Re: 1955 Gale 12 HP dumps alot of oil

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Posted by Spike ( on July 08, 2005 at 05:01:21:

In Reply to: 1955 Gale 12 HP dumps alot of oil posted by Andrew on July 07, 2005 at 22:45:23:

These older motors do run a little dirty.And it was normal to run SAE 30 oil.But you can run TCW3 rated oil at 1/2 pint to a gallon 5 gallons the TCW3 will clean it up a little.As far as a rebuild it sounds like the old guy took care with it but check the compression.
Should be about 100 lbs and within 10% between cylinders.It will run with less but performance may suffer.I personally wouldn`t feel bad with 80lbs on that oldtimer.
After all those years on sae 30 oil it could probably use a decarb.I personally have never done it but there are treatments, Sea foam is one, you run through the motor to clean out the carbon.It can help compression.

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