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Old 09-01-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Does this stuff really work in GAS AND OIL. ALSO do you think it wouldn't be a good idea to add LUCAS TRANS CONDITIONER in my trans if my trans isn't really giving me problems. Just kind of wantin to maintain my trans as best as possible, I hear back flushin is a NO no, Thanks
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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I use it in my air tools.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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It has a little bit of solvent in it, so putting it in anything should be done with caution. Mostly, MMO is a sales gimmick (Mystery!) that does a pretty good job of keeping things lubricated for short term use, like air tools. Like WD-40, it eventually dries up and you have to use more to get the same result.

As an oil or fuel additive, you can use it, but you might just as well set fire to the money you use to buy the can, since it really doesn't help in any significant manner.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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I use it in all of my oil changes and in my fuel as well..

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Old 09-01-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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I have been using Marvel for over 40 years,use it in all 7 of my cars& 1 truck. In the crankcase 1 Qt. at every oil change and every other gas fill up 4 Ozs. to 10 Gal. gas,just follow the directions on the can.
I pulled the engine on my 62 Impala 409 bought new.Marvel oil since day one 132,000 miles and the combustion chambers in the heads,and piston tops were clean as any I have seen with 20,000 on the clock. You will also have a little increase in power when added to the gas,very helpful in cold climate areas if you park your vehicle outside and you have Marvel in the oil.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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I used it for years added to the gas in my old Harley panhead when riding fast and long trips. Otherwise the engine had a small clicking sound.
Also good for freeing up old stuck engines.
There are a lot of things that are a mystery to me!
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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I've used it in the past but the engines were high millage and it helps keep the plugs cleaner and helps with blow by.

Basically its 3/4 percent mineral spirits and 1/4 stoddard solvent ( a clear paraffin liquid ) and many years ago when it was invented I have been told it also contained lard. HRP
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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I use it occasionally for freeing stuck engines but who knows whether its really helping or just adding to the process.
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I too use it in my air tools.
I dumped some I'm my Buick that I inherited from my aunt. Has a noisy something when first started.
Ran the stuff in it for 2 days then changed it out for fesh oil and a filter.
This Buick has only 32,000 miles but it's been sitting under the trees for 9 years and rarely driven.
Noise is still there so I guess I didn't destroy anything (yet).
A few people tell me timing chains do that rattle noise in Buick Century's and Regals.
Maybe I need more than Mystery Oil to fix my Buick?.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:43 PM   #10
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I put nothing but oil in my engines. In the gas tank I put Chevron's Techron every 5000 miles. There are no 'mysteries' in my car.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:49 PM   #11
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I used it for years added to the gas in my old Harley panhead when riding fast and long trips. Otherwise the engine had a small clicking sound.
Also good for freeing up old stuck engines.
There are a lot of things that are a mystery to me!
Was riding my old knucklehead one day and lost compression in a cylinder. Pulled the head and found the exhaust valve hung open.

Pulled it out, cleaned it, reinstalled the head, and ran a little Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas from then on (on a tip from my machinist).

Never happened again.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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I started a thread on MMO and its relationship to preventative maintenance with flatheads and other engines
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Was riding my old knucklehead one day and lost compression in a cylinder. Pulled the head and found the exhaust valve hung open.

Pulled it out, cleaned it, reinstalled the head, and ran a little Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas from then on (on a tip from my machinist).

Never happened again.
Yep! I carried it in a plastic baby bottle and added whatever Oz I was told each tank of gas. That's also when gas was 100 octane + real fuel. Seemed to keep our old bike runnin from 1965-1992 when I sold it to move to Florida.
Bike was a 1950 HydraGlide Harley last of the tank shift no-cop bikes. We rode double all over the midwest and Blue Ridge. Full length of Miss. both sides. Twice. Started around Burlington, Ia north then back other side. Next trip we went south to N. O. and back other side.
That stuff may have been a mystery but it worked.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:31 PM   #14
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Use it from time to time. Best fix with it (i guess thats wat ud call it) was with a new trailblazer. Customer was horrible with oil changes and the variable cam actuators gunked up and set all sorts or trouble codes and the truck ran like dog shit. Two oil changes with marvel and all is well!


