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Drip oiler

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Old 07-20-2005, 09:31:29 PM
Dale S Dale S is offline
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Question Drip oiler

I have a drip oiler that does not have the check ball in it.Has anyone ever put a ball in one that never had one? Is this possible? I would also need to drill a hole thru the threads to insert a wire to hold the ball in.I would appreciate anyone that can help me witrh this.
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:35:51 PM
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Default Re: Drip oiler

One method is to unscrew the lower sight glass portion from the reservoir body (so you don't bust the big glass), find a ball that will adequately block the hole and isn't too big, drill a hole at the correct place across the pipe threaded bottom end and press in a piece of brass welding rod to capture the loose ball.

Just figure out the correct sizes and locations and drill the hole for the brazing rod so that it isn't a sloppy fit. The rod can be cut a scosh short so that it doesn't foul the pipe threads or pein the rod ends to lock it in and re-profile the threads where the rod interfers. Custom tailor to suit yourself....
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Old 07-21-2005, 11:05:36 AM
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Dale, It depends on the engine you are going to use the oiler on whether or not you need a check ball oiler. On many engines a regular machine oiler works fine, On some engines the oiler is placed to the rear enough that there is no problem with compression causeing air to blow up through the oiller pipe. However, if the engine in queston has the oiler pipe located closer to the front/head, or if the engine has a lot of blow by a check ball oiler is needed. If you put a check ball in a non check ball oiler you still would not have the tube which is inside the top/large part of the oiler that lets any air that gets by the check ball escape into the top of the oiler. Also, the fill cap is threaded on the engine oilers and fits tight and on machine oilers there is usually just a swing away lid over the filler hole which will let any air that is forced up through the oiler blow out from under the lidalong with some oil. I hope this helps a little. Good luck in a good hobby. Joe Morris
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