Oil for a 1979 Ford Pinto?

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Hi everyone. I've read some threads here before, and now have joined. smile I recently acquired a 1979 Ford Pinto with the 2.3 engine (4 speed manual). Miles are unknown (5 digit odometer, no idea if it's flipped over). What oil should I use? Is an oil high in ZDDP needed? Thanks.
 
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welcome You can probably use any oil of the correct viscosity with no problem. I'd probably use Walmart brand HM or whatever brand is on sale smile
 

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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
welcome You can probably use any oil of the correct viscosity with no problem. I'd probably use Walmart brand HM or whatever brand is on sale smile
Thanks smile
 
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No need for any special oil in the 2.3L. FWIW, I have Supertech 10W40 in my '75 Bronco right now. Most of my Jeep powered toys are running Pennzoil Platinum or QS syns in 5 and 10W30. No extra ZDDP needed for stock engines.
 
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If possible, I'd try and use what was being used in it. Was it running regularly when you got it?
 
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My uncle gave me a 72 Pinto as my first car. When I got my first real job, I traded it off to a neighbor at 270K miles and he was driving it years later. I'm pretty sure it was never rebuilt and the only thing I knew that was done on the engine was valve guide seals to try to reduce the smoke a bit in the mornings. I would put any SN rated 10w30 in it with confidence as it's much better than the oil it came with.
 

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You'll be fine just using an appropriate oil for the climate, probably 10w-30. If you want to be super careful, you could run an HDEO in that grade like Rotella.
 

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Originally Posted by Gebo
If possible, I'd try and use what was being used in it. Was it running regularly when you got it?
The person I got it from has no idea what was in it. Basically got it from someone else, and it ended up sitting for a few years. I was able to drive it home.
 
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Like several commenters have posted, in CA I'd use a 10w-30 weight in a high mileage synthetic blend. I don't see a benefit or need of full synthetic. And buy a fire extinguisher for that thing!
 
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Originally Posted by OVERKILL
You'll be fine just using an appropriate oil for the climate, probably 10w-30. If you want to be super careful, you could run an HDEO in that grade like Rotella.
This sounds like a good suggestion here. A 10w30 would be my choice. Any idea if it is burning or leaking oil?
 
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Originally Posted by FordCapriDriver
Valvoline VR1 10W-30, affordable, high ZDDP, can't go wrong with that.
Ah yeah, an $8 a quart racing oil for a 1979 Ford Pinto. Right. Why not Red LIne at $12 a quart? Wouldn't that be more better? I mean, you couldn't go wrong with that either.
 
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Pintos had problems when struck from the rear, and that is not a rare type of accident. But that may be true for only the earlier model years. And there were allegations at the time that there was a simple fix that Ford had simply chosen not to apply. All that would be worth looking into. Were they safer by 1979, and if there is a simple fix, could it be retroactively applied to your new car. And welcome to BITOG by the way.
 
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Originally Posted by kschachn
Originally Posted by FordCapriDriver
Valvoline VR1 10W-30, affordable, high ZDDP, can't go wrong with that.
Ah yeah, an $8 a quart racing oil for a 1979 Ford Pinto. Right. Why not Red LIne at $12 a quart? Wouldn't that be more better? I mean, you couldn't go wrong with that either.
Come on guys,don't be so thrifty! At least use that $20 a quart RP XPR stuff laugh
 

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Originally Posted by kschachn
Originally Posted by FordCapriDriver
Valvoline VR1 10W-30, affordable, high ZDDP, can't go wrong with that.
Ah yeah, an $8 a quart racing oil for a 1979 Ford Pinto. Right. Why not Red LIne at $12 a quart? Wouldn't that be more better? I mean, you couldn't go wrong with that either.
LOL At least Rotella is a bit cheaper, the Synblend is $17.00 for a gallon on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shell-ROTELL...lla+10w-30&qid=1587144780&sr=8-1
 
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Dont laugh ...the $100 72 pinto i got had that little 2.3 which was quite a screemin little motor. The dune buggy guys loved em as they were very durable. Agree 10w30
 
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LOL a Pinto in Commiefornia.... now that has to be a sight. I bet the tree huggers out there despise you! That 2300 is a flat tappet I believe, I don't think they had the rollers in '79. I'd definitely use something with extra dosage of ZDDP and/or moly.
 
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