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Since Ontario has entered Stage 3 reopening, we have rescheduled two events. One in August for the Timbers Family BBQ and the Drive Your Studebaker Day in September. Please remember the restrictions and stay safe.

It is a certainty that every car I see at a cruise or car show is using some type of motor oil. Since becoming more interested in motor oils, I find the decision making process used by my peers, to be so very interesting. 

Some men have all their service and maintenance work performed by someone else and do not know the details of the oil used in their motors. At the other end of the spectrum are the very talented car guys that complete every bit of service on their cars including body work and paint. These later men, however, range all over the map with respect to their oil knowledge.

Let me share the process I used to choose a motor oil. First some background. 

I own two early 60’s VW beetles. These are air-cooled, small displacement, six volt engines in which engine heat is removed via transfer of heat from cooling fins to moving air as well as the transfer of heat from the oil to moving air. The cars are infrequently driven and the stock factory motor had no oil filter. The VW owner’s manual calls for 30W oil in summer and 20W in winter. I don’t drive the cars in the winter so only summer driving conditions are relevant. 

Finding 30W oil was at first not that difficult, yet as modern engines evolved into users of multi-grade 0W-20, it was becoming harder to find. As I recall, only oil viscosity was a consideration when purchasing oil. I was ignorant about motor oil additives and their importance. 

One day a local VW club member described the “zinc” issue to me. I did not understand the issue until I decided to complete some extensive research (mostly internet) . Wow, what an eye opener! 

To my chagrin I found that modern motor oils are not backwards compatible to the era of my cars and after thinking about it, why would they be; modern motor oils are made for modern cars.

My research also informed me that there were many oils claiming to be designed for classic cars but they rarely supported their claims with hard, factual numbers. Phrases such as “high zinc” were common yet the actual concentration (ppm) was absent from the label. I also found a “sub-industry”

which produced “additives” that one could simply pour into motor oil and voila, significant protection against valve train wear was implied. When I learned about the process used in blending additive formulations during the motor oil creation process I knew that just dumping the contents of a small bottle into the oil filler spout of an engine and expecting it to protect my engine was “hope beyond

hope”. For me “additives” were a non-starter. 

I did find, during my internet research, two motor oils that were conceived by car guys and

manufactured by proper, modern, lubrication companies. I found it interesting that these two companies created the same product, but they did it independently, one in the USA and one in Canada.

The American company is Classic Car Motor Oil and the seed of the idea originated from the Indiana Region of the Classic Car Club of America. The oil blender is D-A Lubricant Company Inc., Lebanon, Indiana. In Canada, the company is Collector Automobile Motor Oil Ltd. and the oil blender is BOSS Lubricants, Calgary, Alberta. Both of these companies sell an American Petroleum Institute certified, motor oil designed specifically for collector and classic cars, tractors and stationary engines (common element = flat tappet and infrequent use).

Many men, I have learned, use an oil in their classic ride, that was created for a different type of application. Diesel oil is commonly used in flat tappet engines. Racing oil is also frequently used in classic cars because it has “really” high zinc concentration. Some use fully synthetic oils and actually run the risk of increasing tappet wear due to reduced tappet rotation on account that the oil is too slippery; the tappets actually end up wearing faster. 

Upon the conclusion of my research, I decided that the best oil to use in my cars was an oil designed and created specifically for my application; i.e. a custom blended specialty oil. Was I not asking for trouble by using an oil designed for another purpose, in my cars? 

As a point of clarification, following completion of my oil research, I began immediately, to use the Canadian CAM Oil in my cars. In fact I was so pleased with the oil that I became the Ontario representative as I am located in Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario, Canada. 

I am now very comfortable knowing I am using an oil suited exactly to my application.

Peace of mind.


Hank Blommers

Ontario Representative, Collector Automobile Motor Oil Ltd.

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Collector Automobile Motor Oil Ltd. is in no way affiliated with the US Classic Car Motor Oil

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Here is an update to Studefest 2017 and more info on our Events page for contacts and motel information.  It is being held in Cobourg. Host Hotel is the Lotus Motel - rooms starting at $75+ depending on size. Phone motel prior to 31st of March to get the event rate and indicate you are with the Ontario Chapter. Events during the weekend to include a visit to Greer Restoration and the Fireman's Museum in Port Hope. If you plan to go then contact your Hosts, Bob & Rose Suszek. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Ontario SDC, SDC and Studebaker fans out there on the Internet.


