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Hi Brad,

    I was wondering if you could get me the firing order on a 1950 Packard Straight eight also the meaning of (10-30) motor Oil?


The oil viscosity rating 10-30 is actually 10W-30. It means that the oil will pour when cold as a straight 10 designated oil. The second number, in this case the 30 means that the oil will stand up to the hammering and heat of a hot engine like a 30 oil.
The firing order for that engine is 1-6-2-5-8-3-7-4 with number one being closest to the radiator or front of car.

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Brad Sears


All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.


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