Hang on there! My label actually recommends seven different
(1964) brands, and though Castrol is there, it’s not first
even though it’s alphabetically lowest. Mobil is first.
On the brake fluid, my guess is that as the British developed disk
brakes, they could not find brake fluid that could handle the job.
I bet Girling did a lot of development to come up with Girling
Crimson fluid, which was thereafter the ONLY fluid that you
could use. Then it could be that Castrol became the company
that owned and delivered this crimson fluid through some
mechanism. And since only this fluid would work, Castrol
became the only supplier to use for brake fluid. Then
everybody’s brake fluid improved to the point that most any
good brake fluid was fine for British systems, but the published
recommendations for Castrol continue to this day. Note that even
our 1960’s E Type manual recommends Castrol/Girling crimson fluid
OR any SAE J1703A fluid. Or maybe it happened different.
What to put in your crankcase? For 1960s cars, pretty much any oil
you can buy at the drug store will be way superior to the best
available then, and the XK engine was thought to be pretty long
lived using those feeble old oils. Consumer Reports claims their
testing shows that buying premium oils is a waste of money.
So IMHO, it’s all a matter of religion, what creed of oil do you
choose to believe, buy that one and be happy. Or not.
Jerry Mouton mailto:@mouton Laissez les bons temps rouler!----- Original Message -----
From: “Bruce Bernhoft” email@example.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 11:24 PM
Subject: Re: [E-Type] Paraffin
I read about parrifin, very interesting. All right, Jerry, here is a simple
question: why does Jag list Castrol Oil as the recommeded lubricant for
everything from brake and clutch fluid to engine oil? Paid endorsement? Same
Bottom line: what do I put in my engine?
This oil change link has caused more confusion than answers.
----- Original Message -----
From: “Jerry Mouton” <@mouton>
To: “E-Type_Lovers’_List” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 10:42
Subject: [E-Type] Paraffin
Here’s another view of the word paraffin and what it means in
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