[Healeys] Valvoline VR-1 20W-50 ...

Richard Collins gonnagitcha90 at hotmail.com
Mon May 9 10:52:19 MDT 2016

Didn't the Healey tractor engines have red blocks while the cars were Healey green blocks?

Curious as my block is red and the ID is covered over by the rebuilders plate.

Richard C

On May 9, 2016, at 12:45, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net<mailto:bspidell at comcast.net>> wrote:

I'd want to know for sure before I used it (the tractor stuff), but I'd wager if it's for tractors--which probably have solid lifters--it has plenty of ZDDP.

Have heard that tractors use Healey engines.



Hi Simon,
The problem is the ZDDP content which is either missing or too low to protect solid lifters.
Read this..http://www.netbug.net/blogmichael/?p=49

Michael S

On May 9, 2016 12:21 AM, "Simon Lachlan" <simon.lachlan at homecall.co.uk<mailto:simon.lachlan at homecall.co.uk>> wrote:
I hate to start another oil war, but:
Recalling that one of the Healeys said that the quality of the oil was less
important than the frequency of the oil changes - ie change yr oil often - I
get my 20 -50 from a farm depot. In bulk. Costs very little ie the drum
doesn't have a picture of a Classic Car on it. It's good stuff....most
decent size tractors are worth more than our cars and they wouldn't put any
old stuff in their engines! I've been running on Mole Valley Farmers' 20-50
for the last +/-15 yrs. Oil and filter at least every 3,000 miles.

... appears to be no longer available in California.  Amazon has it, but
won't ship to either my address or my parents', and my favorite local parts
house said they 'yanked it off the shelves' at all their warehouses.

Best (only?) alternative is Joe Gibbs Racing 15W-50, at $10+/qt. Ouch.


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