[Saloon-lovers] Mk IX Wipac Headlights & Pancake Air Filter Query

Hi all,

I have a 1959 Mk IX manual without overdrive here in Harare,
Zimbabwe and I hope to take the first tentative steps
towards restoration soon. Before I get started I would like
to ask if anyone knows why my car might have Wipac
headlights rather than the normal ‘J’ headlights? It also
has an AC pancake air filter rather than the standard one.
Might these have been changed prior to the car being sent
out to the tropics? Photos of both can be supplied.

I look forward to your responses.

Regards

Fergus–
Zim Mk IX
Harare, Zimbabwe
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In reply to a message from Zim Ferg sent Tue 11 Sep 2012:

Fergus,

Wipac are (they are still on the go) a generic replacement part
manufacturer. They were cheaper than the Lucas originals. It sounds
like a PO was a bit of a cheapskate using what he could get his
hands on at the time.

Art–
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Might these have been changed prior to the car being sent
out to the tropics? Photos of both can be supplied.


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In reply to a message from ARTIEFARTY sent Tue 11 Sep 2012:

Hi Art,

Thank you for your reply. Will have to try and find a pair of
Js!

Regards

Fergus–
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In reply to a message from Zim Ferg sent Tue 11 Sep 2012:
Fergus,
Wipac are (they are still on the go) a generic replacement part
manufacturer. They were cheaper than the Lucas originals. It sounds
like a PO was a bit of a cheapskate using what he could get his
hands on at the time.
Art


Zim Mk IX
Harare, Zimbabwe
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In reply to a message from Zim Ferg sent Tue 11 Sep 2012:

Hi Fergus -

The Mk IX was fitted with an AC Oil Bath filter in Australia
and South Africa as standard equipment vs. the Vokes air
filter cylinder used in the US, UK and Europe.

Frankly speaking the absolute misery in sourcing a Vokes air
filter (i.e. effectively NLA, anywhere) means that your oil
bath filter is far superior from a routine maintenance
perspective.

Some seem to think the AC oil bath filters are no good, but
don’t listen to them - actually they are excellent filters
which do a very good job of removing heavy particulates like
dust. All you need to do is change the oil in them once in
a while and you are good to go. One of the very best air
filters you can have on an old British car, honestly.

Best Regards,

Alan–
'52 A90 '53 BN1 '59 Mk IX '64 BJ8
Hong Kong, Hongkong
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In reply to a message from healeynut sent Sun 16 Sep 2012:

Dear Alan

Thank you very much for your reply and advice, and I will
certainly hang on to my AC filter!–
The original message included these comments:

The Mk IX was fitted with an AC Oil Bath filter in Australia
and South Africa as standard equipment vs. the Vokes air
filter cylinder used in the US, UK and Europe.
Some seem to think the AC oil bath filters are no good, but
don’t listen to them - actually they are excellent filters
which do a very good job of removing heavy particulates like
dust. All you need to do is change the oil in them once in
a while and you are good to go. One of the very best air
filters you can have on an old British car, honestly.
Alan


Zim Mk IX
Harare, Zimbabwe
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