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Old 09-01-2013, 01:45 PM   #15
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My older brother was in the used car business. They used it a lot.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #16
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Balanced and complex, this marvelous mysterious red is harmonious, even elegant,
with a clear deep rich garnet color, a pleasant delicate bouquet and a curious lingering finish on the palate when siphoned. It pairs quite well with just about any gasoline and oil.

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Old 09-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #17
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There is a HAMB member whos uncle ran the company. Don't know if he was told what the mystery was. Bob
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Does this stuff really work in GAS AND OIL. ALSO do you think it wouldn't be a good idea to add LUCAS TRANS CONDITIONER in my trans if my trans isn't really giving me problems. Just kind of wantin to maintain my trans as best as possible, I hear back flushin is a NO no, Thanks

Ok is this a question of faith? Like in I am believing in something that I cannot see?

I have never really used marvel mystery oil in anything but I did know an old guy when I was young that used it when he was breaking on a new engine. He used it religiously which is why I am asking if this is a question of faith. I do know this his engines always held together and he didn't do the suggested break in that was common back then.

If you use it in your fuel it is only going to be working as a top end lubricant, it will cushion your valves a little I suppose. A lot like bardahl fuel additive.

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The mystery was that it would cure snake bite and lumbego and no one ever could figure out how it did it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:53 PM   #19
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Good for long term motor storage ,stuck motors.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #20
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Was told by a really old guy that it was a combo of kerosene and ATF. Dunno if that is true...
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:12 PM   #21
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It's kinda like Epsom Salts. Cures everything and nothing.

Doesn't matter to me though, I just like the smell of it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #22
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Had a 265, w/15 years of water sitting in it. Soaked the cylinders for two-three days with MMO, and all the rust scrapped out easily. Left only clean, rarely pitted walls, and the original honing marks. The motor rebuilt from there. Ran great.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:34 PM   #23
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So mineral spirits, naptha, and coloring, what does it do??? Basically light oil and mineral spirits.............

Ingredient # 01
Ingredient Name BENZENE, 1,2-DICHLORO-
CAS Number 95501
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Ingredient Name MINERAL SPIRITS
CAS Number 8052413
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CAS Number 64742525
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I use it as instructed on the bottle. I noticed that when I remove my valve covers for polishing, the insides are spotless and my valve springs are clean as can be. I almost don't have to wipe the covers down. Of course, I also change my oil religiously.

I use the recommended amount in my gas tank at every fill up. I once ran a gallon of by gas in an emergency and my carb was stumbling even after a fill up with good gas. I used the proper amount as instructed and about 10 miles later, no stumble and a smooth idle.

So, considering how cheap it is, it seems to be worth it.
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My dad swears by the stuff.

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My dad swears by the stuff.

That's hilarious! HRP
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The mystery is how it keeps $ flying out of peoples wallets.

Quality oil already has the good stuff in it. No mystery.
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Does this stuff really work in GAS AND OIL. ALSO do you think it wouldn't be a good idea to add LUCAS TRANS CONDITIONER in my trans if my trans isn't really giving me problems. Just kind of wantin to maintain my trans as best as possible, I hear back flushin is a NO no, Thanks
I've used MM to un-stick engines before. Not sure of the other uses. As for the Lucas for trans, my tranny guy says no! on fresh a trans, but says to use Lucas engine oil additive/treatment. Bout a cap full ( 3-4oz.) when filling a fresh trans. Helps with fluid breakdown he says.
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swalud,

Marvel Mystery Oil is the 20th century Snake Oil. Over the years it has been credited for everything short of curing cancer. When a product has no extra ordinary properties then it is like pseudo pills. While the pill contains no medication people have been known to have positively reaction from taking the pseudo pill.

