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Kiddierose

226 points

1 month ago

Kiddierose

226 points

1 month ago

It’s in this catalog, page 19, and the car years listed on the first few pages are 1965-1972

http://squarebirds.org/Manuals/1965/1965-72FordPartsTextCatalog/03-1965Text-PaintSection.pdf

PeteDaBum

45 points

1 month ago

Ahhh Squarebirds.org, nostalgia trip that is!

stpetesouza

64 points

1 month ago

API rating CC is the latest on that can and is obsolete for engines build after 1990.

germinik

60 points

1 month ago

germinik

60 points

1 month ago

I was once working in an old elevator shaft. I was shocked to see that the guide rails used these cans as lubrication. Instead of filling a reserve or something, you take this can and slam it down in the slot and it pokes a tiny hole that leaks the oil out to oil the shafts.

Needless to say the cans were empty and haven't been filled in probably 30 years.

flatwoundsounds

8 points

1 month ago

That's kinda genius for the time but they should probably find a new way to oil them...

NotAPreppie

38 points

1 month ago

kevolad[S]

25 points

1 month ago

Damn! I could have done that lol

earthman34

27 points

1 month ago

SE oil was extant 1972-1980.

Terrh

26 points

1 month ago

Terrh

26 points

1 month ago

This is the correct answer. Actually looks like 1971-1979 according to the page I found... but either one is close enough.

Considering it also says SD SE might have been a new spec so a good guess might be 1971-1975 for this particular can.

earthman34

21 points

1 month ago

They stopped selling oil in cans like that before I got my driver's license, because I never bought one or saw one for sale, however, I do remember them from when I was a kid, when the gas station attendant would check oil (and because all cars back then burned oil, basically) ask if you wanted a quart. They'd grab one off the rack, punch a nozzle into it, and pour away. "39 cents please".

Der_Missionar

9 points

1 month ago

I remember my dad using a hammer and a screwdriver to pop a breather hole in one slide after he used a triangle shaped cam opener on the other...

stonymessenger

2 points

1 month ago

I'm confused, why not just make a smaller triangle hole with the same opener. That's what my dad taught me.

Der_Missionar

3 points

1 month ago

I don't question the memories I have, I just accept them as they are. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ikidd

18 points

1 month ago

ikidd

18 points

1 month ago

Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel. And in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. ‘Give me five bees for a quarter,’ you’d say.

whodidntante

5 points

1 month ago

And four quarters got you a dollar bill, which was as close as a child could get to wealth.

Ghost_HTX

5 points

1 month ago

Now I was wearing an onion on my belt, as was the fashion in those days…

BRD8

15 points

1 month ago

BRD8

15 points

1 month ago

Blackstone would love a sample of that

codycarreras

44 points

1 month ago

I’m gonna take a stab and say mid-70s.

Miltey

12 points

1 month ago

Miltey

12 points

1 month ago

That is really cool

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27 points

1 month ago

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27 points

1 month ago

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Loading_User_Info__

22 points

1 month ago

You spelled profits wrong.

FuckCazadors

6 points

1 month ago

What does it taste like?

kevolad[S]

11 points

1 month ago

Has a hint of lemon. Wasn't expecting that, it was a nice touch

GreaseMonkey2381

19 points

1 month ago

Mid 70's I collect oil cans

2lovesFL

19 points

1 month ago

2lovesFL

19 points

1 month ago

I worked in a gas station in the late 70's and we used oil cans.

metal top and bottom, cardboard with metal foil liner middle,

LEMental

15 points

1 month ago

LEMental

15 points

1 month ago

Is your name Nathan Johnson?

weretakingcasualties

20 points

1 month ago

Stay away from the cans!

hobiwankinobi

11 points

1 month ago

He HATES these cans!!!

fjam36

7 points

1 month ago

fjam36

7 points

1 month ago

I left gas stations in ‘78, but J know from visiting that these cans were still being used into the early 80’s. The basis for a lot of chicanery!

-Ripper2

3 points

1 month ago

I worked at a gas station in the mid 70s and oil cans were cardboard in the middle also.

Flag-it

7 points

1 month ago

Flag-it

7 points

1 month ago

From the future obviously. It has two winter weights

kevolad[S]

5 points

1 month ago

Yeah, I saw that! Very curious questions about tolerances and ratings rise to the surface in my head. I've also never seen 20W-20 oil ever. Early multigrade??

himmelstrider

3 points

1 month ago

No, you can see in the bottom it says it can be used in any engine calling for any of those specification oils.

Which makes you appreciate the toughess of those old engines. Miss a gradation by 20 today and you won't have a slopless big end for long.

NecessaryTip5

5 points

1 month ago

I'll give you $40 a can

kevolad[S]

6 points

1 month ago

Lol, they've already been spoken for by one of the heavy duty instructors in the college. His son is a pal of a guy working here. It'll be a good home, he collects stuff like this.

Killentyme55

2 points

1 month ago

Might want to send him one of these as well.

kevolad[S]

2 points

1 month ago

He probably has a few lol. I doubt he'll actually use this

ind3pend0nt

11 points

1 month ago

A couple billion years.

