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Old 10-07-2004, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

So I grabbed myself a 32oz jug of MMO the other night at the parts store, because I've read several things about it over the years.

Now I'm seeking advice for the best ways to use it on my '54. I've got a 223 inline 6 in there with solid lifters. The car has ~65,xxx miles on it and it's all original. I've been out driving it around, and was wondering if I should put any MMO in the oil, or in the gas tank?

Tips and advice appreciated!

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Old 10-07-2004, 10:51 AM   #2
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both
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

I use it in both as well. One other way I use it is to fog my motors for winter storage. I pour it right down the carb while it's idling till I stall it out. It coats all the inside surfaces. It's also great for squirting into spark plug holes in engines that have sat around awhile to help lube the cylinders and rings before firing it up.
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:00 AM   #4
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A greatlube for your air tools too!!!!
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:15 AM   #5
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

I oil my gauze air filters (like K&N) with it after washing and drying them. Also use it for my air tools as has been mentioned.
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:21 AM   #6
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

Here just may be how this stuff was invented.

Story about Marvel Mystery Oil: During the summer of 2000 we were cruising through the Central Adirondacks of New York State in our mostly original '23 Touring. We stopped for gas at a local station, and a gentleman who appeared to be about 80 yrs old, in coveralls, came out to the pumps. I noticed he had a thick New York City accent. He admired the T, and we talked about old Fords for a few minutes. I finished gassing up, and topped off the tank with a 4 oz. baby-jar full of MMO. He said, "Why do you use that stuff?" I replied, I'd been using it(I'm 53 yrs old) for over 30 yrs in all my flathead V-8s, Model As and Ts, good upper cyl lube, etc, etc. He said, "I'll tell you a story: During the Depression, when I was in high school, I worked as a mechanic in a sewing shop in the Garment District in NYC. Those old sewing machines had visible oilers on top, and when it got hot the oil would stink, and the ladies who ran the machines would complain. The owner, whose name was Marvel, (pronounced Mar-VELL) told me to go down a few doors to the candy factory-I think it was a 'LifeSaver' type candy- and get a couple of gallons of Oil of Wintergreen and some food coloring. We mixed it with the 10 wt. sewing machine oil to make it less offensive to the ladies. It became popular with the other shops, and Marvel made more money with that oil, than with the sewing. Whenever anyone asked what was in the oil, Marvel said, 'Don't ask... It's a MYSTERY!' and that's how the name came about!"

You meet the most interesting people when you drive a Model T!

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By Marvin Kleinjan (Marvin) on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 10:24 pm:

Here is an interesting website with the inverse oilers.
It would be cool to have one of these hooked up to an old engine.

marvel inverse oilers
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:37 AM   #7
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Luke,

It's really good for protecting the tread surfaces of your tires. I think it also doubles as a high gloss car wax. And for glass, it works better than windex!

Don't forget it smells minty fresh! In a pinch I bet you could use it to add a little zing to your morning coffee. Hold the sugar.

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Old 10-07-2004, 11:42 AM   #8
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upon cracking it open, I did wonder if it would settle my stomach, as it smelled like Pepto Bismol to me..
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Old 10-07-2004, 05:41 PM   #9
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tasty when mixed with 151 Bacardi
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Old 10-07-2004, 05:52 PM   #10
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I think my wacky boss drinks it
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:06 PM   #11
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

a friend of mine put in some MMO every time he changed the oil on his 90 chevy pu (he got it when it was new), and 15 years later (a few months ago) his original 350 finally blew up. Believe it or not it had well over 500,000 on it!

Id say MMO is some good shit if it can make an SBC from a farm pickup last for 15 years and half a million miles
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:15 PM   #12
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I saw one of those oilers on a car not to long ago. interesting setup. GUess it lubes up the valves
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:26 PM   #13
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Man, I always used it just for my air tools, but now I'm rethinking my short-sightedness!
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:54 PM   #14
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

when i picked up my 331 hemi, it ran on propain.the guy i bought it from had a setup on the intake that held a can of mmo.said it keep the motor lubed.
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:51 PM   #15
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

Around here, guys tend to run off-road diesel in thier pickups. Problem is, the govt dyes the off road diesel red so they can catch guys running it on-road and fine the shit out of them.

So, lots of guys leave an empty can of MMO in their truck bed. If the trooper pulls them over and catches them with red off-road diesel in their tank, they just say it's the Marvel additive causing it to be red.

Cops can't fight it and the guys save 50 cents a gallon on diesel.
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:40 AM   #16
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About 35 years ago I was at a small Airfield and they were reworking two of the same type engines with the same hours. One was nasty inside and the other was clean so I asked what gives? the AP mech told me that the clean one used Marvel and they swore by it. After that I have used it in every engine I work on including the race cars. Good product or just good luck? Seams to work well in every thing from locks air tools,anything that moves come to think of it I might try it on my bad knee and other body joints.
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:52 AM   #17
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

How much do you add for each application: oil change, gas tank.

What about in your transmission?
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Old 10-08-2004, 04:47 AM   #18
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

"How much do you add for each application: oil change, gas tank.

What about in your transmission?"


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Old 10-08-2004, 05:07 AM   #19
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

I use it in my WL - the guys on the flathead forum swear by it.

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"How much do you add for each application: oil change, gas tank.
What about in your transmission?"

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As for dosage - check the can - it's got a lot of dosage based on application.

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Old 10-08-2004, 07:55 AM   #20
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Default Re: Marvel Mystery Oil: Uses?

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Luke,

It's really good for protecting the tread surfaces of your tires. I think it also doubles as a high gloss car wax. And for glass, it works better than windex!

Don't forget it smells minty fresh! In a pinch I bet you could use it to add a little zing to your morning coffee. Hold the sugar.

-S



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Yup, it's so good that I use it on my hair, and under my arms, the wife washes the baby in it and I fill my Parker ink pen with the stuff too
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