Seriously,I've converted all but one of my cars to a spin on filter. The holdout is a GT6, that will probably get a remotely mounted one.

Geo Hahn
10-02-2004, 11:49 AM
I really like to keep the cars original -- for me that is part of the fun. But the 'Capt Hazelwood' oil change wasn't much fun so the one non-original component is the spin-on for both TRs.

Nice to paint the filters a color that approximates that peacock blue/green of the original canister -- I think it looks better than a burst of orange down there. I paint a bunch of them at one time so they have 6 months or a year to dry well in case a bit of fuel drips on them.

10-06-2004, 10:21 PM
Thanks, gents. the consensus appears to be the spin on. I like that. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif I ordered a new element from Moss and will change this one to be able to say "I used to use the elements like the purists but now go whith the no backflow spin-on's" Thanks

10-07-2004, 02:18 AM
I converted my TR4 last year. I have been using a WIX 51516. For some interesting info about oil filters check this out. https://minimopar.knizefamily.net/oilfilterstudy.html

10-10-2004, 10:57 AM
My Dad bought a spin-on adaptor from Moss with a fram filter and put it on. It leaked a ton of oil between the adaptor and the engine block. This was several years ago so they have probably improved the o-ring by now. The o-ring was just too narrow to seal the gap. I started working on the car a year ago and the solution I found for this leak was an o-ring from Pep Boys. They have drawers with many sizes of o-rings. I bought a few, tried them out and made a trip back to get more. The end result is an o-ring that fits tightly in the groove and seals the adaptor to the block. No more leaks. If you develop any leaks I would recommend this as a cheap and durable fix. A couple of weeks later I ordered a new o-ring for the adaptor from Moss and it is thicker than the one they used originally so I'll bet it works better. The Pep Boys o-ring is still in there and since there are no leaks I am going to leave it alone.

10-12-2004, 09:49 AM
Thanks, Sean-- that's good to know. Don't have Pep Boys around here but we do have a particularly good hardware store and I know just where the O rings are-- I've used them for plumbing "innovations" and other purposes-- (some not so innovativative as emergent).

Simon TR4a
10-12-2004, 04:39 PM
My adaptor also came from Moss, 9 years ago, and I had one on the TR6 before that. No leaks and they take a very common filter, 3600 series (fits Ford Escort and other popular cars.)