Although the radiator was not leaking, nor was the car running hot, I tool out the radiator today to have it boiled out and rodded out. Then I changed the oil and filter (filter is very easy to reach…

Although the radiator was not leaking, nor was the car running hot, I tool out the radiator today to have it boiled out and rodded out. Then I changed the oil and filter (filter is very easy to reach with the radiator out), then the thermostat got changed. 

I'll have the radiator back from the shop on Monday, and will reinstall it then. 

Still having fun!


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Comment by Norman Silverman on December 10, 2018 at 3:07am

Never knew about that. Thanks.  I generally use Royal Purple or a good major brand, which I change yearly or at 2000 miles, whichever comes first. I don't drive them hard, never rev them when cold and always keep an eye on the oil level. Here in San Diego we don't get extreme temperatures either way, plus most of our driving is freeway (both factors are very easy on a car).  I've had over 100 old cars over the years and never had an oil-related problem-even when I lived in (dare I say it) Brooklyn, New York. However, I generally don't keep cars more than a few years so if long term problems develop I guess I would not see them. 

Comment by Kevin Campbell on December 10, 2018 at 3:02am

Oh, i also use K&N filters, as I think they about the best you can buy. I did have a gander on Google, it would seem Penrite should be available in the US. Maybe try it next time, your engine will love you for it.

Comment by Kevin Campbell on December 10, 2018 at 2:53am

Hey Norm, i'm not sure if you get Penrite Oils in the USA, as its an Australian oil. Based on that alone, you know its gunna be good. Penrite oils have been around for close on a 100 years and I've been using Penrite products since I was a little tacker. (Teenager)

This is what I use in our 64 Fleetwood with glowing results

To be dead honest, if I had one thing I don't like about it, is its a darkish oil and always looks dark on the dipstick, even when new. I do change the oil on the Fleetwood every 5,000 miles and we do use the car most weeks. Being such a tropical climate, I don't suffer the 6 month lockdown some of you guys do.

Comment by Norman Silverman on December 9, 2018 at 11:45pm

Instead of Zinc I had frequently used Royal Purple. This time I used a different oil, so I put a little ZDDP additive in. I don't really see a need because I've never had a problem-but it can't hurt. 

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on December 9, 2018 at 9:57pm
Adding zinc these days is a given if your oils zinc level is lower than it SB

Comment by Norman Silverman on December 9, 2018 at 8:33pm

Forgot to mention: There's little to no zinc in modern oils and that substance was used to provide certain types of lubrication so I added a Zinc supplement to the oil so as to further lubricate the flat tappets.

Comment by Jason Edge on December 9, 2018 at 10:25am

Oil goes from the pickup screen in the oil pan, to the oil pump, then up the oil filter support bracket to oil filter then distributed throughout the engine. The  "brief moment" it takes to fill filter and push oil out is negligible and should never cause problems as there have been millions of vehicles that have never had oil prefilled in the filter, BUT... it does not hurt anything and should theoretically help reduce wear in the engine over the long haul. What is the amount of wear it saves in the long haul? would it be in the  milli, micro, nano, pico meter range... Dunno.  Point being it cannot harm anything (unless you manage to drop the filter and spill oil all over that new garage  floor), and can only serve to help reduce wear and you know we all like to give our nurtured 390's and 429's the best care available. I have occasionally prefilled, but generally do not, however, this has again served as a reminder that it does not hurt to prefill and can only help... even if it is to stave off .000001 picometer of wear from our baby's innards!

Comment by Norman Silverman on December 9, 2018 at 2:04am

Not really. I brought up oil change and you added perspective. No hijack.

Comment by Kevin Campbell on December 9, 2018 at 12:53am

My logic is this, for a brief moment, the engine has low oil pressure while it fills the filter.

Having said that, I/we have sort of hi-jacked Norms thread, so back to you Norm. sorry.

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on December 9, 2018 at 12:27am
The concept seems to be very sound
Odd how i just saw this done about a week ago on my car
The guy that did my oil change was a florida Red neck out of the back florida woods that filled the oil filter with oil to install it

I think i remember my son filling the oil filter on his Suzuki 1000 now that i am thinking thru this



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