About Brad Penn Oil

Under new governmental emission control regulations, the anti-wear additive ZDDP (zinc­dialkyl-dithiophosphate) and a related family of similar zinc-salt additives (ZnDTP or ZDP and others) are being severely reduced in the newest passenger car engine oil so that the zinc and phosphorus will not damage new catalytic converters.

Ben Deutschman of the Slant Six Club of New York and New Jersey wrote that while the lack of ZDDP is probably not a critical issue for well-worn engines, it is a serious problem for newly rebuilt ones. He suggested using additives from Studebaker Technical Products (STP) or others to compensate for the lack of ZDDP, especially if you have a newly rebuilt engine. He also pointed to the importance of re-lubing in a rebuild.

Brad Penn History
In 1997,  American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG), a privately held energy company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, purchased the Kendall/Amalie refinery located in Bradford, PA, from Witco Corporation.  As a result of the sale by Witco of the Kendall and Amalie brands to a third party, a new name was given to the products produced at the site in Bradford; Brad Penn Premium Pennsylvania Grade Lubricants.  (Brad Penn – Bradford Pennsylvania…. Get it?)

American Refining Group’s Bradford, PA refinery is the home of “The Green Oil” that racers, engine builders and enthusiasts alike have all come to know and love.  The unique green color and outstanding performance of Penn Grade 1 High Performance Oils set them apart from the competition.

The unique base oil gives Penn Grade 1 oils exceptional film strength.  This unique base oil causes Penn Grade 1 to cling tenaciously to engine parts to minimize wear during high engine torque loading and/or periods of heavily stressed operation such as those experienced during competition.  This same oil cling helps prevent dry-start conditions to minimize wear even after the engine has been sitting idle for extended periods.

Brad Penn Penn Grade 1 High Performance Oils also contain highly effective detergent and dispersant additives to guarantee exceptional engine cleanliness as well as oxidation and foam inhibitors that offer protection against thermal degradation and air entrainment.

In addition to the unique base oil cut, increased concentration enhanced levels of “zinc” (zinc dialkyldithiophosphate a.k.a.ZDDP) provides outstanding anti-wear/anti-scuffing protection for engines employing either ‘flat tappet’ or roller cams.  Brad Penn Grade 1 High Performance Oils have been evaluated by a number of premiere camshaft manufacturers with tremendous success.  Many are now recommending Penn Grade 1 High Performance Oils to provide outstanding protection for their ‘flat tappet’ or roller cams.
—Roger Mallinckrodt