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Old 01-06-2010, 09:45:39 PM
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Hi, Does anyone have an idea of what oil ought to be used in the crankcase of this engine. The original manual just says Macsdiesel Cylinder Oil. Any help appreciated, Thanks.
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Hello Choofer,
The original oil sold by MacDonald would most
likely have been a single grade (SAE30 or 40) non-detergent
oil, which may stiil be available, but hard to find. It was also
accompanied by their instruction to drain and wash out crank-
case regularly, as the non-detergent oil allowed carbon and
dirt to settle to the bottom of the sump and not remain in
suspension as with modern detergent oils.
The old Macs do collect a lot of soot in the oil, but as long
as you do a good job of washing out the sump with say kerosine
,rag and a brush, a good modern multigrade diesel oil (say 15W/
40) should be fine, and allow easier cranking when cold.They are
a remarkably tough old motor.
As an aside, I have an SE almost complete, but need the
valve rocker gear and pushrod, springs etc to get it going,so
if you know where I might track down these parts I would be
most grateful. My ultimate find would be a CE capable of
restoration, as I could probably run it on waste oil with some
kero or jet fuel added. Enjoy your SE, great old motor!
Regards, Combustor.
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Thanks Combuster, for the info. Yes the Mac is a delightful engine to the open! I don't have the parts you need, but will keep an eye out at swap meets, etc for them. I if find them I will contact you.
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yeah in the open is q good idea first time i started my CE in the shed i lost sight of the back wall 4m away I 'cough' decided to 'cough' knock off for the night
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