[Healeys] Oil

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Sat Aug 27 10:36:37 MDT 2016

Don't know if you know it, Michael, but you 'started' a long thread on 
the Forum about this (Steve Gerow re-posted a link he got from you):


This guy's research, while impressive, has been disputed here:


This is of major interest to me, as I'll be rebuilding my BJ8's engine 
in the near future.  I've run it on off-the-shelf dino 20W-50--Castrol, 
Chevron (mostly) and Valvoline--for almost 120K miles so it will be 
interesting to see what the internals look like now (also want to see 
what deposits, if any, the PCV valve has caused in the intake system).  
#2 has low compression and we'll see if cam lobe wear is the cause.

Agree with Chris on the cam lube.  I bought a bunch of GM EOS assembly 
lube way back when and I'm tempted to pour a bottle down the pushrod 
tubes before first startup.  Thoughts (of course, I'll use assembly lube 
on the cam and all moving surfaces)?

Also, I'm leaning towards buying a cam from Denis Welch, which they say 
is 'gun-drilled' which, I presume, means the cam is lubricated 
internally and supplies a stream of oil to the lobes. I'll probably also 
go with their bucket lifters which have a hole on the bottom to supply 
yet more oil to the lifter-lobe surfaces.

I'm interested in hearing any and all thoughts and experiences on engine 
assembly and break-in.  I'm going all-in on this rebuild--it'll be the 
last for this car (I hope)--and my dad wants a friend of his who owns a 
racing engine shop to do the major work ($$$).


On 8/27/2016 2:31 AM, Chris Dimmock wrote:
> Interesting, but he completely missed the point that a fundamental 
> part of most flat tappet engine (BMC A, B, or C series) builds that I 
> know of, is liberal application of your favorite "cam lube" on the cam 
> lobes, followers etc.
> Which is usually a molybdenum disulphide based grease based.
> E.g. 
> http://iskycams.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1809
> So the break in/ run in oil is less of an issue in that first 5 - 10 
> seconds of start up, because the cam lube is on the cam before the oil 
> pump even starts turning...
> Best
> Chris
> On 27 Aug 2016, at 11:38 AM, Michael Salter <michaelsalter at gmail.com 
> <mailto:michaelsalter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Talking of oil here is an interesting article...VERY LONG... on 
>> lifter wear that is opening some eyes!!!
>> http://speedtalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=32471
>> Certainly has me wondering...
>> M
>> On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 3:12 PM, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net 
>> <mailto:bspidell at comcast.net>> wrote:
>>     We never talk about oil, so ....
>>     Anybody use this stuff?
>>     https://www.amazon.com/Kendall-1057267-Performance-20W-50-Titanium/dp/B004RNSO2M
>>     <https://www.amazon.com/Kendall-1057267-Performance-20W-50-Titanium/dp/B004RNSO2M>
>>     This is the best price I've seen on (I assume it's) decent 20W-50
>>     (and I just bought 3 cases of Valvoline @ $4.99/qt + shipping).
>>     Bob
>>     --------------------------------
>>     Bob Spidell - San Jose, CA

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