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Identifying Air Cleaners for High Performance Mopars
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This page is a guide to identifying Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth performance air cleaners. This will help you identify the proper air cleaner for your particular car or an air cleaner you may have laying around. There are many similar air cleaners and at times it can be hard to figure out which one you need. Air filter part numbers are provided where available but a lot of these are discontinued. It would be wise to stock up on a few if you can still find them. Please note that I am not an expert, I have gathered this information over the years and some of it may not be correct, please feel free to send corrections.

This will be a growing page as I gather more information and photos. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to contact me at

Please Note:   The photos shown below are for identification only. I do not have or sell air cleaners. Some air cleaners are available as reproductions, others can only be found used.

Other identification pages:

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A note about pie tins and decals...

I get a lot of questions about which pie-tin goes on which models or which decals are used and where are they mounted. There are differing opinions on this subject.

Click here for some history and general guidelines.

Click here for more pie tin information.

1957 Chrysler 300C, 392 Hemi
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Air filter info:

AC #A84C
Fram #CA161PL
Mopar #L141
Napa #2030
Purolator #AFP2
Wix #42030
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1957 Plymouth Fury, 318. Note difference in shape of housing from the '57 300C.
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Air filter info:

AC #A84C
Fram #CA161PL
Mopar #L141
Napa #2030
Purolator #AFP2
Wix #42030
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1958 Chrysler 300D, 392 Hemi
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Air filter info:

AC #A84C
Fram #CA163PL
Purolator #AFP15
Wix #42042
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1958 Plymouth Fury, 318 and 350
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Air filter info:

AC #A84C
Fram #CA163PL
Purolator #AFP15
Wix #42042
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1959 Chrysler 300E, 413 wedge
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Air filter info:

AC #A84C
Fram #CA163PL
Purolator #AFP15
Wix #42042
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1959-62 Golden Commando 395 (361 cubic inch 4-bbl.). Also used on police cars. I would assume the Dodge version has a different decal on top and may be painted black instead of gold. If anyone has good photos of one, please contact me.
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Air filter info:

Air filter info:

Fram #CA170PL
Lee #AFL-10
Mopar #1851493
Motorcraft #FA-16
Napa #2070
Purolator #AFP-10
Unico #UCA505
Wix #42070
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1960-63 361, 383 and 413 with dual quads and long-ram manifolds. These were used on Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto and Plymouth cars. I'm still trying to determine what colors are appropriate for the different models and engines.
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Air filter info:

AC #A113C
Fram #CA189
Lee #AFL132
Mopar #2120634
Napa #2083
Purolator #AFP5
Wix #42021


1962 300H 413, standard engine with dual quads inline. There is a flat area on each air cleaner so that they can fit together. This same style of can is used in various forms in the late '50s. NOTE: I've been told that these air cleaners use a filter that is only 2.5" tall compared to 3.5" for the earlier ones but some air filter charts I've seen show the same filter used for both.
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Air filter info:

AC #A84C
Fram #CA163PL
Purolator #AFP15
Wix #42042
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1962-66 361, 383 and 413 4-Barrel.

Same air cleaner as '65-7 273 4-barrel except it is painted black. The cover appears to be the same as some slant six engines. Cars with cleaner air package (CAP) had nipple to connect to breather cap.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA162PL
Mopar #1946923
Napa #2041
WIX #42041
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1962-64 413 and 426 Max Wedge. The bases are unique depending on the application. Carter 3447 carburetors used on '62-63 Stage I Max Wedge had smaller air horns. Carter 3705 carburetors used on the 1963 Stage II and 1964 Stage III engines had larger air horns. Lids were the same for both styles. The lids were used in other applications (especially overseas) and are more common than the correct bases. Click here for a page with more information and photos.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA170PL
Lee #AFL-10
Mopar #1851493
Motorcraft #FA-16
Napa #2070
Purolator #AFP-10
Unico #UCA505
Wix #42070
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1964 413 with dual quads and long-ram manifolds. Note that there are two different kinds of housings, some have a breather nipple for emissions.
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Air filter info:

AC #A113C
Fram #CA189
Lee #AFL132
Mopar #2120634
Napa #2083
Purolator #AFP5
Wix #42021


1964-65 426 Wedge 4-Barrel, also known as the Commando 426, 426 Street Wedge or 426-S. These were also used in the rare '64-66 Dodge CSS/HPP Pickup. Click here for more info on these trucks. The Plymouth versions (maybe only the '65 Fury) used a decal calling out the engine as "Commando 426". Cars and trucks with cleaner air package (CAP) had nipple to connect to breather cap.

