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Technical Type of oil

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 46poncho, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. 46poncho
    Joined: May 24, 2009
    Posts: 248

    from Indiana

    What type of oil is everyone running? I have heard from several friends to run rotella diesel oil 15w40 because is has plenty of anti wear additives and works great for autos. Has anybody heard or tried this? Is it good for all auto engines?

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  2. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,196

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Many posts on here concerning "what oil to use"..similar to what brand of spark plugs are best?, followed up with who makes the best oil filter?
    I use Valvoline Racing oil VR1, straight 30 wt in my old cars.
  3. Come on man, you're a little early. Tuesday is which oil day!
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  4. I have and I do. Most any oil is ok


  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,199


    Using oil is a lot better than not using oil. Keep it full. Change it every now and then. Use some weight or viscosity, and some brand or another.
  6. :rolleyes:
    basically this
    I’ve used rottella in my stuff
    Used other brands to
    10-w30 seems about right
    UseD Lukas oil additive
    Used zinc additive

    used plain old bulk oil from the shops I’ve worked at

    change it frequently and I’ve never had issues.

    also used redline synthetic didn’t notice anything other then paying slot for oil !
  7. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,913

    anthony myrick

    Yes. I also use oil and I am not ashamed

    I feel much better.
  8. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,476

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    How long is this freaking subject gonna be debated ?

    Castrol GTX (20-50) works just fine in old engines.
    Ran just over 93,000 miles till I sold my 59 Studebaker Lark, on plain ol "car" oil. NO NEED of this supposed, magical truck oil. Just more snake oil hype.
    Then there is even better synthetic oils..! Most all synthetics will work just fine in old mechanical lifter engines.

  9. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,913

    anthony myrick

    I run snake oil with no problems.
    Mostly cause it’s cheap.
    Most car oils are great as well. Even Walmart stuff.
    Just use oil. Oil is good. Change it regularly.
    Drive it. Condensation is bad. Not driving is worse than enjoying these mechanical wonders as intended.
    New oil is better than old oil. Vintage oil is still out there but user beware.
    Lawn chairs in the trunk may be made fun of here but will not affect engine oil.
    We even have guys here that have successfully run orange oil filters without any issues.
  10. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,255

    jimmy six

    I sure miss Sav-on oil from the Sav-on Drug Store. $.10 a qt in 1960.
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  11. I just changed the oil in the late model. I am a quart low.
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  12. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,364


    Castrol 20W-50 non synthetic.
  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,199


    oldoil2.jpg oldoil.jpg

    this one made it home....old oil works, too.
  14. LOL its already several hundred thousand years old before they put it in the can.

    I used to run oilzum in my bikes, I preferred the steel cans. No reason why just liked steel cans.

  15. flyin flattie
    Joined: Oct 13, 2005
    Posts: 475

    flyin flattie
    from Redmond OR

    Valvelen race oil. It has zink that helps with your cam from goin flat.

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  16. C79DD18C-F40E-4ECD-90B9-98A1C47A3C9A.png C45E87AA-669C-4B95-A08D-DD91C218DC93.png I find that i am picky about what oil i use. Most of the time i use Mom’s, but i do go back and forth between these two.
  17. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,913

    anthony myrick

    What grade of crude oil do you prefer?:)
  18. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,913

    anthony myrick

    Yep. In an unopened can.
    Had a dirt dobber set up shop in an opened one once.
    We had an old drum of 30 weight. The drum was rusty above the oil line. We used a strainer.
  19. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 609

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    Years ago I got a phone call, nice young girl conducting a motor oil survey. Do you have a preferred brand, she asks? Yes I do says I, Quaker State. Why did you choose that, she says? I says cause it was the very last oil around here to come in a metal can. Ok, thanks, she
  20. bonzo-1
    Joined: Oct 13, 2010
    Posts: 339


    Rotella truck is not snake oil. Its good oil and is cheap when purchased in 5 gallon buckets. Sometimes has a rebate to get the price down to $2 a quart.
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  21. What other oil would you possibly run in your Hot Rod than Hot Rod Motor Oil?
    Plus, it's double re-refined!!!

  22. KenC
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 661


    I have a favorite oil, just like everyone else. Doesn't matter what mine, or yours, is as today's oils are far better that what our vintage engines had available when they were young.

    Use your favorite, change it often (or when an oil analysis says to), and run a good. PCV system.

    I'm installing a full flow filter on my old Dodge six as IMO that is much more important that dino or not, 10w30, single wgt or any other choices.
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  23. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,700


    1597695167982-1923767808.jpg just brought a case home today. Am I early for the filter thread?
  24. no55mad
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,897


    Read all about it at They are Alliance Vendors here.
  25. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 2,184


    I use whatever I get cheap at the swap meet or garage sales.
    I picked up an unopened five gallon pail of 30 weight at the flea market last year for $5.
  26. Have used Pennzoil 30W forever. Matches decal on my car. What oil you use isn't as important as changing it religiously every 3,000mi.
  27. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 4,018

    from central NY

    1 qt. SAE 30 non detergent
    1 qt 10W30 detergent
    1qt re refined 50
    1qt high mileage engine formula
    1can STP
    1pint of Marvel Mystery Oil
    1 pint Rislone

    Rinse all the containers out with the rest of the MMO since it is mostly Stoddard solvent it will do a good job cleaning up the residue. Then add that mix the gas tank. If there is anything left apply it to your trunk lid hinges.
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  28. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 4,018

    from central NY

    I bought this stuff for my 50 Plymouth lot car lived north of Syracuse where the refinery was. A buck a gallon. But when I bought it in the early 60s the can was just red with the seitz name in tan. Wonder what they put in it to boost the viscosity to 50???

    If you were a frequent flier and brought the can back for a refill they knocked off 10 cents.
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  29. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,040

    from Nicasio Ca

    On one of the recent threads, I think, it was mentioned that one of the dollar stores got caught selling some motor oil that was real junk. Wish I could remember the details.
  30. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,255

    jimmy six

    McMillian was the reclaimed oil of Santa Ana. I used in all my work V-dubs. Chained every 1000 miles..

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