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Old 10-12-2010, 11:27 AM
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Hi Guys,

Would y'all please tell me the types of motor oil you use in your Squarebirds?

My 1958 has a 352/300. I have seen some articles- even one in a classic car magazine- touting Pennzoil Ultra, which is a synthetic, as one of the better choices. I imagine different people have different opinions on the motor oil topic.

Any suggestions?

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Old 10-12-2010, 11:35 AM
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Hey Rob,
The suggestions are going to be across the board! So here is my two cents worth. 10 w 30 and add zinc (some auto parts stores still carry this)
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:49 PM
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Rob, this subject has been covered in great detail in the past, including which oil filters are best. Click on the link to the Technical Resource Library (found in the TRL Forum above this) and scroll down until you get to the section on Oil. There you will find several links to this subject, including all the discussions we have had in the past about who is using what, which oil and filter are best, etc..

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I use Shell Rotella-T 15W-40 in my flat tappet Y-blocks. It already has enough ZDDP as do most oils with '40' or more in the numbers. Synthetic isn't going to help unless you have a turbocharged engine with HIGH heat.
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I just changed the oil today, used Quakerstate high mileage and a can of the Silver "Engine Restore" That stuff works great, if your burning oil this will stop it and restore the compression.
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After reading all of the old treads about this subject, I have tryed my best to chase up zinc or ZDDP here in Sweden. Have talked to the ones who import Castrol and most other oils, but no-one have any zinc or similar for additional security of the engines. Even the companies, big ones, that import oils or other parts for American cars have anything.
Funny enough, they have never hade any requests for it either. I remember that there was one Castrol oil with some extra-extra zinc in it, but that one is not legal in Europe at all....
Only the "normal ones" with some small amounts in it. Castrol seems very popular, but I have used 76 without no real reason except I like the 76 logotype.....

The only thing some is putting in, is those who need some extra led or substitute for extra led in the petrol.
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I use it in all flat tappet applications. Mike
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GM Eng oil supl # 1052367 still has some zinc. You can run that as a addt'v w/dino oil.

I just run Mobile-1 10/30. I change it once a year (or so)
No need to worry about additives w/ synth oil.

I run Mob 1 in all the cars. I run Amsoil in the Harley's (20/50 air cooled) and 5/30 in the Ford V10 Mtr home.
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Ditto on the Shell Rotella for me. You can pick it up at WalMart.
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Ditto on the Shell Rotella for me. You can pick it up at WalMart.
I was using Shell Rotella since I put a new engine in my 59 Dodge, very high in zinc. Plus I add the blue STP bottle of ZDDP zinc. I just added the ZDDP to the Bird last night. Many people I talk to claim the Rotella will destroy your engine.... I dont know why they think that. Diesel oil is better than car oil.
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