I am finally done for the day.
I have a '78 Chevy pickup that I bought new in '78. Valve cover gaskets were always a problem on the engine. I should still be on the original engine, but I have let it run out of oil twice. The first time it spun a main bearing. I overhauled it myself and had to get a new crank because the original was chewed too much to turn down.
The second time Autozone had just started selling complete engines and had them on sale. I got an engine with the pan full of oil, intake manifold and valve covers installed for $1000. The only thing it didn't include was the carb.
I have fried an automatic tranny that was leaking and locked up an air compressor (Lucas story below), all because I didn't check the oil often enough. I guess I'm a slow learner, but I haven't fried anything for a long time.
I had a truck that broke a wrist pin at 999,600 (one million) miles. It made an awful racket, but by some miracle, it didn't touch the cylinder wall. I was using 10 gallons of Shell Rotella with 2 gallons of Lucas Oil Additive every oil change. When they tore the engine down, you could still see hone marks on every cylinder, and there was virtually no lip at the top.
I parked for the night at a factory on a Monday night a few years ago. The next morning, I found a puddle of oil on the ground where a trailer wheel seal let all the oil leak out overnight. I cleaned the drum, wheel, and tire with ether and drove to a truck stop a few miles away.
I bought a quart of Lucas Hub Oil and filled the hub. I drove another 2500 miles that week before I got home, and the seal did not even seep the whole time. I changed the seal when I got home and filled every hub with Lucas.
When the air compressor locked up, I pulled the head bolts and slid the block up as far as I could while keeping the pistons inside. It had aluminum rods on a steel crank and no bearings. I used a propane torch to heat and expand the rods enough so I could turn the crank.
I started by spraying WD-40 while turning the crank by hand. After a few minutes, I started using transmission fluid while turning it. After a few more minutes I switched to 50 wt motor oil and kept turning. Next I used a whole can of ether while turning to clean it thoroughly.
Then I poured Lucas Hub Oil on it and turned some more. Then I put it back together and filled it with more Lucas. That compressor has been running for 8 years that way and does not leak.
I use Lucas products in and on everything I own.
Edited by freedhardwoods, September 09, 2015 - 09:02 PM.