I have a 1969, 47 commander with 8v53 Detroits. The engines have had a recent rebuild but still have the canister oil filters. Could someone give me advice on changing to the spin on filters. Converter part numbers and if there is an problems with the conversion.

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I found two Baldwin adaptors on E Bay. See if this link works


Adaptor's will allow you to change to spin on style filters but they will still be upside down. If you buy new spin on heads and reconfigure /replace the inlet and outlet lines you'll be able to mount them where its convenient. I wouldn't go too far from the location, maybe raise them up a bit. you'll have to fabricate a mounting bracket. Its on my list as well, just not at the top yet


I agree with Jim’s assessment. Our friends’ 1969 47’ Commander went through the same changeover on these same engines and made life much easier for its owner (in his mid 70’s) at oil change time. All changeover parts available at Detroit Diesel as a “spin on oil filter conversion kit”.

Don't know if you ever got around to changing your oil filter set up. I spoke with a Detroit dealer in Conn., Stewart & Stevenson, (860) 246-1810. They set me up with a Detroit Spin on head #5104115. Donaldson filter # P551670. I'll make my own mounting bracket and replace the lines using a local company. Hope this helps.

There are adapters.  I have one that i will sell at a good price.  call me  727 420 5792

If you look at the rear left side of the engine just inside of the exhaust riser you can see where I mounted a new spin on oil filter head. It is a Detroit part. I had a 3/8" aluminum plate cut as wide as the head and 16" tall. I bolted it at the bottom to the same bracket the old upside down canister style filter was bolted to. Then I just mounted the head at the top of the bracket. I had new oil lines made to run from the side of the block up to the head. All the parts ran about $425.00 by the time I was done. I'll do the port engine at some time in the near future. Removing the air intake allows easy access to the raw water pump with plenty of room to pull the impeller. Bit of an oily nasty project but worth it to me.

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