Back in the days before children, we used to own a Diesel Trawler, and Gulf Coast filters were often used for fuel polishing with rolls of paper towels as a filter medium. If you google up Gulf Coast and paper towel you can find discussions like this:
Re: Gulf Coast Filter - Paper towel elements? [Re: LITOA] #309376108/12/13 05:40 PM
Joined: May 2010
Originally Posted By: LITOA
From what you are saying, it sounds like you are using paper towels straight from Cosco, into the housing. No fabric sock, no plastic ends, no removal of the center cardboard core, correct? It is my understanding that the most important thing is to get the most densely wound roll you can find with the diameter of the roll being as large as possible and still fit in the housing.
Yep, that's correct--the denser the roll the better. I do leave the roll as-is and reuse the plastic ends, but I don't use the plastic sock. I thought about ordering some of the GCF elements just to get some spare plastic ends, but I haven't bothered.
I presume you are having no issues with the paper degrading to the point where it is flowing into the engine?
Thank you very much!
My pleasure, and no issues with paper floating around in the oil at all. If that were happening it would certainly be reflected in my analysis reports. Also, when I change out the paper towel roll, it comes out looking the same as it went in (except it's now all black and oily grin ). If it were disintegrating in the oil flow I expect it would look eroded or chunks would be missing--I definitely don't see either of that happening.