Technology in the 21st century makes it virtually impossible to have a secret formula. Marvel Mystery Oil is comprised of mineral spirits, 30 wt oil, red dye and oil of wintergreen. It does more for the user then it could ever do for the engine, but if it makes you feel good then use it.

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Technology in the 21st century makes it virtually impossible to have a secret formula.

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My son uses it in all his air tools. He told me to run it through before I put them away if I use them.... He said the Snapon guy and Matco guy told him to.... His air toold work nice. But they are the latest technology.

My Super Duty (gas) does not like lucas anything.... My son uses Lucas in his Diesel fuel in his truck....he says it quiets things down... Who knows.

I use Seafoam in my 40, but with todays fuel I was kickin around some Mystery oil
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Nope,and I don't believe penetrating oil does anything either...ATF will have exactly the same results,if any.
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It's good top end lube and good for cleaning sludge. I put either mmo or 2 cycle oil in my flattys before I park em. Stuck valves suck


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Well for you guys that think you know it all what was MM originally made to be used for?




Answer : for oiling the valve train and top end of engines running on dry fuel as natural gas ,propane etc. using what was called a "Inverse oiler" . Great air tool oil and good for freeing up stucky valves,rings and lifters. Magic ?? NO ! ATF probabley would mostly do the same thing. We use to pour a gallon of ATF in to the fuel of semi trucks to clean the injectors,worked pretty good. Now days you don't want the DOT boys seeing a hint of red in your fuel =giant fines for that.
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When my son was in high shcool I bought him a cheap high mileage VW, overhead cam four cylinder. It rattled like crazy and idled terrible. I put in a BIG pint in the oil and told him to wash the car while it idled. When he was finished washing it didn't rattle and we changed the oil. That stuff cleaned out all the lifters and the car ran smooth after that. And I don't care who believes it or not.
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[QUOTE=Barn Find;9196128]My dad swears by the stuff.


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I have used MMO for 20 years mixed it with avgas for the racing stuff.
Now I have to get a fresh can and try it for a beverage
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I use it in my gas to stabilize the crappy fuel we have here in California, I could use Sta bil but it doesn't lubricate as well. I ride the van pool to work now, so my cars don't get driven as much and the fuel starts to kick in about 2 weeks (if small pumps at work sit for a month I have to clean out the carbs to get them to run again).


Plus it smells good.
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Its a staple in piston driven aviation. Our Continental powered Cessna was designed for 80 octane NO lead. The most widely available fuel today is 100LL (low lead) Its nasty stuff that lead as it builds up on valves and valve guides causing as sstuck valve at the the most inopertoon time as in takeoffs.
It was developed during WW2 for just this purpose.
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I was told it was developed as a sewing machine lubricant - hence it's pleasant smell
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Used it on one of my old 440's, ran it when I was working on the car for an hour or so each day. We changed the oil several times and it degunked the insides, so much my mechanic said it looked like it was a lot less miles on it than the 100k +. i ran some in the gas tank too, it really cleaned things up. I put 33k on the motor by the time I sold it only did over the heads and valve seats.
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My auto shop teacher swore by the stuff back in the early 70's.
It still works for me all these decades later.
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I was on the Ford Barn and read about using MMO to fix four bangers.
What the Hellsinki is MMO?...."Mystery Marvel Oil"

I have other engine plans for my Sedan and I don't want to spend a bunch of money on the banger....

So I gave it a try, nothing to lose...4% in the gas & 20% in the new Oil, drive it like you stole it...
& Dangit! it smokes a lot less and the ticking lifters got much quieter...!

I'm now a MMO believer!
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I not only believe in MMO, I've actually seen it.
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Was riding my old knucklehead one day and lost compression in a cylinder. Pulled the head and found the exhaust valve hung open.

Pulled it out, cleaned it, reinstalled the head, and ran a little Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas from then on (on a tip from my machinist).

