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8 Hot AMSOIL Products for Your Vintage Cruiser

8 Hot AMSOIL Products for Your Hot Rod

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If you’re anything like us, the highly anticipated sights and sounds of hot rods, muscle cars and restomods returning to the open road makes you a bit giddy. It’s a sure sign of road trips, car shows and all things summer.

In honor of the classic car re-emergence of the season, we put together a list of 8 AMSOIL products aimed at keeping those engines humming for decades to come. Hot rod owners spare no time or expense in maintaining their vehicle-babies, which is good for the rest of us because we look forward to seeing them age gracefully a bit more each year.

Break-In Oil

For those installing a new engine in their hot rod, consider starting off on the right foot with AMSOIL Break-In Oil. It’s formulated with zinc and phosphorus anti-wear additives to protect critical components during break-in periods when engine wear rates are highest. It doesn’t contain friction modifiers to allow for quick and efficient piston ring seating, an important aspect of the break-in process to ensure maximum power and engine longevity.

Engine Assembly Lube

As they say, a new engine isn’t built in a day. Partially assembled engines can sit idle for weeks or months at a time. During this process, an engine assembly lube must be applied that will cling to parts and provide wear protection, inhibit rust corrosion and help prevent deposit formation. AMSOIL Engine Assembly Lube handles all of the above.

Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil

AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil was made for hot rods. It is engineered specifically for classic and high-performance vehicles to perform on the street and protect during storage. It features a high-zinc formulation that protects flat-tappet camshafts and critical engine components, along with a proprietary blend of rust and corrosion inhibitors for added protection during long-term storage. It’s available in both 10W-30 and 20W-50 viscosities.

Premium Protection Synthetic Motor Oil – The Original

AMSOIL Premium Protection Synthetic Motor Oil has been around for years and has earned a loyal following thanks to its excellent performance. Hot rod and classic car owners understand the importance of using a high-zinc oil. This product, available in 10W-40 and 20W-50 viscosities, stands as a flagship high-zinc lubricant. It delivers excellent protection for other high-pressure components, like bearings and pistons, to keep engines running peak.

Check out AMSOIL Technical Services Representative Ryan Lawrey’s vintage pickup:

Miracle Wash Waterless Wash and Wax Spray

Most hot rod owners are dedicated to keeping their vehicle’s appearance on par with its performance. For those who wouldn’t have it any other way, AMSOIL Miracle Wash is a must-have in the glove box or trunk. Simply spray and wipe off to lift dirt away from the surface instantly. It leaves vehicles with a super-shiny finish that protects against dust, light dirt and harmful ultraviolet rays.

Gasoline Stabilizer

When it’s time to prepare for storage at the end of the season, AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer is crucial to ensuring your ride is road-ready the following year. Gasoline can degrade in as little as 30 days. Treat your fuel tank prior to parking the vehicle for the winter to help prevent fuel degradation and poor engine performance when it’s time to start it up again in the spring.

DOMINATOR Octane Boost

In the olden days, vehicles were manufactured to run on leaded gasoline. As a result, classic and collector autos often require the use of a lead substitute to preserve the components that were designed for the fuel of days gone by.

AMSOIL DOMINATOR Octane Boost is excellent as a lead substitute in older vehicles. It increases octane up to four numbers, helping reduce engine knock and improve ignition while helping fuel burn more cleanly.

Engine Fogging Oil

Any engine facing storage or lengthy inactivity should be treated with a good dose of Engine Fogging Oil first. Giving the cylinders a shot protects them from rust, corrosion and harmful dry starts when it comes time to fire up the car again the following year.

Speaking of next year, check out our stored vehicle tips before parking your hot rod or classic car at summer’s end.  In the meantime, enjoy the open road with peace of mind that your engine and components are protected by products from a company that’s been making high-quality products since the days when hot rods were rolling off the assembly line.

Three Powerful Aerosols Priced Right

Three Powerful Aerosols Popular in our Store

AMSOIL Mudslinger, Engine Degreaser and Glass Cleaner deliver performance you can see immediately.

Mudslinger

AMSOIL Mudslinger (AMS) provides a protective, non-stick layer of armor against the accumulation of mud, dirt and snow on ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes. It makes removing mud and dirt with low-pressure water easy while protecting against UV rays and keeping equipment looking pristine.

