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When I went out to look at my air cleaner yesterday, I did not see that stamping on mine. But I was looking at the rear of the air cleaner. Today, I went out again and looked all over that unit and find that stamping. However, mine is not on the rear of the unit, opposite the FRONT stamping. Mine is off on the passenger side of the air cleaner. I have never noticed this stamping before until Frank brought this up. Here are pix of what mine looks like.
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What's that coffee can looking thing on the fender skirt by the solenoid?
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That is the vacuum "tomato" can. I am aware that some Squarebirds do not have it. Whether or not it is OEM, I do not know. I know it was on the car when I bought it. Perhaps jopizz or Carl ~ partsetal can comment on it.
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That is the vacuum "tomato" can. I am aware that some Squarebirds do not have it. Whether or not it is OEM, I do not know. I know it was on the car when I bought it. Perhaps jopizz or Carl ~ partsetal can comment on it.
Do you have cruise control or something on yours?
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Can you post a picture of your air cleaner. I don't see any raised mark on mine.

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My '58 is the same as yours Ray, on the right side . Also, at the back, mine has that flat spot like yours where the decal would go just in front of it .
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I think that I will try to put the housing on turned a bit, so that the front marking points a bit to the side. That way the placard can stay in the center. I know that the housing can be turned a bit before touching anything.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:16 PM
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That is the vacuum "tomato" can. I am aware that some Squarebirds do not have it. Whether or not it is OEM, I do not know. I know it was on the car when I bought it. Perhaps jopizz or Carl ~ partsetal can comment on it.
No Squarebirds ever came with the tomato can vacuum reservoir. That was used on later models that had vacuum door locks, vacuum vents, etc. I have no idea why it's on your car. Maybe someone put it on there to help your vacuum wipers before you changed to electric.

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Hi Scott, no, I do not have Cruise Control or anything like that. I really have not understood what that vacuum can is supposed to do, and I know that not all Squarebird owners have it on their Tbirds, from what I had read. I had hoped that John or Carl could comment on it. I have no idea if it came from the factory like that or it was added later. I just saw in email what John just said about this, that it was NOT OEM! Thanks, John! While he was typing that, I was in the OFS CD to see if I could find anything about it and found nothing. So someone added it aftermarket, maybe the previous owner. I knew he was using it to tow his boat from Northern Mississippi to the coast, using that Draw-Tite hitch it had on it, so maybe he found he needed additional vacuum for his wipers on those trips. If so, I can tell you that it certainly did not seem to help it much when I used the wipers in the rain a few times!
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Here's the answer I got from Carl Heller regarding the air cleaner:

"The air cleaner Frank has matches one I have on the shelf. To me it is noticeable because the snout has a smaller neck than the opening, just like Frank's, and it also has the diamond mark where his is. No idea if it was unique to the 58's. The bevel at the back seems to be present on many 1960's and some '59's which also have a snout with a straight neck. These resemble some that I've seen from Mercury's which have a straight snout but the edge is folded over, not just cut off like the ones I've mentioned. Not really sure what is correct for what. "

It appears that the mystery continues.

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Here is what Martin just sent me, Carl and John in email...

"Hope I do this right. For your interest if you have not seen this before . From back in the day with the introduction of the ’58 Bird here is a j’peg of the engine bay the way it came from assembly . Original air cleaner. Martin."

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All thanks for the reactions. I saw that the air filter housing can be rotated either way, left or right, without touching anything, but rotating it to the left keeps the most space below the housing. I think i will go that way.
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