Note, this air cleaner looks similar to 1967-early 1968 A-body 383 unit except that it is chrome and has a smaller area around the wingnut.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1964-65 426 Race Hemi. Click here for a page with more information. Scroll past the Max Wedge information.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA132
Mopar #2468987
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1965-67 273 4-Barrel. Note, this unit is the same as early 361 and 383 4-Barrel unsilenced air cleaner except it is chrome instead of black. Cars with cleaner air package (CAP) had nipple to connect to breather cap.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA162PL
Mopar #1946923
Napa #2041
WIX #42041
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1965-67 383, 413 and 440 except 1967 B-body 440. The 440 TNT decal shown below is from a 1966 Chrysler. Not sure if 1967 used this or not. Cars with cleaner air package (CAP) had nipple to connect to breather cap. Note: I've seen two styles in 1967 cars. The difference is the indent on the front. The last two pictures are from a 1967 Fury I police vehicle with a 383.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1966-69 426 Street Hemi. The small decal was used in 1966-67 and the larger one in 1968-69. Note: It has been reported that the 1966 models did not have the 426 Hemi decals and that owners added them at a later time.
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Air filter info:

Height 2.75"
Top OD 18.25"
Bottom OD 18.25"

K&N #E-1920
Mopar #2658856


1967 440 4-Barrel. Used in the GTX, Coronet R/T and Charger. Not sure if it was used in other models or on the 383. Most likely this is for B-bodies only. Looks like '68-9 version except for different indent in front for A/C clearance. Cars with cleaner air package (CAP) had nipple on left snorkel to connect to breather cap.
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NOTE: There are two different air cleaners in this style, one is taller than the other and uses a different base. See the photos below. They both use the same air filter element. Not sure yet what the exact application is but it appears that the B-body cars used the shorter one. If anyone has an explanation, please let me know.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1967 and early 1968 A-body 383 4-Barrel. Note, this air cleaner looks similar to 1964-65 426 Wedge 4-Barrel unit but is black wrinkle instead of chrome and has a larger area around wing nut. Also used on early 1968 B-bodies. Note that 1967 cars would be equipped with an AFB carburetor and would use a different base plate with a smaller diameter hole for the carb than 1968 models. 1967 cars without cleaner air package (CAP) did not have nipple to connect to breather cap.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1968 383 and 440 dual snorkel for Dodge and Plymouth B and C-bodies. Note oval snorkels but small center cone. Will not accept pie-tins. Chryslers with the TNT and 383 HP engine option seem to use different air cleaner with longer snorkels and can take a pie tin.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1968-69 340, 383 and 440 4-Barrel unsilenced except early 1968 models. Mopar Performance reproduced these in black wrinkle (P4529001) and chrome (P4529002 or P4529025) but factory units were always black wrinkle.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1968-69 440 T-N-T 4-Barrel and 383 HP for Chryslers. These are similar to others except have longer snorkels.

Photos below are from a survivor '68 Newport with 383 HP engine owned by Rich Rigby.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1969 383 and 440 4-Barrel. Similar to '68 B-body except for difference in indent on front for A/C clearance. Also, the breather hose comes off the air cleaner body instead of the snorkel.
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Air filter info:

AC #A171C
Baldwin #PA693
Fram #CA127
K&N #E-1540
Luber-Finer #AF127
Mopar #2402677
Motorcraft #FA17
Purolator #A50062
WIX #42043
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1969 383 and 440 4-Barrel with Air Grabber or Ramcharger fresh-air hood. 383 baseplates are different and sit higher on the carb than the others. Click here to see how to tell them apart.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1969 440 6-Barrel/Six-Pack used with fiberglass lift-off hood on Super Bee and Road Runner. Note that lip on air cleaner lid flares out. Cars with fiberglass hoods have this feature to shed water away from the filter.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1969-71 426 Hemi with fresh-air hood (not shaker).

