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Old 02-25-2021, 06:09 PM   #1
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What Type of Oil do I use for my 1979 V-6 twin diesel Californian?

Im changing my oil, can someone please tell me which oil is best?

these are my specs:

twin marine turbo charged diesels
Ford/Fiat Model: in line 6-cylinder H.P./CU.CI: rep as 155 hp ea engine
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:14 PM   #2
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Which Diesel Engine Oil To Use

Hi I'm a new owner and I'm not sure which oil to use, I have a 1979 Californian Trawler, these are my specs:

Ford/Fiat Model: in line 6-cylinder H.P./CU.CI: rep as 155 hp ea engine

twin marine turbo charged diesels

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Use what ever the manufacture recommends in it's service manual.
If you can not locate that use 15W40 Diesel oil.
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:19 PM   #4
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Thanks, can you tell me where to get the manual?
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I can not find that engine on the web, and have never seen one.
Maybe someone else on here knows about it.
But, that a new one to me.
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:31 PM   #6
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If you can not locate that use 15W40 Diesel oil.
I don't think that is good advice. He really needs to get the specs.

Maybe these people know....

https://www.tadiesels.com/upg/ford_fiat.htm
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:47 PM   #7
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I don't think that is good advice. He really needs to get the specs.

Maybe these people know....

https://www.tadiesels.com/upg/ford_fiat.htm
I was told A 1030 or 1040 by the previous mechanic, I wish I could find the owners manual, it’s a 1979 Californian Trawler made by Marshall boats, here’s the survey >

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Old 02-25-2021, 07:11 PM   #8
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There will be 100 recommendations. The answer is you are not going to hurt your engine with any good diesel rated oil. eg. Rotella t-4 , extremely cold weather start up is the only variable
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I like Rotella. And use it in my Ford Lehmans.
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I have never ever seen a diesel fail from ‘ wrong’ diesel oil.
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Rotella, same as for my Dodge Diesel truck.
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Its a rare diesel that doesn't stomach 15W40 Diesel rated oil...but there are a few.


If I can't find something else that is "required", it would do just fine.
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Rotella, same as for my Dodge Diesel truck.
Rotella, for all my diesels. Have 509,000 miles on my Dodge pickup with the Cummins diesel. Clearly it likes Rotella T 15W/40.

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Shell Rotella T-4 or Chevron Delo 400 Heavy Duty Motor Oil.

These are not the only acceptable oils but they are the most common in boating.
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The nice thing about Rotella is that it is available everywhere. Delo not as much so it may be more difficult to find in the boonies. Rotella can be found easily.
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The nice thing about Rotella is that it is available everywhere. Delo not as much so it may be more difficult to find in the boonies. Rotella can be found easily.
Haven't found a Walmart that didn't carry Rotella.

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The nice thing about Rotella is that it is available everywhere. Delo not as much so it may be more difficult to find in the boonies. Rotella can be found easily.
Not in Australia
Doesn't exist
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Sorry for my interjection and do not mind me but Rotella is a Shell brand of diesel oil but exist in many different flavours.
Saying oil for his engine is Rotella is like saying tires for my car are Michelin.

No bad intent in my comment though, don't shoot the messenger

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My mistake, since the OP is in the US that was what I was speaking to. Didn’t mean to leave you out down under. I actually order Rotella from Amazon. It gives the UPS driver a reason to stop and our dog absolutely loves him and is very disappointed when he drives by and doesn’t stop.
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My mistake, since the OP is in the US that was what I was speaking to. Didn’t mean to leave you out down under.....
We do have Shell as a petroleum brand, their "servo' (Aussie for service/gas station, as in "you`re not buying her servo flowers are you?" outlets sell oils.
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