If you have a Hamilton, Ontario Built 1949-1955 Studebaker Pickup then you may be interested in hearing that Shawn and Ed’s Brewing Company is looking to have one on display at their Dundas Brewery. They would prefer it to be rust free but will restore if necessary.  It must be a Canadian built Studebaker truck which has the proper VIN plate from Studebaker of Canada. Here’s the e-mail and if you have one or know of one that maybe for sale give Shawn a call.

Keep on Trucking with a Studebaker!

Will Norton – Ontario SDC

Good morning Will,

My name is Shawn Till.  I am about to open a new craft brewery in Dundas, Ontario called Shawn and Ed’s Brewing Company.  The brewery is inside an old skating rink built around the 1880’s, and we are trying to feature much of the history of Hamilton/Dundas in the retail part of the building.

I know that the Studebaker plant in Hamilton assembled pick-up trucks in the early 1950’s, and I would like to put one inside the retail part of the building on permanent display.  I have been looking for one for about 9 months, but haven’t found one yet.  I was hoping you might ask your membership if anyone might know where one might be, or if someone might be willing to sell one. I am a classic car guy myself, I am in the middle of restoring a 1929 Chrysler Model 75 roadster

Appreciate any help with this.


Shawn Till


(571) 251-9031

Ontario Chapter SDC Xmas Luncheon

Time:  1 – 3 pm – November 28st, 2015

Location: Swiss Chalet, 85 Dalton Ave, Kingston, Ontario  

Come and all to our annual Xmas Event for 2015.  It’s located at the Swiss Chalet which always has great food and hospitality. We have arranged for you to choose your meal off the regular menu. All meals are reasonably priced and won’t break the bank. If you intend on coming please phone or leave a message for Will Norton at 613-777-5314 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NLT 21th of November . Let us know how many persons are coming and no money needed up front, just show up, have a good time and pay your bill at the end.  Dress is casual and we have a separate section of the restaurant set aside for our own enjoyment. If you plan on staying the night there are lots of motels in Kingston area.

Directions: – Take Hwy 401 to Kingston Exit 617 and head south for 500 metres until you reach Dalton Ave. Take a right turn on Dalton Ave and just on your right is Swiss Chalet. We are having our Xmas Luncheon in the “Roost” so just make a left just inside the door.

See you there!


Come one and all to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is being held at the Quality Inn in Peterborough on 04 Oct 2015. It will be the same hotel that we are using as our host Hotel for 2015 Maple Leaf Tour. Current members and other Studebaker owners along with persons interested in Studebakers are all welcome to attend. The AGM starts at 12 PM (NOON) sharp but the doors will be open at 11 AM and we have arranged to have complimentary coffee and donuts/muffins.

If you plan on nominating anyone for the Roy Graham award then I need your nomination NLT the 9th of September to allow time for the committee to review all nominations and arrange for the plaque/award. We hope to make the presentation during the AGM. Take note that this is not an election year so not to worry about voting but just come and have a pleasant time with your fellow Ontario Chapter members and learn first hand what we have planned for 2016.  Also a good time to see if you wish to hold an event in your area as we do have open months on next year’s calendar.  For more info on this event contact Will Norton at 613-777-5314 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hope to see you there in your Studebaker!

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The Quality Inn is located at 1074 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough, ON K9J 1Z9


Have you registered for the 2015 Maple Leaf Tour in Peterborough? We have provided a convenient form below so you can pre-select meals as our food providers are small family restaurants and can't handle order-off-the-menu for a group our size. They really need a pretty good idea of numbers. Plan to arrive by early Friday after-noon and I will take a group to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Museum about 2 p.m. This is a small but very well done diorama of the Canadian ecological zones along with artifact display rooms. It is a few minutes drive from the hotel and costs $5 each. We will leave Friday dinner as your option. There are many restaurants within walking distance and all the menus will be at our registration table. The Saturday driving tour has been reversed to better suit a presentation. We will leave the hotel by 9 a.m. to arrive at Petroglyph Parks by 10.

