[E-Type] Nine and one half quarts (US) of Motor Oil

I filled my crankcase, checked, ran the motor and double
checked the next morning…Nine and one half quarts,
including the OE cannister oil filter…Is it unusual for a
Series One 4.2 liter engine to take that much oil ? Granted
the engine was dry…except for assembly lube (Lubriplate
Grease) and a little oil round the rings and such.

The engine ran very nicely but I am a little concerned about
the oil:
ONE: It took 9.5 quarts to fill
TWO: There aren’t any leaks yet (5 days)…When are they
supposed to start? :slight_smile:
THREE: I’ll have to see if I have the right dipstick…

Abner

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In reply to a message from lilAbner sent Mon 18 Jun 2007:

Abner 9.5 quarts is normal for the XK.–
Ray Livingston - '64 OTS Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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In reply to a message from Ray Livingston sent Mon 18 Jun 2007:

Thanks for confirmation, Ray, I was a little leery bout the
earlier engine. I thought it was around 8.5 quarts. My XJ6’s
take 9.5 at a change…

Hey! I’ll be looking forward to taking some compression
tests…Remember, this is the engine that we figured had
about a 9.9:1 compression ratio; then through your formula,
I calculated that the .085’’ MLS head gasket would bring me
down to 8.7:1 ratio (which is exactly where I wanted to be)

ABner–
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Abner 9.5 quarts is normal for the XK.


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ONE: It took 9.5 quarts to fill

That sounds about right.

TWO: There aren’t any leaks yet (5 days)…When are they
supposed to start? :slight_smile:

Consider yourself lucky… or skilled.

Mine doesn’t leak either… after my last rebuild that is. Before
that it leaked a plenty.

Congrats btw.

–chuck goolsbee
65ots, 1E10715
arlington, wa, usa
http://chuck.goolsbee.org

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In reply to a message from lilAbner sent Mon 18 Jun 2007:

Abner!
I have used 7 to 7 1/2 quarts in both my 69E 4.2 and 78XJ6
original engines since new without any problems.
None of them are oil burners after 80K miles.
Your overfilling your crankcase.

                                 Walter--

The original message included these comments:

I filled my crankcase, checked, ran the motor and double
checked the next morning…Nine and one half quarts,
including the OE cannister oil filter…Is it unusual for a
Series One 4.2 liter engine to take that much oil ? Granted


Walter Schuster 78XJ6LFI Ser.II, 69Eser.II 2+2
Albuquerque/New Mexico, United States
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In reply to a message from WaltSchuster sent Tue 19 Jun 2007:

Walt,
So, did you make a custom extra-long dipstick? 7-1/2 quarts
will be well below the end of a stock dipstick. 9+ quarts is the
factory spec.–
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Abner!
I have used 7 to 7 1/2 quarts in both my 69E 4.2 and 78XJ6
original engines since new without any problems.
None of them are oil burners after 80K miles.
Your overfilling your crankcase.
Walter


Ray Livingston - '64 OTS Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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I’ve owned my car for 11 years and have always filled with 9+ quarts of oil
without problem and correct level readings on the dipstick.

Les Halls
Atlanta Ga
'68 S1.5 2+2

From: “Ray Livingston” jagboy@pacbell.net
Walt,
So, did you make a custom extra-long dipstick? 7-1/2 quarts
will be well below the end of a stock dipstick. 9+ quarts is the
factory spec.

The original message included these comments:

Abner!
I have used 7 to 7 1/2 quarts in both my 69E 4.2 and 78XJ6
original engines since new without any problems.
None of them are oil burners after 80K miles.
Your overfilling your crankcase.
Walter


Ray Livingston - '64 OTS Santa Cruz, CA
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In reply to a message from WaltSchuster sent Tue 19 Jun 2007:

Walt,
That seems like too little to me…And I’m a Scot !

My wife had occasionally told me that the OIL LIGHT comes on
in her car !! My response has always been along the lines
of: ‘‘Why don’t we check the oil level!’’ After fourteen years
and about three hundred thousand miles, it was clear that
the oil light in that XJ6 would come on when the 9.5 qt.
crankcase was two or more quarts low…
Now this, of course, has never happened in MY XJ6.

I think that the first half quart vanishes rather quickly…
The rest is intended to remain to ‘‘do the job’’.

Abner–
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I have used 7 to 7 1/2 quarts in both my 69E 4.2 and 78XJ6
original engines since new without any problems.


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In reply to a message from lilAbner sent Tue 19 Jun 2007:

Which is why I never fill pastt the bottom of the
crosshatching…less oil consumption that way!–
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I think that the first half quart vanishes rather quickly…
The rest is intended to remain to ‘‘do the job’’.


Paul Wigton, '60 DKW 1000SP, '57 Chrysler Imperial, Tweety!
Keenesburg, CO, United States
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