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396 Oil Recomendation

Just wanted to get some opinions on oil recommendations (weight and type) for a 396 in a 1968 SS Convertible. I live in central Florida and my driving habits are mostly around town. The engine is pretty much stock and has about 5000 miles on it.
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Spectro Motorguard 10W40. It has 1800ppm of zinc. No additive needed and it is excellent for flat tappet cams.
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Re: 396 Oil Recomendation

If it has a stock, Original Equipment Manufacture, (OEM) oil pan then the pan capacity is 4 quarts. This engine requires 5 quarts with an oil and filter change, with a stock pan and stock filter. I stress, OEM! If it is not an OEM pan, then it may hold more. Be sure and not to overfill, as this will cause engine damage through cavitation.


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10w-40 castrol

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10w-40 castrol
That's what I have been using for years in my flat tappet cammed motor with no problems.

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10w-40 Amsoil 100% synthetic. It holds up to the high temps in your market better than any dino oil. Its also got plenty of ZDDP built in, no additives needed. I use it in my 350 and nothing else.

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Brad Penn 10w40 Penn 1 High Performance semi-synthetic. They also make a "break-in" oil for new engine builds. High Quality Oil. My racing engine builder friend uses this oil exclusively. I run a 396 375 in my convertible.

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Okay, I'll throw out my favorite for these types (older flat tappet) engines
Plain 'ol Delo 400 15-40w
Zinc/phos levels are as high as any of the expensive 'syns' and 'racing' oils
Never had a wear issue in many-many years of using this product.
And ... you can buy it a very good prices at any Costco, Sam's/WalMart or common chain auto stores like NAPA and the others.
btw - the 'base stock' processing is the same as most the "Synthetics" ... Group II+ & Group III ... and has the same Moly/Boron additives common in 'syns'

It's the perfect trade-off wieght for these older engines with slightly larger clearance specs than the 'newer' engines.
There's no great gain to be had with a full/semi syn in these engines, wear patterns are aready well developed and they are prone to having ring and piston clearances that allow higher than normal oil bypass to the combustion chamber - leading to higher than 'normal' modern engine oil consumption ...

I've been using it in all my regular oil applications for many-many years (since Valvoline started dropping their Z/P levels) and have not had one bit of problem with it.
I run it in Large (500+) C.I. boats and trucks and other high-demand uses and the engines perform flawlessly on it.

ps: While at you local NAPA store, pick up a "NAPA Gold" oil filter for it - best there is

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I run Valvoline Racing 20w-50 since day one on my engine after rebuild (405). 1k miles no problems thus far, HFT from comp cams hasn't gone flat either so imo its a good oil to use all dino non synthetic.
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ps: While at you local NAPA store, pick up a "NAPA Gold" oil filter for it - best there is
And if there's no NAPA handy, ask for WIX. Same thing.

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And if there's no NAPA handy, ask for WIX. Same thing.
and if they dont have those, just run a ac delco filter!!

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