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Anyone ever seen one of these? Weird.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by essexrat, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. essexrat
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 243


    So I was at a car show a few months back and some dude was walking around with an old cardboard box with this thing in it...he said he found it in his grandfathers garage and had no idea what it was. I didn't know either, but when he said he wanted $20 for it I didn't care...I had to have it. Apparently it's some type of lubricator that works off of the carbs vacuum and draws a bit of oil into the fuel...sounds neat...Anyway, I put it in my 52 Poncho for looks...It's not hooked up but sure gets alot of questions...anyone know anything about these? Did I get a good deal? Anyway, I think it's cool. Thanx

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  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,315


    an IV for your engine! :)

    Usually called a "top end oiler". Neat looking gizmo, probably worth $20 as art
  3. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    I think they marketed those back in the day for people that were afraid of their engines seizing during winter. I don't know for sure but it an idea
  4. yeah for 20 clams who can go wrong.. you could get creative with the explanation and say its the reservoir for the blinker fluid that's regulated by the kanooter valve...

  5. silentpoet
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
    Posts: 207

    from NWA

    Just the box itself is pretty cool. Usually the box is thrown out.
  6. 29-a-freak
    Joined: Feb 27, 2006
    Posts: 285


    ha thats something i haven't seen in a long time! neat to have the box to!
  7. Dynaflash_8
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 3,023

    from Auburn WA

    They still sell the original Ampco Top Cylinder Lubricators. I bought one and run marvel mystery oil in it.

    Kinda neat little gizmo
  8. essexrat
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 243


    Any idea when these were around? 50's, 60's??
  9. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,315


    postal address suggests before 1964.....looks 40s-50s
  10. essexrat
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 243


    So back in the day, $11.80 like the box says was a bit of ching...Cool
  11. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,085

    from Hawaii

    Actually its a "load demand" lubricator for dual overhead cam turn signals.
  12. My dad has a similar thing on his '37 Rover.
    His is a Luvax automatic chassis lubricator...
    feeds heavy oil to spring hangars and othe parts of the frame etc using the motion of the suspension to activate... could be the same thing... looks very similar
  13. dragster dude
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 194

    dragster dude

    doesnt matter what it is for cause you wont see another one at your next cruise nite . cool buy
  14. yeah iv seen these. iv been into vws as well and these were very popular way back in the day as an acessory. i guess since teh pistons are laying on their side this was suposed to help with lubrication
  15. strike a poser
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 399

    strike a poser
    from Salinas,CA

    Is'nt that for the James Bond smoke screen ?
  16. Jax2A
    Joined: Apr 14, 2009
    Posts: 352


    Theres's something that would make a neat overflow tank (see that thread) if you didn't want to run it for its intended purpose. Well worth $20 in my opinion, cool piece.
  17. They were supposed to lubricate the valves and top end of the engine, a lot of the guys used them when running propane because although it burns cleaner, it is a "dry" fuel and these helped lubricate the valves for longer life. Back in the day there were a host of manufactures such as Marvel Mystery Oil, they seem to be the last of the top end oil companies, we still sell a lot of it mainly to the diesel folks these days.
  18. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,315


    Snake oil never goes out of style!
  19. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,705

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Yep, I try to oil my snake regularly.
  20. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    I assume that the company misspelled rhythm in order to use it as part of the brand name. Amazing find, and for $ just can't go wrong. Someplace, somewhere there's a guy waiting to pay you $100 for it.

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,760


    I think if you put some methanol in it and hook it to the carb it would be like a 1950's version on NOS.
  22. Nitro mate, methanol is for wimps :D.


  23. yardgoat
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 724


    Ill buy it from ya,..haha.Realy cool,and well worth your money.Great find and only one problem,,,,i want one...................YG
  24. flatoutflyin
    Joined: Jun 16, 2010
    Posts: 385


    That's exactly how the seller described this thing I bought yesterday morning in the Pumpkin Run swap area. I too felt weird, but I couldn't resist, and $20.00 seems to be the going price. Now, if the photo copied directions (thermo-fax?) folded up in the jar were just legible...

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  25. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    It appears it has MMO in it? If so, looks like the Guarantee is void? Ha:D
    motor rythm.jpg
  26. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    The company also made an oil additive by the same name. Apparantly many of the engines in the early days didn't keep the top end oiled proberly and this device would mist oil in with the fuel to increase lubrication. Old Popular Mechanics magazines had the oil advertised back in the 40's.
  27. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

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  28. So what happens to the lubricating properties of the oil mist upon combustion?
  29. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

    Turns into the marvelous scavenging mystery gas that cleans out the muffler carbon dust with every pulse.
  30. 23reotim
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 139

    from arizona

    My dad had something similar to this as a kid, but somehow ran it straight to the exhaust so he had a smoke screen when he needed it. :)

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