Never happened again.

This EXACT same thing happeded to me on my Knuckle and I used MMO also with the same results!
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I have used it for years and that's because it WORKS

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Here's a success story. I was traveling with a friend on motorcycles and brought some MMO along since I had a new top end. He had a fiberglass gas tank on his Norton, which was melting inside from ethanol. The gooey mixture got to his carb slide, which began sticking and scaring him as he tried to back off entering corners. We put MMO in it and it freed up the slide, rode it for two more days to get home with no further sticking.
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It appears the YEAH'S out weigh the NAY'S, Therefore IT LIVES. Case Adjouned
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It appears the YEAH'S out weigh the NAY'S, Therefore IT LIVES. Case Adjouned

Yes, but as others have pointed out, using ATF, Bardahl etc. might accomplish the same results.
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We used to use it a lot in the 60's on old engines with sticky lifters. It really did a good job to free them up and quiet down the valve train.
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I have been using Marvel for over 40 years,use it in all 7 of my cars& 1 truck. In the crankcase 1 Qt. at every oil change and every other gas fill up 4 Ozs. to 10 Gal. gas,just follow the directions on the can.
I pulled the engine on my 62 Impala 409 bought new.Marvel oil since day one 132,000 miles and the combustion chambers in the heads,and piston tops were clean as any I have seen with 20,000 on the clock. You will also have a little increase in power when added to the gas,very helpful in cold climate areas if you park your vehicle outside and you have Marvel in the oil.
This is some pretty solid testimony, sounds like you take good care of your car.
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I've used it to free up sticky lifters successfully , and before oil changes , it seems to help keep clean internals . IMHO
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Yes, but as others have pointed out, using ATF, Bardahl etc. might accomplish the same results.
I think IF the ATF,etc things worked as well there'd be a post or five with testimonials about how great they worked in here as opposed to theoretical maybe's..

I too have seen it (MMO) clean up nasty fouled engines that smoked like foggers into mild hazers... Still needs the engine overhauled though!
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Rolls Royce (Required) it or they would (Void) your warranty.. That's what I've heard..
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I also know of it being a well used product in aviation. One old engine with over 110k I had, I used it religiously and then sold the engine to a guy for an engine swap. He took off the valve cover and asked when I had the heads redone because they were spotless. Only MMO and when he got the engine it had 185K on it. It's no mystery, the stuff works ! Still use it now.
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I used it in a 59 GMC 270 crankcase during the winter...It would then turn over fast enough to start when I couldn't plug it it.
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Rolls Royce (Required) it or they would (Void) your warranty.. That's what I've heard..
That's a myth, BUT a lot of restorer's use MMO. Whether or not it works depends on a lot of factors involving your engine and setup. Like anything else, try it. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, don't buy it again. I use it because it took care of some minor issues. Everyone else's results may vary.
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Its a staple in piston driven aviation. Our Continental powered Cessna was designed for 80 octane NO lead. The most widely available fuel today is 100LL (low lead) Its nasty stuff that lead as it builds up on valves and valve guides causing as sstuck valve at the the most inopertoon time as in takeoffs.
It was developed during WW2 for just this purpose.
As a young ,brand new A-P years ago,was hired on by a freight company operating out of Yipsilanti Mich,, worked on Dc-7, C46,DC 3,, they bought MMO in 50 gallon Barrels ,The carbs were P D carbs and the 7's had turbines( PRT's) ,we dumped a few gallons in every oil tank & fuel tanks on a regular basis,kept the PRT from coking and the diaphragms in the carbs from cracking, i have used it ever since.
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that's funny, sounds like a beer or wine judge.
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Bobkatrods, when did you work there ? my dad worked for Universal Airlines in the late 60's after he graduated from PIA. He wrenched on some of the same stuff.

