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Grease Cup Grease????

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Old 08-17-2005, 06:09:51 PM
RickC RickC is offline
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Arrow Grease Cup Grease????

I just purchased a Witte, Head Type, throttle governed, 2HP? (Bore 3.75"), engine which I think was made in 1922. I think it was made in 1922 because it has a Bosch Oscillating Magneto. The engine's SN is B4772. I finally got the engine dissassembled. The Grease Cups had some grease in them which was a light greenish-blue color. Does anyone know what type of grease this is.... OR What is the best grease to use with babbitt bearings? Is there any particular type of grease which I should NOT use??? Are Moly base, Lithium Base, wheel bearing greases OK?
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:43:30 AM
George Andreasen George Andreasen is offline
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Smile Re: Grease Cup Grease????

Rick.....when you get right down to it, just about any modern grease is superior to the formulas available in the "old days". I've used ordinary wheel bearing grease very successfully. The lighter greases like Lubriplate 105 have their place, but I would stay with something heavier for your mains. If the grease has a slightly "sticky" or "tacky" feel and will still ooze through the passages you should be fine. These old engines would probably be happy with plain old tallow for lubricant, but would smell like a barbeque while running! Best, George
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:59:53 AM
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Thanks George.... I was mainly concerned that there may be a particular type of grease which may "attack" the babitt. Thanks again, Rick
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