I don't remember how long the motorcraft FL 1 filter has been around..I think before an A was added to it, but for any old ford guy not to know that filter fits just about everything and anything unless there is a small space issue would surprise me. Nowadays I run Wix filters...I don't know the number off the top of my head, but I know to cross-reference it to an FL1 and then it gives me 3 choices...naturally, I pick the most expensive one, just because, it must be the best one, right? lol...I wonder if an oil filter for an 89 mustang windsor is smaller..I bet it is...Why would you not just say a 302 67 mercury cougar...the 331 comment doesn't matter does it?..of course they will ask what transmission is in it and do you have the production date
I agree! That's why I never mention anything exotic at a parts store. I just say something like "It's an 89 Mustang 5.0 HO" which they can usually look up easily enough. But more typically, I go in with the information (and part number) I need. This was just something I needed in the moment, because I forgot to order one along with a lot of other Summit parts. 331? Forget that. Even a lot of genuinely knowledgeable parts people might not know what that was, unless they happen to be Ford enthusiasts.I see both sides of the argument. I actually worked at an O'Reillys when I first left active duty and was in school, my GI Bill was more than I made full-time as a night manager and that's the OLD GI Bill. I guess that could only hire ASE mechanics and hot rod builders, but imagine the increase in salaries and guess who's going to pay for that when they buy their parts!
But also, why try and confuse them? Why even say it's a 331 stroker, that has nothing to do with it!?! That has nothing to do w/ the filter.... it's still a 302 block! And w/ hot rods? Forget about it! I wouldn't go in asking for a cap n' rotor for an HEI in SBF Windor... I'd go in and ask for the part using the GM model as a reference and then say, "It's for an HEI in my Mustang."
You can't expect them to know all the OEM parts for ALL manufacturers for ALL models, can you?!? PLUS hot rod applications? If they knew that they probably wouldn't be working at a parts store! Pull your own part #s if you're going to build something even remotely out of the norm IMO (hell, I pull my own on my DDs/late models too).
Maybe by time those kids are YOUR age they'll have the same knowledge-base, jus' sayin'
Umm, NO. 1976.Max,Umm,....NO. The FE was used until 1979. There were Ford built U-Haul trucks that had them, 390s. LSG
I'm noticed that happening at Walmart too when I've gone to buy filters. I noticed they're starting to seal the boxes.Just be careful at Walmart. I use K&N oil filters on my Tacoma. Last time I went someone had put a $ 5 Fram in the K&N box & I'm guessing left with the $ 15 K&N in the Fram box
Or buy two filters, a Fram and K&N, and then bring back the Fram filter in the K&N box for a refund.Just be careful at Walmart. I use K&N oil filters on my Tacoma. Last time I went someone had put a $ 5 Fram in the K&N box & I'm guessing left with the $ 15 K&N in the Fram box
I feel blessed to have a competent AutoZone, Napa, O'Reilly and Advance all within 4 blocks of each other roughly 6 miles from my house. We also now have a "performance speed shop" and you can buy CAM2 leaded fuel from the Sunoco right beside it all in our little town of Circleville.Your first problem is it’s Autozone.
The next good thing you can do is not go to an Autozone. Napa’s or Oreilly’s tend to have guys that know their way around a car.