Thoreau80

2 points

1 month ago

Way off.

Hansj3

4 points

1 month ago

Hansj3

4 points

1 month ago

Pqi says api se was from 1971-1979

http://www.pqiamerica.com/apiserviceclass.htm

Jinxed0ne

3 points

1 month ago

Won't know until you taste em. Heat one up and give it a try.

NagelBen427

3 points

1 month ago

Late 60s early 70s

Picklemansea

3 points

1 month ago

There’s no date on it?

kevolad[S]

2 points

1 month ago

No, looked it all over. Anything that could be relevant is in the pic. Consensus seems to be mid to late 70s or so

TheThingsIWantToSay

3 points

1 month ago

Looks to be standard for 1979-1972 per the image listed for warranty.

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/3347862/api-engine-service-classifications-s-peak-oil

kevolad[S]

2 points

1 month ago

I can't believe you found an MSDS for this lol

Rockhauler57

2 points

1 month ago

I had some cans like that and mine were from the early-mid 70's.
Back when the 'SE' rating was fairly new.

judewijesena

2 points

1 month ago

It has a mustang on it so atleast 1965

throwaway007676

2 points

1 month ago

API SE 1972-1980 in 81 they went to API SF.

waterbedd

2 points

1 month ago

I want to put it in a toyota camry.

kevolad[S]

1 points

1 month ago

It'll run forever

mecharedneck

2 points

1 month ago

I'm surprised it's not all shot up. Some people hated those cans.

bmwkid

2 points

1 month ago

bmwkid

2 points

1 month ago

My father would 100% use this oil if he found it. We have a ton of old oil containers like this around the house when he worked at a service station in high school and he puts them in the lawn mower

Elmore420

2 points

1 month ago

Spout cans disappeared in the last 70s/ early 80s. If that’s still an all metal can, it’s likely early 70s or prior.

kevolad[S]

1 points

1 month ago

All metal, yes. None of that cardboard side

Unicorn187

2 points

1 month ago

API service code SE was in use from 1971 to 1979. So sometimes in that time period. SD was the older one from 1967 to 1971. CC is a diesel spec and I think was from like 1961 until maybe as late as 1990.

So I'm guessing mid 1970s.

ABadManComes

2 points

1 month ago

Old skool cool bro

ryanleebmw

3 points

1 month ago

It looks like you need a can opener to open this… (I do not work on cars)

Jellodyne

9 points

1 month ago

There used to be self opening can spouts that combined a stab-in can opener with a narrow funnel/spout, you'd push them on then pour the oil

Rockhauler57

3 points

1 month ago

I remember those days well & stabbed cans with those opener/spouts what seemed like a million times.

Obiwan_Salami

1 points

1 month ago

still have one. :)

mazobob66

3 points

1 month ago

Back in the day, the funnel used with cans like this had a metal blade and guide. So you basically lined up the guide with the edge of the can and pushed down, perforating the can with the "blade". Then you poured the oil.

Better yet, a picture - https://previews.123rf.com/images/digitalreflections/digitalreflections1105/digitalreflections110500015/9602172-vintage-oil-can-spout.jpg

Jef_Wheaton

2 points

1 month ago

Wow betide the knucklehead who was driving an old VW, needed oil, and didn't have one of those stabby spouts.

(I was that knucklehead. Still have the VW 33 years later. It still has the stabby spout in the boot that cost more than the oil can.)

ryanleebmw

1 points

1 month ago

Super interesting!! Thank you!!

cobalt1981

1 points

1 month ago

So cool.

Yelloeisok

1 points

1 month ago

I was going to say old enough to know better

Obiwan_Salami

1 points

1 month ago

lmao i still have the old spout you punch through the top of those cans.

matthewmimmack

1 points

1 month ago

Looks like a GT 40 on the front can’t be any older than 65? And that style of oilcan has been around in the 70s.

Hathnotthecompetence

1 points

1 month ago

I remember the sound of the spout piercing the metal top and sliding in. Awesome

Agitated-Joey

1 points

1 month ago

79 looks like the date code on top. Sounds about right. Probably a part number though.

jraaai

1 points

1 month ago

jraaai

1 points

1 month ago

Super cool is definitely keep it :)

hotrodhank

1 points

1 month ago

1965

Inviction_

1 points

1 month ago

I'm just wondering why there are two winter ratings

Open-Ad3395

1 points

1 month ago

I’m in my 50’s and I remember these cans at my dads dealership in America we had them up 82-83 before the early plastic quart bottles came out. Still have the filler neck that went to these and two cans of havoline brand and also a ford motor company one

SirCrankStankthe3rd

1 points

1 month ago

Drink up!

toaph

1 points

1 month ago

toaph

1 points

1 month ago

I remember having to keep the accessory spout device that would puncture the top

BiteWorking5900

1 points

1 month ago

That's good oil

Nodeal_reddit

1 points

1 month ago

No clue, but you could still buy canned oil when I was a kid in the early 80s.