  • Provides a protective layer of armor against mud, dirt and snow
  • Eases clean-up after riding
  • Restores, cleans and shines plastic, fiberglass and painted surfaces
  • Provides a protective layer to counteract the damaging effects of UV rays
  • Pleasant cherry scent

Engine Degreaser

Clean engines not only run cooler and more efficiently, but are easier to work on, look great and improve resale value. AMSOIL Engine Degreaser (AED) is a professional-strength formula packed with powerful degreasing solvents that quickly and easily remove the toughest grease, dirt and grime from engine surfaces. Just spray it on and wash off with water.

  • Removes the toughest grease, dirt and grime
  • Leaves no residue
  • Easy to use
  • Powerful stream
  • Safe on all engine components

Glass Cleaner

AMSOIL Glass Cleaner (AGC) provides a professional-strength formula that effectively cuts through grease and grime faster than other leading glass cleaners. Its foaming action doesn’t run or drip, and leaves no streaks or haze. People are like, “OMG, I didn’t know there was a glass cleaner like this and how is it so cheap?”

  • Quickly cuts through grease and grime
  • Does not drip or run; stays where you spray it
  • Leaves no streaks or haze
  • Ammonia-free and safe on all glass, including tinted windows
  • Works great on countertops, glass, mirrors and appliances

 

Mudslinger, Engine Degreaser and Glass Cleaner are not available in Canada.

Why is there this hard to Flush Slime in my Radiator?

Why is there Sludge or Slime in my Radiator?

Cooling-system issues account for nearly 40 percent of engine failures. Clearly, it pays to take care of your vehicle’s cooling system.

Sludge/slime are one of the common symptoms of larger problems. Left unchecked, it’ll plug the radiator, heater core or fluid passages, resulting in overheating and expensive repairs.

What causes sludge/slime and what can you do about it?

• Additives dropping out – coolant consists of a base (typically ethylene glycol or propylene glycol) mixed with additives and water. The base is primarily responsible for providing freeze and boil-over protection. The additives guard against corrosion, cavitation and scaling. Mixing of incompatible coolants can cause the additives to “drop out” of the solution and form sludge or slime.

• Contaminated coolant – a bad head gasket or cracked cylinder head can allow oil and coolant to mix, resulting in sludge. In vehicles with automatic transmissions, the engine-cooling system also cools the transmission. A breach in the system can contaminate coolant with transmission fluid.

• Corrosion – occurs when an imbalanced coolant chemically reacts with metallic surfaces, forming reddish deposits that can appear as sludge or slime.

Low-quality coolants can lead to cooling-system corrosion.

The only way to definitively identify what’s causing sludge/slime in your radiator is to perform fluid analysis. The report can identify oil, transmission fluid or other contaminants in the coolant. Fix any mechanical defects and flush the cooling system. Refill with a high-quality antifreeze/coolant.

What kind of coolant should I use?

Let’s start with what kind you should avoid.

You’re no doubt familiar with the conventional “green” coolants found at most retailers due to their low price. They contain inorganic salts, such as nitrites, phosphates and silicates.

Inorganic salts deplete quickly – typically in two years or less – and are on the environmental watch list. Once depleted, they are the source of common cooling-system problems, like scale deposits and sludge/slime.

Low-cost “green” coolants are the source of several problems, such as sludge/slime and scale deposits.

For these reasons, most vehicle manufacturers have moved away from inorganic salts for newer vehicles.

And so should you.

Instead, use a high-quality coolant that uses organic-acid technology (known as OATs). OATS coolants are much more robust and longer-lasting. They virtually eliminate drop-out, scaling and compatibility issues inherent to inorganic salts. This type of coolant can be used in a wide variety of applications, even mixing with other coolants as a top-off.

AMSOIL Antifreeze/Coolants

AMSOIL offers three coolants, all of which offer a unique blend of organic acids. We use di-acid technology, which means both ends of the organic acid are active. This makes them work faster and form stronger bonds for enhanced protection.

Diesel Recovery Relaunches

Diesel Recovery Relaunches

Temporarily unavailable over the summer as we explored new package options, AMSOIL Diesel Recovery relaunches in 30-oz. (887-ml) bottles (DRCQT) in the U.S. in late October. The new containers will be available in Canada (DRCQTC) when supplies of the existing container (DRCCNC) are exhausted. The 1-gallon (3.78-litre) bottles (DRC1G) and 55-gallon (208-litre) drums (DRC55) are discontinued.

