Proper oil for 1952 Super A

Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:49 pm

I just restored my Farmall Super A and need some advice. I have read that any oil of the correct weight for the temperature can be used in this tractor. This includes detergent oil of many grades. Several people told me that it wouldn't hurt to run detergent oil in this tractor. A dealer that sells parts and is a sponsor for this forum told me to only run 30 weight non-detergent oil. I went to WalMart to buy 30 weight non- detergent oil and it says on the bottle "not to run this non-detergent oil in any engines newer than 1930" because it has no additives added and it will damage the engine" Who do I believe?

Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:00 pm

Since your engine has been rebuilt, a detergent oil is ok. either single grade, or multigrade.

Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:08 pm

Ken:

I just learned that all Small Engine Oil, such as MTD, Ariens, JD.. Briggs&Stratton, Tecumseh all use Non-detergent low ash 30 weight oil.. whodah thunk it :?: :?: :roll: :lol:

As far as damaging the engine.. nah.. not gonna happen. BTW.. I like the restored Super A -- looks real sharp beong restored around that awesome Battery Box :!: :idea: :roll: :wink: 8) :lol: :lol:

Proper oil for 1952 Farmall Super A

Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:58 am

Hi John *.?-!.* cub owner! The engine has had new rings put into it. It has not been completely rebuilt. Will detergent oil be bad? Why did the guy from JP tractor Salvage say only use non detergent 30 wt oil? Why did the bottle of non detergent 30 wt oil say not to use it in engines made after 1930? See the reason for my confusion? Any oil experts out in Farmall Cub land that can clear this up? Thanks Ken

Proper Oil for a 1952 Farmall Super A

Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:05 pm

Hi Rudi! Thanks for the battery box! I just want to say in the public forum that Rudi is a great guy! The was a big help to me. If I could figure out how to post the pictures of restored tractor, and Rudi's battery box, I would post them. Rudi helped me out when I couldn't find a battery box. The one I got from Rudi is BETTER than the orginal one. Heavier, better built and reasonably priced. THANKS Rudi!!!!!! Ken

Re: Proper oil for 1952 Farmall Super A

Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:50 pm

Rudi wrote:Ken:

I just learned that all Small Engine Oil, such as MTD, Ariens, JD.. Briggs&Stratton, Tecumseh all use Non-detergent low ash 30 weight oil.. whodah thunk it :?:

Who told you that? Have any documentation to go with that claim?
This seems to be in conflict with your information:
http://www.jackssmallengines.com/oil_lub.cfm

KBP wrote:Any oil experts out in Farmall Cub land that can clear this up? Thanks Ken

I don't consider myself an expert on oil, but I know a fair amount. I mostly have quit commenting on lubrication threads because whatever I say is lost among all the misinformation and hype for various snake oils.

Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:53 pm

Use the HD worst case you may have to take the pan off and clean the pickup But I dont think you will

and Rudi i think maybe you have been misinformed
David

Re: Proper oil for 1952 Farmall Super A

Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:41 pm

Jim Becker wrote:
Rudi wrote:Ken:

I just learned that all Small Engine Oil, such as MTD, Ariens, JD.. Briggs&Stratton, Tecumseh all use Non-detergent low ash 30 weight oil.. whodah thunk it :?:

Who told you that? Have any documentation to go with that claim?
This seems to be in conflict with your information:
http://www.jackssmallengines.com/oil_lub.cfm

KBP wrote:Any oil experts out in Farmall Cub land that can clear this up? Thanks Ken

I don't consider myself an expert on oil, but I know a fair amount. I mostly have quit commenting on lubrication threads because whatever I say is lost among all the misinformation and hype for various snake oils.


AMEN! Man do I know what you mean & agree! Jim, try debating oils on one of the performance car boards(Moparts.com comes to mind). Good lord, you'll want to hang yourself before long.

Brian

Proper Oil for 1952 Farmall Super A

Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:17 pm

Thanks for everyones comments. I think I asked the wrong question. The question I think I really wanted to ask is "What oil are you using in your 1950's era Farmall? Maybe this will help me out with my confusion. Please tell me what weight and type of oil you are using. Thanks ! Ken

Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:42 pm

NAPA 30wt ND.

Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:13 pm

I use 20W50. It's a generic brand from the local autoparts store. I also use detergent 30W from the dollar stores. The engine was a NOS block assembled about 2 years ago.

My vote with a partial rebuild. Use the same oil you use in your automobiles.

Eugene