Hey, try the MMO on you hemorrhoids it might help ! It's like Uncle John's Elixir, cures everything !
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Not only that, but it smells good to!
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wow....a lot of you have been really missing out on this stuff. I've saved at least 6 motors with this stuff. Only thing I've ever found that can unstick rings without disassembly. Bought several cars real cheap because the owners had been told the motors needed rebuilds because they smoked. A bottle of MMO and about a 5 mile drive and it never smoked again and I drove it for 3 years. Also had several used cars I bought with noisy valve trains....fixed those too.
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Bobkatrods, when did you work there ? my dad worked for Universal Airlines in the late 60's after he graduated from PIA. He wrenched on some of the same stuff.

Hey, try the MMO on you hemorrhoids it might help ! It's like Uncle John's Elixir, cures everything !
It was late sixties for me also, and it was universal that i was working at for a short time at Willow Run,,what was your Dad's name?
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His name is Bob Becaj (pronounced Becky), I am a Junior. We lived in Westland then and then moved back to Cleveland where my parents are from. But I shouldn't hijack the thread, so I will send youa PM !
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His name is Bob Becaj (pronounced Becky), I am a Junior. We lived in Westland then and then moved back to Cleveland where my parents are from. But I shouldn't hijack the thread, so I will send youa PM !
Your kidding, Yes i remember.
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Love that stuff, a couple of drops freed up a seized Flathead motor that had sat for 25 years.
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Used it to free up a noisy lifter in a 64 tempest I had with a factory 215 (Chevy)
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My dad, brother and I use it in our air tools too.

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I have never used it in an engine but good stuff to keep around the shop for air tools etc.
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My family has used MMO as an oil additive to a 1935 Minneapolis-Moline farm tractor since it was new. Still us it and it is still running OK.
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I use it in air tools. :thumbup:
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My old cars get a couple glugs each gas up - 4:10, 4oz/10gal.
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I read that Garlits couldn't get by Ivo one Saturday ...then he shined his injector scoop with MMO and beat him.

On Sunday, Ivo put MMO on his plug wires and finished top eliminator.
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I put some in my tank just about every time I fill it up...............it also tastes great on a turkey sandwich.
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Recently a fella told me he uses it in his gas and oil for all his street rods, and adding it to his gas allows his 12:1 SBC run great on 92 octane gas. He said he's used it for over 25,000 street miles on this engine and when he pulled the heads to change them the inside of the engine still looked like new.
I just picked up a gallon at Walmart for under $16. Seems they are the best price around to purchase it cheaply. I'm having a little pinging at 10:1 CR, and 8 degrees initial advance, so hope I can do this rather than retard the timing any more.
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Hey 1971BB427, let me know if that really does work the way the fella said. I have heard about this before, but thought maybe it was kind of a wives tale.
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I've used it since I was a kid. Great on rusted bicycle parts like chains, drop the chain in a dish of it and it was freed up in a few days. I use a few drops on the threads of every light bulb around the house, never a problem with them galling in the sockets.

I recall my little brother drinking some and my mom calling poison control, I think they had her give him some milk.

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From bobistheoilguy website

70% Light Aromatic Oil (Pale Oil)
- It is a Naphthenic Oil, so while it oxidizes faster than a Paraffinic oil, it does clean and dissolve sludge and carbon well and cleans up after itself from any oxidation. serves as base oil as well. [Naphthenic oils have more solvency and are more polar (they are attracted to metal more), but oxidize faster.

29% Mineral Spirits
- Cleans Varnish very well. General cleaner. Also acts as an antioxidant.

