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Re: Engine oil

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12-30-2013 07:28:24

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Just so you know, Kendall is not made in Bradford, PA anymore. It's just a brand name, a 'badge' put on someone else's oil.

The Bradford refinery used to be the Kendall refinery, now it's American Refining Group (ARG), and they make Brad-Penn motor oil.

I don't have any connection at all with this refinery, just drive by ot at least once a week, it is in my local area. I put Brad-Penn in my vehicles to support the local economy.

When the "old" company sold out, they sold the Kendall name. ARG is the "new" company.

Just something to think about when selecting motor oil. Who knows who makes what anymore?

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12-30-2013 17:04:54

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 Re: Engine oil in reply to jhilyer, 12-30-2013 07:28:24  
Brad-Penn has a high-zinc oil they market for the classic/muscle car market. It's green.

I switched to Valvoline a few years ago.

We used Pennzoil and Rotella for years with no trouble, and some Wolf's Head, too, but I got some valvoline on my fingers one day and couldn't turn the nut on a new, clean, 1/2 inch bolt. NEVER had that trouble with any other oils.

Also used to be able to smell Pennzoil, Wolf's head, Hy-tran, Ford 134, and Rotella and tell you which I had.

Valvoline also bottles NAPA's oil for them.

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12-30-2013 14:05:56

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 Re: Engine oil in reply to jhilyer, 12-30-2013 07:28:24  
I use Kendall in all my machines--it is made by Phillips 66 lubricants out of Texas

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12-30-2013 11:59:46

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 Re: Engine oil in reply to jhilyer, 12-30-2013 07:28:24  
Along the same lines, who makes Wolf's Head these days? The Wolf's Head refinery was literally "across the street" from my grandparents - and my Grandpa worked there.

The Wolf's Head refinery was located on Route 8 in Reno, PA. My grandparents were one block away, on the hillside that was (is) Reno. Walk out on their front porch, turn right, and you were staring at the refinery. I remember when they tore it down, late '70s or early '80s, I think.

Just this morning I saw Wolf's Head motor oil on the rack at the local convenience store - but where did it come from? The Wolf's Head I knew was torn down years ago.

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12-30-2013 08:09:28

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 Re: Engine oil in reply to jhilyer, 12-30-2013 07:28:24  
I buy 15/40 and trans/hyd. oil by the barrel from a local distributor. It gets used in most everything on the farm. The dist. happens to be in south central NY, and Brad-Penn is what he carries.

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12-30-2013 21:31:15

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 Re: Engine oil in reply to Bob Bancroft, 12-30-2013 08:09:28  
South Central NY to me is Lafayette, Tully, Cortland area lol

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