Gelled Fuel Plagues Diesel Engines in Cold Temps

As the temperature drops, wax naturally found in diesel fuel begins to form crystals. The point at which wax crystals form is known as the cloud point. These wax crystals can eventually clog the fuel filter and starve the engine of fuel, preventing it from starting and can even stall out a running engine.

Diesel Recovery Melts Gelled Fuel

Diesel Recovery quickly melts gelled fuel to allow the operator to start the engine and continue driving with minimal downtime. Diesel Recovery separates the molecular bonds of wax crystals that have agglomerated in diesel fuel. It thaws frozen fuel filters and reduces the need for a new filter, saving money and preventing an inconvenient trip to an auto parts store.

More Premium AMSOIL Diesel Fuel Additives

Diesel Injector Clean (ADF)

  • Cleans dirty injectors
  • Lubricates pumps and injectors to reduce wear
  • Extends fuel-filter life
  • Improves fuel economy up to 8%
  • Restores power and torque
  • Reduces smoke and emissions

 

Diesel Cold Flow (ADD)

  • Lowers cold filter-plugging point (CFPP) by up to 40°F
  • Enhances engine reliability in cold temperatures
  • Fights gelling in cold weather
  • Improves low-temperature startability
  • Prevents wax settling during storage
  • Inhibits fuel-filter icing

 

Diesel Cetane Boost (ACB)

  • Increases cetane up to 7 points
  • Delivers maximum horsepower
  • Increases fuel economy
  • Improves startability
  • Smooths idle
  • Reduces smoke and emissions

 

Diesel All-In-One (ADB)

  • Combines the benefits of Diesel Injector Clean, Diesel Cold Flow and Cetane Boost in one convenient package

Snowshoe GNCC – One of America’s Toughest Races

Snowshoe GNCC – One of America’s Toughest Races

Mud, blood and beer.

From my experience this past weekend in Snowshoe, W.Va., those three words pretty much sum up the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC.

  1. Mud: Class winners often disappear for lengthy amounts of time back to their trailers to clean up for the podium.
  2. Blood: One of the most grueling courses in event history. It’s no wonder racers despise that long drive up to the top of the mountain, even seasoned pros like Kailub Russell.
  3. Beer: There certainly was no shortage. In one of the rowdiest race crowds I’ve ever seen, there was always a beer to be offered and a friend to be made. It made for one of the most entertaining events I’ve been to in quite some time.

 

How it started: The Blackwater 100

In the mid-70’s, a local preacher reached out to promoter Davey Coombs in hopes of putting on a motorcycle race in Davis, W.Va., to draw people and dollars to the area.

Coombs devised a course that began in town and ventured off into the surrounding harsh environment. Finishing just one of the four 25-mile laps was considered an accomplishment.

The Blackwater 100 dissolved in 1993, but Coombs went on to create the GNCC Series, with the Snowshoe event celebrating the Blackwater’s heritage.

A race like no other

Nestled nearly 4,500 feet above sea level, Snowshoe Mountain Resort provided a unique setting for the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC in its 13th year.

Racers lined up in the heart of the village on Snowshoe Drive and started on the asphalt (unique to all other GNCC events). After they left the village, racers traversed down one side of the mountain through rock gardens, massive tree roots and the infamous Howard’s Hole (where you’ll find the mud and the beer) only to climb back up to the other side of the mountain.

This event saw sections of trail that hadn’t been touched since 2008. Coupled with the above-mentioned obstacles, the few miles racers hit on the open ski slopes offered a moment to relax before racers kicked themselves back in gear.

Fans like no other

They call them “Mud Fleas.”

They wait in the wings of Howard’s Hole with their coolers and high spirits. When an ATV or dirt bike rider falls victim to a mud hole, they come to the rescue, freeing them to continue racing. They tell them what lines to take, cheer them on and certainly know how to have a good time.

But, most importantly, they love their state and they love GNCC racing.

In the end, Walker Fowler and his Yamaha took the checkers in the ATV class, while Kailub Russell won the dirt bike class on his KTM.

Be sure to check out our GNCC Snowshoe highlights on our Instagram and our Facebook album for all the sights and sounds #TeamAMSOIL found this past weekend on the mountain.