38 parts per million (ppm) Boron
- AW/EP agent, friction reducer, antioxidant

900 ppm Phosporous
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1/2% 1, 2 ortho-Dichlorobenzene
- EP agent as it interacts with Iron to form an Iron chloride barrier under any ZDDP or other AW additives. Also very good cleaner/solvent, and friction reducer

1/4% 1, 4 para-Dichlorobenzene
- EP agent as it interacts with Iron to form an Iron chloride barrier under any ZDDP or other AW additives. Also very good cleaner/solvent, and friction reducer

Oil of wintergreen - for the scent
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Red Dye - for the color
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If it gets any better than that, EPA will ban it.
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Good article from sport aviation comparing fluids:

http://www.sportaviationonline.org/s...102?pg=92#pg92

From the article:
"Pitchmen have long been promoting oil additives that eliminate
friction and wear, increase fuel economy, improve your landings,
raise your IQ, and rescue your marriage.
The granddaddy of these is Marvel Mystery Oil (MMO). Folks
have been pouring this stuff into aircraft engines for more than 80
years. It was developed in 1923 by Burt Pierce, the inventor of the
Marvel carburetor, and was intended as a fuel additive to clean carburetor
jets. The name “mystery oil” came from the fact that Burt
Pierce refused to divulge its formula.
As far as I can tell, MMO doesn’t do any harm if used in moderation,
but it doesn’t seem to do much good, either. Its formula is no
longer a mystery since regulations require the current manufacturer,
Turtle Wax Inc., to publish the ingredients on a material safety data
sheet. Turns out MMO has some interesting ingredients, including
pig fat, perfume, and red food coloring in a base of petroleum distillate
solvent. "
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Like someone else said, it is good for air tool oil. I habe bever used it in an engine
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Great cutting oil for the drill press
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I'ved used it in my air tools.Works good there. But i've also used ATF in a vw crank case to break up a lot of sludge. That worked too.
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Great for air tools, upper cyclinder lube in gas motors, helps lube injectors in deisel motors. Been putting it in my 89 KW for over 900,k miles. Still runs great!
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I've used it for years when winterizing my boats. It's a great fogging oil. Several years ago, I put my boat away for the winter, fogged both engines (671 blown 468's) and later that winter decided to tear them down for inspection and rebuild. It was nice to see the MMO left a nice coating on blower rotors and all upper cylinder components. Very apparent that it had softened carbon deposits too.
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I don't care whats in it....it has saved my butt 5 or 6 times at least.
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I have used the product for years and Yes it does work for me.

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The older cans are good for displaying in a can collection, as they are quite decorative.

As for the contents, I have mixed a bit of it in the gas of my shovelhead when I was running in hot weather to give the top end a little extra lube. I assume that plain old 30 weight or some chain saw oil would have worked as well.
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Had a stuck valve in my flathead six and MMO did the trick. Whole bottle down the carb while idling. Smoked and belched and viola! Been putting it in my gas ever since and no troubles. I'm a believer.
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My Dad was an old gearhead from way,way back...I remember seeing MMO on his workbench back when I was a snot-nosed kid...He was a real believer in MMO's ability to work on about anything.. I honestly believe if you broke your arm in his shop, he would have poured MMO on it ....
Never questioned my Dads wisdom , so my workbench always has a can (or two ) sitting on it..
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How much do you guys add to gas, say 10 or 15 gal?
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I have used it for 40 years. Add about 4 oz to tank of gas in my 57 fuely and lube air tools with it.
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How much do you guys add to gas, say 10 or 15 gal?
I was told to add 4-6 oz. to 10 gal. of gas by my buddy. He said in the summer he runs as much as 8 oz. per 10 gal. to keep his 12:1 CR engine running well on pump gas.
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Thanks 1971BB427. Oh by the way. Hope your Austin is running good!
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The wonder of MMO, like so many additives, is predicated on the fact that no one is applying any science to its effectiveness.

You used it in everything for 20 years? Well, so what? Did you also buy an identical batch of engines 20 years ago and run them in the same conditions to study the differences? That;s called a control group. Of course not.

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I like the idea of parsley sprigs to keep away tigers, here in LA, ya never know
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:39 PM   #99
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The wonder of MMO, like so many additives, is predicated on the fact that no one is applying any science to its effectiveness.

You used it in everything for 20 years? Well, so what? Did you also buy an identical batch of engines 20 years ago and run them in the same conditions to study the differences? That;s called a control group. Of course not.

