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Old 02-12-2018, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default 1950 8BA Oil Gusher

My 1950 Ford Custom was driven only 400 miles since 1987 until June 2017 . When I got it I changed the oil and put SAE 30 in it . I have driven it 4,000 miles since July . It uses an average 1 quart of oil every 150 miles , and also uses coolant. Has not overheated .Also bought an aluminum radiator . I took off the heads and intake manifold and cleaned under the intake .Did not see any cracks at all . Motor has 56,000 original miles . Does not smoke and runs well . Would using 20-50 oil with Zinc make this engine use less oil and less coolant ?Can anyone tell me what my next step should be? THANKS IN ADVANCE , Bruce
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:01 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1950 8BA Oil Gusher

Check the compression. Were the proper rings installed properly? Are the water pumps leaking? Are rear main and front main bearing seals leaking? Are oil pan seals leaking?
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My 1950 Ford Custom was driven only 400 miles since 1987 until June 2017 . When I got it I changed the oil and put SAE 30 in it . I have driven it 4,000 miles since July . It uses an average 1 quart of oil every 150 miles , and also uses coolant. Has not overheated .Also bought an aluminum radiator . I took off the heads and intake manifold and cleaned under the intake .Did not see any cracks at all . Motor has 56,000 original miles . Does not smoke and runs well . Would using 20-50 oil with Zinc make this engine use less oil and less coolant ?Can anyone tell me what my next step should be? THANKS IN ADVANCE , Bruce
If you want oil with the best additives Use Cummins Blue made by Valvoline.
The best oils start out with a good basic oil. There are 3 or 4 grades of basic
oil. If the engine runs below 210 it should never use any water or coolant.
If it does you have a compression leak or in most cases a pressure cap
that is not holding pressure. The rubber end at the bottom of the cap has
to have spring pressure against the washer like seat down at the bottom
of the neck. I found most don't seat and use a red rubber washer glued
down on the brass washer. Also run with the cap off while filling and bring the level up into the filler neck. G.M.
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