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RE: Biodegradeable Oil
From: William Elliott
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 3:15 PM
Subject: re: Biodegradeable Oil
<<No disrespect to our Green Friends in Europe, but no one over
mentioned using any biodegradeable oil, so I can only guess that
cost killed these oils, or, they did not offer sufficient protection
engine, in which case, the engine would end up polluting worse than
it ran dino or synth.
Anybody know different?>>
I'm not sure... and it's been a long time since anybody's discussed
I'll take a stab.
My understanding is that a lot of pre-war oil in Europe was
that Castrol got its name from the "caster oil". That's why the
early British race cars is sometimes referred to; they were burning
The part I do know for sure: This stuff is still available today as
I think it's only modern application is motorcycle shock oil. I was
it in lever shocks on a MG I used to autocross. It significantly
the shocks, but looked stock.
Why did it die? I assume oil got cheaper to produce and was refined
to the point that it was very superior in performance.