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O/T Engine lubrication
Posted by: ken ()
Date: January 12, 2019 07:44AM

I saw this when the author was talking about the 10 worst cars .

Another of its more famous blunders is the 1971 Chevy Vega. Apparently, the engine of this car was so defunct that it couldn’t even hold oil. This meant that after around 100 miles, the car would lose all ability to lubricate its tumblers and pistons. As any car buff knows, this is bad news.

BE SURE TO LUBRICATE YOUR " Tumblers "

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Re: O/T Engine lubrication
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:09AM

Quick! Ask him how to do that. I'll probably lose sleep now worrying about my tumblers.

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Re: O/T Engine lubrication
Posted by: Kyle_in_Mich ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:26AM

Wow. That would be grounds for me not reading reading much from that author again.

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Traverse City,MI
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Fun driver/project- 65 Corsa 140/4 speed

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Re: O/T Engine lubrication
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:31AM

Lubricating your Tumblers is highly over-rated!
Even though, "the engine of this car was so defunct that it couldn’t even hold oil.", my sister drove her Vega for several years.
So apparently we don't need oil in our cars at all.
It is just another money grab from the Petroleum Industry. eye rolling smiley

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Re: O/T Engine lubrication
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:47AM

The Vega engine issue was the Nikasil coating used on the aluminum block to obviate the need for steel cylinder liners. It didn't work as well as they'd hoped and some (a lot of?) engines became serious oil burners. Nikasil had been considered for use on the Corvair, but was rejected -- thankfully.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: O/T Engine lubrication
Posted by: 66Monza140 ()
Date: January 12, 2019 09:11AM

Nikasil is widely used in two stroke engines.
With a 40:1 gas/oil mixture ratio, it works quite well.
Maybe if GM had eliminated the oil control rings, those motors would've lasted......eye rolling smiley

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