Admission to Petroglyphs Park: Per Vehicle: $14.50, Seniors $11.50, Disabled $7.25. (Unfortunately, there is no staging area to pack everyone into three cars.) 

They have an excellent new Visitor Centre which includes a 20-minute introduction on film and many interesting displays. The glyphs themselves are now under a huge glass structure as protection from weathering. At 11 a.m. a park ranger will interpret the meaning of the figures but the message itself is not specific — you fill in the details according to your own beliefs. Our scheduled ranger has First Nations blood and is very informative. This is an active religious site and is used regularly by the Elders and Members of the Curve Lake First Nation, who are worthy to walk among the words of the Ancestors. We are restricted to the surrounding walk-ways. The day we visited, the stone altar and offerings remained from a previous ceremony. Lunch will be at Honey's Diner in Greater Metropolitan Woodview, a very good family eatery which is licensed. Please select from the special menu items listed on the registration form below. We will visit East of Eden, a rambling antique shop housed in various buildings including a former church. Michael has a collection of old trucks on the grounds but is not restoring them. East of Eden and Honey's Diner pretty much make up Woodview. 

We’ll return along the east bank of the Otonabee River an d Little Lake. For Saturday dinner we have selected The Pizza Factory which is actually Greek, a long-time Peterborough favourite a few doors from the hotel. Fixed price of $21.95 plus/plus includes soup or salad, garlic bread, choice of 2 or 3 desserts and table beverage. Again, this is a family run eatery so we have a limited menu: chicken Parmesan (2 breasts) with roast or f.f. potato, Greek fish (sole stuffed with crab) on rice with potato, or penne with broccoli and smoked ham in Alfredo sauce topped with Mozzarella and cheddar. Please make your choice on the registration form. They are seriously good! 

Hotel is the Quality Inn, 1074 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough. (705) 748-6801/1-877-316-9949/ 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   We have 20 rooms on hold until Sept. 1 at $79. per night. Price includes break-fast and reserved Studebaker parking. Please advise of any special needs.


NAME(S) _________________________________________________________ 

VEHICLE TO EXPECT _____________________________________________ 

SATURDAY LUNCH: Fish ‘n’ Chips - Small $6.99_____ Large $9.99 _____ 

Shepherd’s Pie - Small $10.95_____ Large $13.95 ______ 

Soup ‘n’ Salad $11.45 ______ 

SATURDAY SUPPER: Chicken Parmesan __ Greek Fish __ Penne ___ 

Our Registration fee (enclosed) at $5.00 per person: $___________ 


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Verne Brinsmead, 1019 Mulberry Lane, Minden, ON K0M 2L1

Come one and all to our annual Spring Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 2nd at 11 am. This year it’s being held back at the Wheeler’s Pancake House and Sugar Camp located near the village of McDonald’s Corners northwest of Perth.

For members who want to go as a group, meet at the Gas Sta-tion & General Store at the junction of Hwys 38 & 7 in Sharbot Lake at 10 am. It’s first-come, first-served at Wheeler’s so there’s no need to book a seat but if you intend to go or need directions, please contact Will Norton by phone at 613-377-6074 after April 4th or email anytime at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, feel free to check out their website at:

Final call for the Maple Leaf Tour, October 3 to 5 in Orillia! Hotel bookings are rolling in, so arrange a room at the Eco-nolodge, 1-877-326-6534. 21 rooms are on hold until Sept. 15 and cancellation is accepted up to 4 pm on day of arrival.

For the Friday afternoon crowd, I will do a foot tour of the Orillia waterfront and historic downtown. Walking shoes are advised but it will not be a long route — likely a square three blocks on each side taking perhaps two hours. Meet at the waterfront parking lot, at the foot of Tecumseth Street at Centennial Drive. In case of rain, we will visit the OPP Museum on Memorial Avenue instead. Park on the entry circle or in the compound on the opposite side of the street. This is a small facility and is free but will likely take an hour.

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