Discussion in 'Generation 4 - General Discusson' started by jtreber, Jun 7, 2019.
Found this while surfing the net.
God I love the internet
Happens to us all sooner or later
You can be like my friend's old girlfriend, and just fill it up to the top - of the oil filler cap.
My dipstick almost looks like that. Pull it out a few inches to let it drip dry, and check the next morning because it is so clear.
Better than my buddy back from high school who saw that the radiator was low and added engine oil to top it off.... Well, the truck probably benefited from the full drain and boil-out that was done to clean things out.
Neighbor told his wife to check the oil when she drove the car. She did and it checked low. She went to add a quart but didn't know where. Tried pouring it down the dipstick hole. Out of a quart probably only a few drops went in the engine. The rest spilled all over the outside of the engine.
If i remember right, the dipstick tube was the correct way to add oil in older cars. My 68 Mustang, for one. Trans and PS for sure. I can't recall oil now, been too many years.
I use one of those transmission dipstick funnels to put oil in anyway, it's almost impossible to pour a quart or five quart jug into the oil cap without spilling all over the valve cover and exhaust, even without it being a windy day.
It has an oil-breather fuel cap - clean every 6k miles. Replace emissions control valve and clean hoses every 12k miles.
Boy, looking at the manual for the 1968 Mustang! The engines need either 94 or 99.8 octane fuel (good ol' leaded). Adjusting the distributor and the points (get out the timing light); adjusting carburetor idle and mixture. Bias ply tires. Putting in the right single-weight oil for the season. Warming up the car before use. Topping off the radiator (before the coolant recovery bottle). "Adding oil between changes is normal". Everything from AC to tachometer to 8-track to television - dealer-installed options. Push gas pedal to floor and release to engage choke to start; adjust accelerator pump lever for hot or cold temperatures. 6000 mile fuel filter.
21 years later, a classic car worth owning has computer-managed distributorless sequential fuel injection; change nothing but the oil for 60k, and turn key to start every time.
The same neighbor was working on his car adjusting the carb with the air cleaner off. It backfired and the carb caught fire. He ran inside to get a towel and when he got back the fire was out. His wife was standing there smiling and proud that she put the fire out. In her hand was a shovel and dirt.
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