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#204654 - 08/13/06 3:43 am ...which oil ??  
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Hi, as I'm rebuilding my B 31 race bike, it's a good time to think about what type of oil these older engined bikes should be using.

It's been sugested that I should start using a castor based oil....

I can't make up my mind, your thoughts please,

Regards, Barry. confused


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#204655 - 08/13/06 5:01 am Re: ...which oil ??  
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I use Oilzall, a degummed castor, in my Weslake. Prior to that I used Castrol R. R is a bit hard to find out here on the west coast. The Oilzall appears to be identical. Just remember you can't mix castor based oils with mineral oils. If nothing else R smells great.


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#204656 - 08/13/06 8:22 am Re: ...which oil ??  
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A bloke whom I know runs a pretty quick Ariel classic outfit and has been running R30, apparently just been informed that the oil is now only available in 1 litre cans at AU$17.50 per litre !!!


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#204657 - 08/14/06 12:47 pm Re: ...which oil ??  
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Castrol R is still available. A few years ago I contacted Castrol Classic Oils on the web. They put me in touch with with Abingdon Spares in Walpole New Hampshire. I run it in an old MGA. Tigers right though, it is quite pricey. Also what about Morris MLR oils as advertised in British Only. They claim it is the modern version of castor based oils with new synthetic additives for grasstrack and classic machines. Hope this helps.
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#204658 - 08/14/06 8:29 pm Re: ...which oil ??  
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Castrol Formula R will do the trick too

#204659 - 08/15/06 1:47 am Re: ...which oil ??  
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You are in New Zealand so you can get Castrol R castor oil from Greg Carr who comes to all the NZCMRR meetings. Next one Taupo in Sept. Look for his brothers BSAs #53. If you phone him he will bring some down for you. He also has a lot of data on how to use it. It is a bit of a mission but my camshaft seems to love it.

#204660 - 08/15/06 8:37 am Re: ...which oil ??  
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Thanks guys,....Vegetable seems to be getting more votes than mineral so far....though as you say johnm, it sounds like " a bit of a mission" to use.

But I guess it's not just the nice smell that makes it popular....Barry.


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