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    My mechanic has recommended this oil for my just rebuilt 289, but I'm not sure of the weight I should get.
    peter lee

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    I have been running 10w-30 in my 289 And I am happy with the oil pressure and the results.
    1962 Champ

    51 Commander 4 door

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    • #3
      I've been using 20-50.

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      • #4
        I use the VR-1 10/30 jimmijim
        sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member

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        • #5
          I run VR1 10-30 in my rebuilt engine as well. Oil pressure is just fine.
          Wayne
          "Trying to shed my CASO ways"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jimmijim8 View Post
            I use the VR-1 10/30 jimmijim
            The right choice. So after selling that gorgeous '55 President you bought yourself a GT Hawk~!!!! I was sick when I missed that '55.

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            • #7
              I was told to use straight 50W VR-1 '63 R-2 Avanti 289

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              • #8
                must be something special about the viscosity of that 50W...... biggest wear factor on a normally operating engine....start up...

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                • #9
                  20W-50 or straight 50 will not make the engine happy. I say it is to make the driver happy since he thinks he needs to see high oil pressure readings. 10W-30 would give much quicker lubrication on a cold start.
                  Personally I use 5W-40 synthetic, intended for turbo diesel truck engines.

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                  • #10
                    10W-30 now. 10W-40 in summer once you reach 50K miles. 20W-50 once you reach 100K miles.
                    Skip Lackie

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by colt45sa View Post
                      The right choice. So after selling that gorgeous '55 President you bought yourself a GT Hawk~!!!! I was sick when I missed that '55.
                      I've had the Hawk 14 yrs. now. Owning and maintaining 2 Studes was a bit much for me. That is why the 55 went bye-bye. cheers jimmijim
                      sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member

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                      • #12
                        There is no way I would use a straight SAE 50 oil in a street driven Studebaker engine. 50 is meant for racing engines with large internal engine clearances and high internal pressures. I use 15W-40 in my engines, but I live in a warm climate. In colder areas 10W-30 or 5W-40 is what I would use. Bud

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                        • #13
                          Now that I know which weight to use, i'm finding it hard to get the VR1 on Long Island. A local store recommended using a high zinc formula additive to any good quality oil. I'm waiting to hear from my rebuilder on this.
                          peter lee

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                          • #14
                            Just ORDER the Valvoline 10W/30 VR1 and be DONE with it, Min. 7 Qts. (a Case is better), you still need Cam and lifter break-in ZDDP Additive; ZDDPlus, Lucus or Redline.

                            NEVER use heavier than 20 Wt. or 10W/30 in a NEW Engine!
                            StudeRich
                            Second Generation Stude Driver,
                            Proud '54 Starliner Owner
                            SDC Member Since 1967

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Studebakercenteroforegon View Post
                              20W-50 or straight 50 will not make the engine happy. I say it is to make the driver happy since he thinks he needs to see high oil pressure readings. 10W-30 would give much quicker lubrication on a cold start.
                              Personally I use 5W-40 synthetic, intended for turbo diesel truck engines.
                              I think it depends on where you live. It's 87F here right now, and very rarely ever gets below the mid 40's. I've always used 20-50 in everything, but have switched to 10-40; only because I can't find 20-50 around here anymore. The problem I have with 10-40 is I don't like seeing the oil pressure drop an extra 10-15lbs when everything gets warmed up.

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