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.

Thank you 

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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

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