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Old 06-19-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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< $20 Lowes Catch Can w/ drain plug

Just couldn't justify spending $100+ dollars on something like a catch can. Spent less than $20 bucks at Lowes and about $8 at Napa for some fuel hose to make this guy. Drain plug on the bottom. I'll see how it works









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Old 06-19-2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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You may want to swap out your 3m pads for something like stainless steel pot scrubbers... I've heard stories of pads like that degrading over time and pieces getting sucked into the engine.

Aside from that, I applaud your creativity!
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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I agree with Jason on using steel wool. I work in the oil and gas industry, and we refer to this as a gas scrubber. Here is a design of it: http://www.ahlundberginc.com/images/bleach16.gif

The idea is to enter the chamber near the bottom and force the gas (speaking of natural gas that we deal with) through a media (steel wool) for liquids to adhere to. They then fall out to the bottom of the chamber to be dumped out.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:29 PM   #4
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You may want to swap out your 3m pads for something like stainless steel pot scrubbers... I've heard stories of pads like that degrading over time and pieces getting sucked into the engine.

Aside from that, I applaud your creativity!
Thanks man...yeah just took it apart and wow after less than a couple hours of driving already had a good amount of oil/bs in the can. The 3m pad I think will hold up fine, but I did wrap it with window screen I had left over from something else just to help keep it together. Check it out the bottom cavity where the drain plug is located is already full as well as what you see on the bottom lip. Crazy but hey it works.

I would probably replace the 3m pad every couple of oil changes anyway..they are less than 3 bucks for two full pads which would easily 4 change outs cutting them in half.



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Old 06-21-2014, 03:05 AM   #5
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This is exactly what I was looking for!

Are those nipples 3/8ths? Hose size is 3/8ths too? Don't think I've seen a tee in the commercial kits, just two 90 degree.


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Old 06-21-2014, 03:21 AM   #6
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The t barb isn't needed just got it in case. There aren't any lines running from the back of my valve covers on my ss they are both blocked off. Yes the barb ends are all 3/8 and the threaded ends into the base are 1/2.

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Old 06-21-2014, 04:26 AM   #7
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:27 AM   #8
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Pretty cool.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:53 AM   #9
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Something just a little more high-tech:







I love the speed shop at Lowe's.

For filter material substitute, I used a/c filter. Heat and fuel resistant. Cheap, too.



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Old 06-21-2014, 11:04 AM   #10
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The point wasn't to just buy an air/water separator like everyone else that does it themselves.

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Old 06-21-2014, 04:03 PM   #11
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The point was to save money and not pay billet prices.
Maybe you missed the point I was showing.
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:51 PM   #12
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See how long the filter lasts using an air/water seperator when you are stopping used motor oil. Not long. It will clog.

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Old 06-21-2014, 06:22 PM   #13
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I have been using this medium for filter elements since 2009 and haven't had any problems with clogging or degradation yet. I'm not too keen with having stranded stainless steel in the PCV line. No matter how you cut it, there's always some fragments left. But that's just me.

The world's full of choices.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:12 PM   #14
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I didn't use steel wool in my catch can, instead I used this:

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotch-Brit...3392311&sr=1-4


Larger filaments, stainless steel, and it's actually the perfect size already - just pop the entire thing in.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:06 PM   #15
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I just saw those at target and they also had copper scrubbing pads which I picked up. Both were 2 bucks at my local target. I picked the copper pads as they definitely won't ever come apart.

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Old 06-22-2014, 10:40 PM   #16
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very cool concept. never would have thought of that
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:52 PM   #17
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This forum inspired me to make one using a stainless steel thermos. Thanks for the idea!
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This forum inspired me to make one using a stainless steel thermos. Thanks for the idea!
Post pics when you get it done!
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Post pics when you get it done!
Did a DIY for it:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366135

Only change was to use fuel injector hose to kill the 'hiss' that came from the cheaper hose...

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I like that one -- looks like a remote oil filter adapter like I used on my Piper Warrior!

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Old 07-10-2014, 02:25 AM   #22
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That's a really cool idea ! I just posted about using one of the universal catch cans I seen on ebay for like 30.00 but no one responded. I really don't see what the difference is between the $200.00 rx or elite or the ebay one for $30.00? Maybe Ill try and make my own as well.
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HAMMDO, HERE IS A LINK TO THE INFO FOR THE PARTS I USED AND SOME MORE PICS.

ROGER.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366862
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:58 PM   #24
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HAMMDO, HERE IS A LINK TO THE INFO FOR THE PARTS I USED AND SOME MORE PICS.

ROGER.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366862
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:03 AM   #25
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Is there any way we can run two of these ? I've been getting a lot of grief some some of the other people on this forum say in that these won't work only the 200.oo ones like elite and rx or apex works...if that's the case if i can run 2 of these 20 Lowe's set ups I'm still 160.00 ahead of the game ! Also OP can you give me a parts list for you set up please ?
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