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  1. marc1

    Any Others Start Off At A Gas Station?

    Not a gas station per se but a mechanical repair / tire shop. I did tires, batteries, lube jobs and parts for the mechanics etc. That was high school and I made enough money there to buy my first 2 muscle cars and operate them. From there I went to a speed shop selling high performance...
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    First oil filter you ever bought

    1982 - Canadian Tire branded filter (Motomaster) 17-1728 (BOP AC PF-24 equivalent) for my 1970 Pontiac. I also bought their house branded oil as well "back in the day".
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    0w oils?

    Yes. In all my OPE engines (past and present, summer or winter, severe duty or light duty) I use 0w30 where 5w30, 10w30 or 30 is called for. Significantly easier to start at all temperatures which matters, to me, with pull starters. Some of my equipment is 30+ years old and still running fine...
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    Favorite battery powered lawn mower that’s very reliable ?

    I have a Kobalt 20" 40V 3 in 1 that I bought from Lowes a few years ago. I really like it, the best feature is how smooth and quiet it is. It came with 2 batteries which is more than enough to do my lawn (about 3000 sq. ft.). I swap the first battery out before it dies and I use maybe 25% of the...
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    What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil?

    2001 - Brand new TDI Jetta, factory fill then Delvac 0w40 every 16,000 kms until I sold it in 2007 250,000 kms on it, still in perfect condition. As someone mentioned above, the price delta is pretty small now (sales plus rebates) so I use synthetic in everything now whether it is required or...
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    Amazon Global Store has Castrol Syntrans gear oils for manual transmissions, so they are finally available in USA

    In my old muscle cars I generally use StaLube: https://www.crcindustries.com/products/api-gl-4-multi-purpose-gear-oil-85w90-32-fl-oz-SL24229.html I have also used Redline MTL in old Muncies with no issues: https://www.redlineoil.com/mtl-75w80-gl-4-gear-oil In my 2011 Shelby I used Redline D4...
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    Shipping Preformed Brake Lines

    I am not sure if this is helpful, I try not to post generally if it isn't, but I have restored several American muscle cars in my lifetime and always have done new full length lines on these restored cars. The brake line manufacturer ships the preformed terminated lines carefully rolled up in...
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    Best hose clamp

    I agree and prefer constant tension as well, however if someone wants a top quality properly designed screw / gear clamp these are the best. https://www.wurthusa.com/Service-and-Repair-Parts/Clamps/Zebra/c/200215
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    1991 ktm 250mx 2 stroke wet clutch trans lube, what should I use?

    I have always used this in all my dirt bikes and never had any issues. https://www.belray.com/product/gear-saver-transmission-oil/
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    GL-4 in differential?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by jayvee53</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Now...what's your thoughts on using one of the many synthetic GL-5's in the differential? (along with the additive)</div></div> That is up to you if you want to spend the extra...
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    GL-4 in differential?

    The 1968 Pontiac Service Manual references "Hypoid" gear oil (page 4A-23), which is the GL5 extreme pressure required for the high pressure "wiping" characteristics of hypoid gears. The service manual for the 1970 Buick Gran Sport (same 8.2" BOP differential) provides a little more information...
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    Does a ""hot" coil make a difference with points?

    You ask if you will gain anything I presume you are asking about gaining <span style="text-decoration: underline">reliability</span> and not performance given your "coil went out" statement. The issue you are facing is poor quality coils made today. The epoxy filled coils simply aren't as good...
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    New to the cartridge oil filter party....

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by ZZman</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Any thoughts on top quality cartridge filters? </div></div> I have a cartridge in my Tacoma as well and I use the M1 line of filters. They are frequently on sale in my neck of the...
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    Holley 4 barrel idle adjustment

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by motor_oil_madman</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My question is I can raise the idle speed without having to readjust the mixture screws again, correct? </div></div> Yes
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    Clutch diameter differences

    We need to be clear on a few points. The examples above and my own personal example I will give you below are cases where the flywheel is the exact same one, it is simply dual drilled. My 70 GTO (RAIV) came with a 10.4" clutch from the factory but the flywheel was drilled to accept the larger...
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    2002 Silverado 5.3L, LT, 2wd Differential cover leak

    I have done this job on my 1996 Silverado and 2006 Sierra. I just use a thin bead of this with no gasket and have never had an issue: <a href="https://www.permatex.com/products/gasketing/gasket-makers/permatex-gear-oil-rtv-gasket-maker/"...
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    High miles on older vehicles

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by ecotourist</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So I'd be interested in anyone who has personally put high miles on an earlier vehicle, lets say model year 1970 or earlier.</div></div> 1) My father's 1970 Buick LeSabre...
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    Toyota 2gr-fks engine oil

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by JNG</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> That said, anyone care to make a recommendation on which 0w-20 to use? Also if you recommend Mobil 1 for example, specify which one because there are a few M1 0w-20's. </div></div> I...
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    Car Ramps for low profile cars

    Already mentioned and I agree, Race Ramps are what I use. I used to have a 2011 Shelby GT500 (quite low clearance) and they were perfect for that car. I got them from Costco online, that was the best deal.
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    How do you service your own car without a garage/driveway?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by y_p_w</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'm just wondering how people do this living in places that don't allow renters to work on their own cars.</div></div> Your post took me, fondly, back in time to my apartment days. I...
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