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engine oil
#1368289 Thu Jul 09 2020 12:57 AM
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Wrench Fetcher
What is everybody using for engine oil in their 216s? The manual calls for straight 20w but I'm wondering what modern
oil is best. I know I have to add zinc. Pictures are truck as found after 50 years in barn and then back on its feet with new
brakes, fuel system, and tires. Radiator is re-cored and it has new hoses and belt.
Lots left to do but at least it's finally running.

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Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368292 Thu Jul 09 2020 01:10 AM
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I use straight 30 weight Valvoline VR-1 (because it has enough zinc in it) and the price is good.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368302 Thu Jul 09 2020 02:04 AM
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15w40 diesel oil, usually Walmart's SuperTech in the summer. Sometimes if changing oil in the winter, 10w30.


RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368303 Thu Jul 09 2020 02:11 AM
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30w VR1 for me as well


Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368348 Thu Jul 09 2020 01:20 PM
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J
Shop Shark
Nice looking truck, by the way.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368377 Thu Jul 09 2020 03:25 PM
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Shop Shark
Nice truck! The pinstriping on your truck, if not original, is done to the factory specs. It seems very few trucks have the correct pinstripes with many having the whole belt line painted. Notice the lower cab beltline, which is wider, has two lines in it. I think it gives the truck a rather elegant look.
Back to the topic; I recommend 15w-40 oil.
Kent

Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Thu Jul 09 2020 06:04 PM. Reason: staying on topic

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Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368394 Thu Jul 09 2020 06:03 PM
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Shop Shark
Rotella 15-40.

Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368443 Fri Jul 10 2020 01:53 AM
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Nice truck. Looks really solid. Ditto to 15w40 diesel oil. Always readily available and has pretty good zinc in it. I also like VR1 also but alitta pricey around here sometimes hard to find. My 216 in my 51 chevy that i drove for 3years or better b4 swapping it out, i used straight 30w . Cheap and if you are not running a filter, leaves all the crap in the pan. Change it often and will work just fine. I got it by the gallon from Petroleum Products in Pa.

Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368525 Fri Jul 10 2020 04:12 PM
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30W and change once a year if you don't drive much. You also don't need a lot additives in the oil for a stock engine. The valve springs have very little pressure even when open and the cam has really mild ramps with little lift. Run your favorite brand oil you like, just stay away from the 50w's, you don't need the extra stress the heavy oil puts on the oiling system. I run standard 10-w 20 in my 250, no additives or race oil, going on 10,000 miles now, because, like your engine, it has a mild cam and mild valve springs.

Re: engine oil
'37 barn find #1368580 Fri Jul 10 2020 10:24 PM
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I was wondering how much oil do other engines use ? mine leaks some but not a lot, a puddle the size of a saucer plate after a week of sitting

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