Where can I get the thick felt pad that is used to oil the rocker assembly on a Frontenac head. I found one at The Filling Station (A Chevy Parts House) but I hate to put a Chevy part on a T
Frontenac was made by the Chevrolet Brothers so the felt won't matter.
B Zero B, My Rajo uses the same type of felt pad for oiling. I got mine from McMaster-Carr industrial supply in Atlanta. I think the minimum size felt pads they have are 12" x 12", but that was enough for my Rajo and should be enough for any OHV (and it doesn't have a Chevy part number), and is reasonable, too.
I have the Ch%$y pads on both a Rajo and Fronty.
The pads don't have that C-word on them so I figger I'm in the clear!
Terry, what thickness pad do you use?
Thanks to All for the input. It looks like I will go with the pad from the Filling Station. It is the right size and stuff and a reasonable price - problem solved.
Thanks again to the Forum Fellas
Tom: I went with a fairly thick felt, probably a half inch before it got squished. I'd have to measure the thickness on an unused pad to tell you for sure.
The pad that came with my new chaffin rajo is a good inch thick and soaked up a quart of oil.
For you guys who have Rajos or Fronty's, I was wondering - how often do you need to oil the felt?
Would it be possible to not oil the felt if you used one of the high volume oilers (on hogshead in line with flywheel) and ran a line from the hogshead to your OHV? It wouldn't be pressure oiling but maybe you could get it to drip some on top of the felt - if it did actually get some oil up there you would need a return somewhere to the crankcase.
A high volume oiler would give much more than the rockers need - I'm thinking a drip feed oiler on top of the valve cover would look cool and give sufficient oiling when the felt has been soaked once?
I guess the reason I was suggesting the high volume one was that it would have to force the oil uphill to get it from the hogshead to on top of the rockers.
I was thinking if it did supply too much you run a return line from somewhere up front down to the hole where you normally screw in the mag post oiler. I don't think it'd be very hard to make a low, flat funnel in the front of the valve cover that would feed straight down to that mag post oiler hole. Basically just like the internal one on the back of the block, just turned on it's side to catch any oil moving forward when you brake. Heck, you could even keep a mag post oiler and just have a T set up to accept the extra from the head along with the mag post.
The point of my idea being that then you don't have to remove the valve cover and oil the felt - the engine does it for you, and with a mod easier than installing some kind of oil pump somewhere. Just HV oiler on the hogshead and small mod to the valve cover.
I've seen an reference to the original lubrication chart for 20's 4 cyl Chevys - it specifies oil on rockers every 250 miles, so not much oil needed really. Some Ford Model T lube charts wants us to oil the spindle bolts every 100 miles
My Fronty has been on the road since 1970
The previous owner did thousands of miles in it before he passed. It has never had a felt pad, I just run the oil can over the rocker gear at the beginning of each days run. Never had a problem, the oil stays around and the valve gear always is wet with oil.
I could not see a pad with oil in it would be any use until it dripped out onto the valve gear so once it stopped dripping you would have to add more anyway, and there could be a chance you would rely on it supplying oil when actually none was being delivered. Drooped over the mechanism the oil would tend to find the lowest point on the pad to drip from which could be well away from where it was needed.
Seth, A friend has a Rajo which he added an oil line to from the top of the hogs head, he had so much oil he had to put in a return line to drain it all away.