Every day, I open my driver's window on the way to work and toss 3 sprigs of parsley out to keep any tigers from attacking me. It works great....not once in 25 years has a tiger attacked me on the way to work. If that's not proof that parsley sprigs - 3 of 'em - tossed out the driver's windows keeps away tigers then I don't know what is.
Dont know about it being used for preventative measures....but once you get stuck rings or valves it will usually unstick them. $10 for a bottle is way better than tearing a motor down to rering it. I've bought used cars with stuck rings and $10 and a couple days later they are good to go. So keep on throwing parsley out the window if you want....but if you get stuck rings give MMO a try.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #100
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While I did not have 20 GMC 270's at the same time to test, I know for a fact that Marvels made the one I had crank over easier in sub zero weather. I drove one several winters in the early 90's.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:50 PM   #101
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I commented on this post way back and still believe in Marvel Mystery oil. Maybe ATF and other things also work. But I know as a fact MMO does. Don't need no stinkin fancy tests. Besides it's pretty and smells good.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:02 PM   #102
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The parsley theory is flawed. A tiger is most likely to attack if you're riding a bicycle.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:03 PM   #103
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Well....my father used to use Rislone to free up old motors with stuck rings. He'd drive the car and slowly, over 6 months or so, you could see the compression come back up. The Rislone 'probably' helped un-stick the rings.

He had a 170 Slant Six that had sat for a decade....it had almost no compression. We towed it in gear behind a truck to get it to start and it finally ran as soft as a pillow - I mean like almost no power. Within 6 months it was at 125lbs in every cylinder and he drive it daily for over 10 years. Then, he let it sit as he bought his first car ever with A/C. This was about 1995. 5 years went by and we went to start the 170 and it was back to no compression.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:09 PM   #104
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Balanced and complex, this marvelous mysterious red is harmonious, even elegant,
with a clear deep rich garnet color, a pleasant delicate bouquet and a curious lingering finish on the palate when siphoned. It pairs quite well with just about any gasoline and oil.

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Old 04-20-2014, 09:11 PM   #105
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Rolls Royce (Required) it or they would (Void) your warranty.. That's what I've heard..
I'm going to have to Snopes this...
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:55 PM   #106
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I use it to unstick engines every now and then
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I'm going to have to Snopes this...
There is NOTHING on the internet linking a connection with the Rolls Royce company and MMO. There are a lot of people repeating that fallacy. HOWEVER, I go by personal experience and so far, MMO doesn't do any harm and seems to keep my engine parts clean.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:11 PM   #108
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I use it...probably doesn't do anything noticeable, good or bad.
Sorry, no scientific evidence I know of.
But at least it "looks traditional", kinda like snake oil to psychologically
counterbalance the negative spirits of ethanol corn?

I don't even know what that means.. But it goes in all my mower or old car oil & gas in very small amounts.


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Old 04-20-2014, 10:19 PM   #109
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Here is the skinny
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Using Marvel Mystery oil to remove Aluminum Oxide and clean up rusty chrome on your motorcycle

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Old 04-20-2014, 10:19 PM   #110
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Yes, engine rings and top end dry, put some MMO in her and go!

An old Mechanic taught me this back in the late '60's.

Nowadays, half a small bottle in my fresh oil and the rest in my gas tank at fill up.

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:57 AM   #111
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This is why I love this web sight. Think about it for a minute, would you pour mineral spirits or any type of solvent in your engine? Mr. Marvel used it as a carburetor cleaner, or a top oil, that was big in the 50's, not now, solvent with light carrier oil. The good thing is that as your engine gets hot, the solvent burns off, no harm no foul. Then someone figured it was good for a rust penetrant and told all hid car buddies. So Mr. Marvel laughed all the way to the bank !!
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:25 AM   #112
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An old guy here used WD40 for everything. He bought gallon cans and it was his go-to product. The biggest laugh was that he rubbed it on his chest when he had a cold.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:11 AM   #113
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MMO has always worked great for me, I'm a believer~!
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:16 AM   #114
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It has a little bit of solvent in it, so putting it in anything should be done with caution. Mostly, MMO is a sales gimmick (Mystery!) that does a pretty good job of keeping things lubricated for short term use, like air tools. Like WD-40, it eventually dries up and you have to use more to get the same result.

