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Timstopp



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:27 pm    Post subject: r oily confused Reply with quote

I have searched the forums, and the interweb, to try to establish which oil I should use for my 1934 wolseley nine in-
1) the engine
2) the gearbox
3) the back axle
4) shock absorbers (Vane type)
I am now totally confused with various ratings, additives, anti foaming, weights, drip tests, and does it contain yellow metal(how should I know - it works and I don't intend to take it apart!) aaaargggghhhh

Can anyone suggest which type of either castrol or penrite oil would actually suit the above applications so that I can go to my local auto factor and ask for, say 5, gallons of castrol xlr20, 2 pints of castrol lm34 gear oil, etc etc

Many, many thanks

Tim
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like you want to stick with classic oils.

I would suggest SAE 30 in both engine and gearbox and an something like SAE 80 or 90 in the rear axle. Don't use oils with the designation EP in your rear axle. There should be a "straight" oil available in the Castrol or Penrite ranges.

Shock absorbers need a special light oil but it will be specifically labeled for shock absorbers.

Peter
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you email Penrite they will tell you exactly what you require
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Timstopp



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thankyou all, very helpful as always, oil all ordered!
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Jim Walker



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the days when your car was made, and right up to the introduction of the first multigrade oil (Shell X100) in the mid 1950s, it was usual to change the oil grade every Spring and Autumn. Usually an SAE 50 oil was used for summer motoring, such as Castrol XXL and an SAE 30 oil in Winter such as Castrol XL. Post war cars tended towards XL in Summer and Castrolite in Winter.
I think an SAE 30 oil in Summer could run dangerously 'thin' if you do long Summer journeys, and so it seems, did the car manufacturers.

Jim.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry its a bit late but MILLERS do a good range of classic oils too.
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