UPDATE: I've been informed that the air cleaner shown below is for 1970 B-body only. 1969 has the breather tube on the driver's side. 1971 dropped the choke pre-heater hose fitting (small fitting behind rear carburetor) although some cars may have gotten units with the fitting.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1970 383 and 440 4-Barrel. Note that breather hose comes off back of unit. Snorkels have straight crease line on their right and left side. 1972 air cleaners are very similar but have a curved crease line or hump on right side of their snorkels.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1970 340 6-Barrel/Six-Pack used on Challenger T/A and AAR 'Cuda. Note that lip on air cleaner lid flares out. Cars with fiberglass hoods have this feature to shed water away from the filter.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1970-71 440 6-Barrel/Six-Pack for cars without fresh-air hood. Note air/water shield on base in front of filter, this is to prevent water from being blown directly into the filter from the engine fan. Air cleaner for cars with steel fresh air hood are the same but don't have the sheild. A few 1972 B-bodies were made with 6-pack engines but they should all have a fresh air hood. Also note that carburetor stud placement is different than single or dual 4-barrel equipped cars. 6-pack lids are easy to spot because rear carb stud hole is close to the back.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1970-71 340 4-Barrel without fresh air hood on B/E-bodies. All A-bodies. Has two oval holes where snorkels would normally be.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1970-71 426 Hemi for cars without fresh-air hood. Note air shield on base in front of filter. Cars with steel fresh-air hoods (except shaker) use the same air cleaner but do not have the sheild. 1970 cars have a choke pre-heater hose fitting behind the rear carburetor. Some '71 cars might have the fitting.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1970-71 Shaker used on E-Body cars. Note, the top of the shaker came in black, argent silver or body color (may only be FE5 red). Available with 340 4-barrel, 383 4-barrel, 440 4-barrel, 440 6-barrel (6-Pack) and 426 Hemi. 1970 Hemis have a choke pre-heater tube fitting behind rear carburetor. Some 1971s may have had it as well.
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The pictures below are courtesy of Scott Smith from www.HarmsAuto.com.
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Air filter info:

Fram #CA332
K&N #E-1980
Mopar #2946186
Purolator AF3359
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1970-72 340, 383, 400 and 440 4-Barrel with fresh-air hood for B-body. These look very similar to the oval lid 4-Barrel air cleaner but is totally different. There is a drain pan recess at the front with tubes where you fit drain hoses that hange over the valve covers. There is also just one stud to hold the lid on. The lid is unique as well, it hangs down to cover the top part of the filter to protect it from rain when the air door is open. 383 and 400 baseplates are different and sit higher on the carb than the others. Click here to see how to tell them apart.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1971 383 and 440 4-Barrel. Has breather hose coming from left snorkel. There are two versions of the right snorkel design. Some of them have a straight line running diagonally and other have a hump in the line.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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Motorhome Air Cleaner. I've added this one here because I often get questions about this type of air cleaner. These were typically used on Class A motorhomes with the 440 engine. Note that there are no heat stove valves in the snorkels. Some also come with the snorkels closer together.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1972 340 4-Barrel. Has flap in floor that opens at full throttle to allow more air in.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1972-73 400 4-Barrel. These look very similar to 1970 air cleaners but snorkel design is different.
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Bottom O.D. 12.8"

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1973 340 4-Barrel. No flap in floor. Originally I thought the 1973 models used the flap but I've seen more and more without it. If anyone has a true survivor car with either air cleaner, I'd like to see photos.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1973 440 4-Barrel. Has flap in floor that opens at full throttle to allow more air in.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1974 360 4-Barrel for B-bodies. Has flap in floor that opens at full throttle to allow more air in. Note that OSAC valve is mounted to it.
NOTE: I need confirmation of cars that have this air cleaner. Some may have the shorter snorkel type shown below.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1974 360 4-Barrel for A and E-bodies. No flap in floor. Note that OSAC valve is mounted to it.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1974 440 4-Barrel single long snorkel. Flap in floor. Seen this on B-bodies
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1974 400 and 440 4-Barrel dual snorkel. Note that one snorkel is much longer than the other one.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1974 400 and 440 4-Barrel dual snorkel wide angle. Note that one snorkel is much longer than the other one and that the angle between the snorkels is much wider than typical. Not clear what designated which style was installed. Seen on cop cars. First picture is a '74 Monaco Canadian police car. The last picture is from a '74 Road Runner 400.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1975-76 360 A and B-Body. No flap in bottom.                  
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1976-77 440 4-Barrel wide angle with fresh air hose. Most likely for full size cop cars. Note that one snorkel is much longer than the other one and that the angle between the snorkels is much wider than typical. Not clear what designated which style was installed. Seen on cop cars.

Note: This air cleaner may also come on 1975 and 1978 cars. I'm still learning what came on later cars.
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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1978-79 360 4-bbl in 'Lil Red Express Trucks.                  
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Air filter info:

AC #A354C
Baldwin #PA2010
Donaldson #P606069
Fram #CA305
K&N #E-1530
Luber-Finer #AF305
Mopar #2863349
Mopar #P5249011
Motorcraft #FA72R
NAPA #2044
Purolator #A50084
Rushpart #710046
WIX #42044
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Here is some information on Pie Tins.

This is based on observations and discussions with other people. None of it is written in stone and as with a lot of things the factory did, there are variations. Most of the information pertains to performance engines, those with 4-barrel carburetors and Hemis. The label issue is a more complicated and somewhat controversial one. I'll gather more information on them at a later date. It will certainly take an entire page to cover it.

