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#3431363 - 07/21/14 04:26 PM Old auto fluids, What do you recognize?
Scott_mi Offline


Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 175
Loc: Michigan
Cleaning out my grandma's house as she's been moved into nursing home facility. Found this stuff, figured I'd post it up. Might be interesting to see who recognizes any of it and maybe provide some years...just for curiosity.

Only date I've seen so far is the Preston that says "results of 1985 survey" but as far as I know they could still be using that. Then there's the mystery white bottle.

Coolant additive bottles are full but no seal. White bottle full with seal. both 2 cycle oils are full, unopened. National Dex II full and sealed.







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#3431369 - 07/21/14 04:31 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 10042
Loc: Middlesex County CT
White bottle is power steering fluid; that is my guess.

Thanks for taking the time.
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#3431416 - 07/21/14 05:13 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 26903
Loc: ME
Blows my mind how much metal we locked up in cans. I remember when gas line antifreeze was 25 cents for a plastic bottle of methanol-- that stuff was 57 cents!

Yeah plastics use oil but dang! The transportation costs on those cans...

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#3431427 - 07/21/14 05:24 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 8793
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Thanks for sharing.
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#3431444 - 07/21/14 05:55 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: eljefino]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Middlesex County CT
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Blows my mind how much metal we locked up in cans. I remember when gas line antifreeze was 25 cents for a plastic bottle of methanol-- that stuff was 57 cents!

Yeah plastics use oil but dang! The transportation costs on those cans...


Metal? How about glass bottles for soda?
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#3431454 - 07/21/14 06:03 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
Bluestream Offline


Registered: 09/13/03
Posts: 4561
Loc: Waterloo, ON
Brake fluid should still come in metal cans and it would have more than a 5 year shelf life..
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#3431463 - 07/21/14 06:13 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 36226
Loc: New Jersey
None of that is that old.

Like the old kmart can.

Thanks for posting the pics!!

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#3431464 - 07/21/14 06:13 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
splinter Offline


Registered: 07/01/13
Posts: 655
Loc: Newport Beach, CA
Sorry to hear about your grandmother. btdt

Yikes, that rusty can of Prestone brake fluid may be hygroscopic. smile
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#3431537 - 07/21/14 07:27 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
morris Offline


Registered: 08/24/08
Posts: 3681
Loc: ks, wichita
where is the Marvel Mystery Oil?

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#3431614 - 07/21/14 08:34 PM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: splinter]
Bluestream Offline


Registered: 09/13/03
Posts: 4561
Loc: Waterloo, ON
Originally Posted By: splinter
Sorry to hear about your grandmother. btdt

Yikes, that rusty can of Prestone brake fluid may be hygroscopic. smile


Air permeates plastic containers, not metal ones...
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#3431951 - 07/22/14 07:11 AM Re: Old auto fluids, What do you recognize? [Re: Scott_mi]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 8564
Loc: Rochester NY
I still have some Atlas/ESSO Dexron ATF(pre DexII), in the 1 pt. copper cans from my DAD's ESSO/Exxon gas station from the 1970's.
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