As an oil or fuel additive, you can use it, but you might just as well set fire to the money you use to buy the can, since it really doesn't help in any significant manner.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:29 AM   #115
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When I was a gas pump jockey we had our own version of MMM. My friends Rambler used a lot of oil so when ever it was low he would top it off with the catch all on the "island"(remember those?) that had ATF, different weights of oil, power steering fluid, STP. Drove that car everywhere........
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The wonder of MMO, like so many additives, is predicated on the fact that no one is applying any science to its effectiveness.

You used it in everything for 20 years? Well, so what? Did you also buy an identical batch of engines 20 years ago and run them in the same conditions to study the differences? That;s called a control group. Of course not.

Every day, I open my driver's window on the way to work and toss 3 sprigs of parsley out to keep any tigers from attacking me. It works great....not once in 25 years has a tiger attacked me on the way to work. If that's not proof that parsley sprigs - 3 of 'em - tossed out the driver's windows keeps away tigers then I don't know what is.
Damn, you too?! Same here! No tiger attacks here either!
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I use it at every fill-up. Still running a '58, original engine, and use it. Used to use it in an old Harley I had, the old motors don't get top-end lube, with todays gas.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:53 AM   #119
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I still believe in it. Smells great, has a cool looking can and if it actually works, that's a bonus.

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Scientific? I would assume if your engine is pinging and you put MMO in the gas tank and it stops, then maybe it had something to do with stopping it? Or was it the parsley you tossed out the window?
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Scientific? I would assume if your engine is pinging and you put MMO in the gas tank and it stops, then maybe it had something to do with stopping it? Or was it the parsley you tossed out the window?
I would think so..... MMO does clean off carbon deposits which can cause detonation.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:34 PM   #122
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I called the 800 line and the lady who answered the telephone had very little knowledge of here products did give me a answer after she talked to several others.. Corp has said they can no longer sell 5 gal part number MM 0015.. Years ago I bought 30 gal drums then 15gal drums then 5 gal and now only 1 gal at the time.. Not a lot of savings for bulk buyers..
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My Grandpa used to rub it into his hands for his arthritis.
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One thing MMO also is good for is reducing the harmful effects of Ethanol and it's lots cheaper than Sta-Bil. I've used it since the 60's,also used to make my own engine assembly lube from Wynn's Friction Proofing another product I miss. Then there is this: http://forums.accuweather.com/index.php?showtopic=26454

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My Grandpa used to rub it into his hands for his arthritis.
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I picked up and nice old blackhawk ratchet for free from a neighbor. It had been under water for years when he found it on the bottom of a lake. Just for the heck of it I saved it and it was so rusted the head wouldn't even turn. I had some MMO around and filled a spray can lid with it and dropped the ratchet into it.

It was sitting on the bench for a couple months as I forgot about it. I pulled it out and it looked like new up to the level of the MMO and it turned freely without doing anything else.

Turned it around and did the other end and I have been using that old ratchet for over 40 years now.
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One thing MMO also is good for is reducing the harmful effects of Ethanol and it's lots cheaper than Sta-Bil. I've used it since the 60's,also used to make my own engine assembly lube from Wynn's Friction Proofing another product I miss. Then there is this: http://forums.accuweather.com/index.php?showtopic=26454
A lot of people use WD-40 as a protectant when in reality it is closer related to a cleaner. It will clean protective oils from things and cause it to corrode faster.

I like it for drilling when I do not have my vanishing oil as it is quick and easy to use.
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