"Pie Tins" are the aluminum discs that fit on top of the round air cleaners and denote the engine in the car. Starting in about 1964 or 1965, Chrysler started putting decorative decals on their chrome air cleaners. The first ones being Plymouth's "426 Commando" decal used on the b-body 426-S 4-Barrel engine. Also using a label are the 273 4-barrel engines used in the Barracuda, Valiant and Dart models. The Barracuda and Valiant ones said "273 Commando" while the Dart ones said "273 Charger". I don't believe that the 426-S engine used in other models used a decal. The 426 Hemi chrome air cleaners used decals and there are two styles. A small one for 1966-67 and a larger one for 1968-69. The 1966 Chrysler 440 T-N-T engine used a metal decal as well. The oval air cleaners used on several models from 1969-72 used various decals to denote the engine.

Pie Tins on performance cars started in 1967 with the Belvedere GTX and Coronet R/T, and possibly the Charger, equipped with the 440 engine. The Plymouth ones said "440 Super Commando" and had crossed flags in the center where the wingnut goes. The Dodge ones said "440 Magnum". The Barracuda and Dart models equipped with 383 engines also got pie tins with the Barracuda calling out "383 Commando" and the Dart with "383 Four Barrel". In 1968, Plymouth Road Runners came on the scene and they used "383 Road Runner" pie tins. The 1968 and newer 340s all used "340 Four Barrel".

In general, Plymouth cars used "Commando" on Barracuda and non-performance models and "Super Commando" on performance models except the Road Runner which used "383 Road Runner". Dodge used "Four Barrel" on Dart and non-performance models and "Magnum" on performance models. Red coloring was used up through late 1968 (some early 1969 models?) and orange coloring was used for most 1969 models and later.

Chrysler and Imperial also used pie tins. For Chrysler, they came on the "440 T-N-T" engines as there were two performance levels for the 440 in the full size cars. Imperials used a silver and black tin with "Imperial" lettering on them. Furys, Polaras and Monacos may have used pie tins with the 440 HP motors. I don't know as much about the full-size applications.

Starting in 1972, the pie tins started to go away and were replaced with decals that went partially around the center of the lid. These said "Four Barrel" in the center with the engine displacement shown at each side. They were used on 340, 360, 400 and 440 engines.

Pie tins made a comeback on some of the lean burn engines as well as the fuel-injected Imperials.

If you have information to add or correct, please let me know.


How to tell 340, 383, 400 and 440 4-barrel Ramcharger and Air Grabber air cleaners apart.

The 383 and 400 engines are shorter than the 340 and 440 engines so the air cleaner base needs to be taller to seal to the hood. The 340 and 440 ones are the same height. You can measure them a couple ways to determine which one you have.

1969

Thanks to Tim Bernardin for the following images showing the difference between two 1969 air cleaners. Click on the images for larger views.

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1970-1972

This style with the small round lid is similar but measures differently at the crossbar. Reader Mike Brodin provided the following measurements.

Height from bottom of air cleaner throat to top of crossbar

383/400 - 2 1/2"
340/440 - 2"
QuickBpBp from Moparts provided the following images. If you set the air cleaner base on a flat surface, such as a table, the carburetor throat for the 383 and 400 will sit completely on the table. On the 340 and 440, the outer edge of the air cleaner will hit the table and the carburetor throat will not. You should be able to slip your fingers underneath it.
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Click here for a larger view. Air Cleaner Wrinkle Finish

I get a lot of questions about the wrinkle finish used on some air cleaners and how to reproduce it. At right is a close up of the texture on a nice original '69 unsilenced air cleaner lid. Click on the picture for a larger view. I've now seen this finish on air cleaners from '67-71. On later ones, the finish is very light and seems to wear away easily.

I've had conversations with a past Chrysler engineer who worked in the air cleaner lab in the late '60s to early '70s. He tells me that the main supplier of B engine air cleaner assemblies was Canadian Fram Corporation of Chatham, Ontario. They stamped, assembled and painted the air cleaners, then delivered them to all the Chrysler assembly plants. His recollection is that the wrinkle finish was a bit more rough than the example here and that strong liquid cleaners can wear off the high points on the finish.

As for recreating this wrinkle finish, I've not been able to get the finish right. Some people say that Harley Davidson wrinkle paint is the best and I've not tried it. Most paint I've tried gives a very rough finish. Other people have stated that baking the paint in the oven at a low temperature helps to smooth out the wrinkle. I really need to try it sometime.

If anyone has hints they'd like to share, please let me know.

Other examples of original wrinkle finish. Click on images for larger views.
1968-69 Unsilenced - Click on image for larger view. 1970 Dual Snorkel - Click on image for larger view. 1970 Dual Snorkel - Click on image for larger view. 1970 Dual Snorkel - Click on image for larger view. 1970-71 340 - Click on image for larger view.


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