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#4620157 - 12/31/17 10:08 PM Found a long lost stash.
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Registered: 06/09/10
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Loc: Australia
Have you ever stashed some surplus oil away and forgotten about it? A few weeks ago I found some jugs of this Calibre stuff (which was like a "house brand" at a local parts store here) stashed away under the house. I can't even remember when I bought it, but I know that this brand hasn't even been sold here for many years! shocked I guess it must be close to 10 years old.

I've already used some of it at my last oil change a few weeks ago, put it in the wife's Prius. I was a bit worried at first because the outside of the jugs were pretty dusty and dirty, but I sponged them down first up and then when I took off the cap the tops were still sealed (air tight) with like a plastic and foil membrane. So all good I think.

No oil tests done, but I've already run a few thousand km on this oil over the Christmas period and are perfectly happy with it. Engine is smooth and quiet, and the oil consumption so far has been way lower than the last oil change when I ran a Penrite "Enviro + GF5" fuel economy oil.





Edited by uart (12/31/17 10:21 PM)

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#4620177 - 12/31/17 10:38 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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I am sure it is still fine
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#4620188 - 12/31/17 10:56 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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SM, ooh good. Plenty ZDDP for some flat tappet cam project laugh
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#4620189 - 12/31/17 10:57 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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Registered: 10/25/12
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If you find a long-lost stash of this stuff, lose it again.


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#4620196 - 12/31/17 11:30 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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Registered: 12/15/06
Posts: 14
Loc: Greer, South Carolina
This wasn't your typical store brand oil, either.

Caltex (a joint venture between Chevron and Texaco dating back to the 1930s, long before their recent merger) made this oil, in Australia. It was good stuff and still is, although the Caltex Australia division has been sold off by ChevronTexaco to Australian shareholders as of 2015. I'm not sure if the Calibre brand still exists now. It may have just disappeared, like so many things.

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#4620201 - 12/31/17 11:58 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: scionxa]
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Registered: 09/21/10
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: scionxa
This wasn't your typical store brand oil, either.

Caltex (a joint venture between Chevron and Texaco dating back to the 1930s, long before their recent merger) made this oil, in Australia. It was good stuff and still is, although the Caltex Australia division has been sold off by ChevronTexaco to Australian shareholders as of 2015. I'm not sure if the Calibre brand still exists now. It may have just disappeared, like so many things.


You will find individual reports on both upstream and downstream but some serious regional money made by Caltex (Chevron) is about Indonesia ~ has been for a long time

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#4620224 - 01/01/18 12:58 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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A3/B4 as well. Older version of it but still would have decent TBN and HTHS. Wonder how much it cost back then?
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#4620225 - 01/01/18 01:01 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: KL31]
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Originally Posted By: KL31
A3/B4 as well.


That's the first thing I looked for.

I'd run it in anything I currently own.
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#4620264 - 01/01/18 03:25 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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Loc: Tasmania, Australia
That was good oil - I used to use that exact one in my Ford Focus, some 10 or 12 years ago. I wish it was still available, it was good stuff, and cheap!
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#4620286 - 01/01/18 06:09 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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Didn't API SM start about 2010? Should be at most 8 years old smile
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#4620306 - 01/01/18 07:07 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: shanneba]
uart Offline


Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 739
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: shanneba
Didn't API SM start about 2010? Should be at most 8 years old smile


Yeah, I was just going through some old threads to try and figure out when this brand was discontinued, and I think it was as late as 2012/2013, so not as old as I first thought.

I think I stashed these away at least a year or two before they were discontinued though, probably about 2010/2011. So yeah, probably only about 7 years old. I had totally forgotten about them though.

This stuff was good oil too, Caltex/Havoline C3 5w30 rebadged and sold for a pretty good price as a "house brand" at a local parts store. They used to do the same with Caltex Delo as well. Too bad that they discontinued it. Still I've got enough to easily see me through 2018 now. smile


Edited by uart (01/01/18 07:08 AM)

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#4620352 - 01/01/18 08:36 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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I'd expect lower consumption with an A3/B4 than with an ILSAC GF-5.
The grade might be the same, but this oil has much higher HTHS.
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#4620404 - 01/01/18 09:42 AM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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Old oil recovered looks like this....

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDMyOQ==/z/pkMAAOxydlFSsTL7/$_3.JPG?set_id=2

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#4620833 - 01/01/18 04:30 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: uart]
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 4531
Loc: Down Under
Great find !!
A full synthetic 5W30 made by Caltex (Chevron) that is API SM & ACEA C3 in a foil sealed bottle. I like the size too, 5.5 L, a bit extra for top ups.

They should bring that stuff back with updated specs and at a decent price like before.
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#4620992 - 01/01/18 06:32 PM Re: Found a long lost stash. [Re: KL31]
uart Offline


Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 739
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: KL31
A3/B4 as well. Older version of it but still would have decent TBN and HTHS. Wonder how much it cost back then?

Can't remember exactly, but I think it was somewhere around $45 to $50 for the 5.5L jug, and because SCA regularly have 20% off store wide sales I always picked it up for under $40.

Back then it was even better value because 5W30 oils were still not real popular around here so there weren't so many options or good priced deals in that grade. Back then Castrol and Shell 5w30 full synths were up in the $70 to $80 range (per 5L), and Mobil-1 over $90.

Yeah I was really bummed out when they discontinued this stuff.


Edited by uart (01/01/18 06:39 PM)

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