In the early years of the oil industry there was just oil. But engines and things that revolve around each other inside of those engines, such as bearings, camshafts and crankshafts, just seemed to wear out before the owners wanted them to. But, the only choice you had was oil. The prices for these fine pieces of rolling stock seemed to climb higher each and every year. Then in the 1950´s there came the first of a long to follow line of treatments to make your car last longer. You could pour these “ elixirs” into your car´s oil, and they work miracles, making those noisy things under the hood quiet down. These “elixirs” were often hailed as mechanics in a can or snake oil.
The first of these products to ever hit the market was a product designed to enhance/thicken the oil STP. This product was a long chain polymer introduced to thicken oil and keep in place after the engine was turned off. The product was a success until more modern, faster turning and higher temperature type engines began to emerge.
Oil tried to keep pace with the development of these newer internal combustion engines through improving their additive packages, yet there was still a wear factor the consumer was expected to accept, at least until the warranty expired! The real problems encountered weren´t with the oil, but rather our inability to keep our cars lubricated properly. How many times did you let oil changes go beyond the normal recommended oil change period from the manufacturer or let it slip a thousand or so miles here and there? If you are a distance driver of several thousand highway kilometers per year, then you are probably okay. However, most of us worked in cities and driving distances were short with stop and go traffic most of the time, racing from this red light to the next in order to beat those deadlines and get to work on time. This type driving and improper maintenance was the culprit that stole the life of your car´s heart. Sludge built up resulting from additive breakdown caused the rapid demise of your car´s heart, “the motor”.
Transmissions that used to never complain about the way in which we drove, suddenly began complaining and were heard from all over the country. Transmission shops soon popped up faster than the corner convenience store. The problem here again was our inability to listen to those complaints our cars made and have then serviced properly. Of course, you know you were always “ a day late and a pound short”, and expensive shop visits often took precious things from our tables at dinner time, so the car suffered in silence as we ate to our contentment. However, one day this friend of ours, your car, gave up and died, and the repair bill probably melted your your credit card faster then lightening. Too often, the car, refrigerator, lawnmower or even the beloved washing machine, wore out faster than its payment book. So, the dilemma owner´s faced needed to be solved. The fuel crunches that came along in the early 70´s and 80´s also fanned this money fire in the consumers´mind.
In 1975, the first and only” lab and university tested” engine metal ( not oil) treatment to this date was invented by Mr. John Bishop of Texas. This unique product was totally organic in nature and was first introduced under the label, Lubrilon. Since its introduction, many oil and engine manufacturers have tried unsuccessfullyto reverse- engineer this product. To this date, no one has duplicated this formula. In 1978 a marketing firm was established to introduce the product to the consumer through a multi-level type marketing program. However, there were two hurdless to overcome. First, the product needed a catchy name, and secondly, it needed some kind of way to help sell the concept of the product to the consumers. Subsequently, it was decided to use the name Slick-50, to market the product, while the second problem was overcome by using a pinch of TEFLONTM. The TeflonTM was added in minute amounts to sell the concept of the product. Well, the gimmick worked. Sales the first year topped a million dollars, and within three years, sales topped six million in the month of April 1981 alone. The product performed as tested and the TeflonTM moniker sold the concept. It is amazing how the use of TeflonTM added credibility to this product. To understand this concept better, read about the process involved in simply adhering Teflon to your frying pan.
Look Teflon or
Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) up in a dictionary or encyclopedia.
You can easily see the temperatures needed to bond the product to
metal are simply not found in your motor, at least that is, in the
oil related systems. If the oil in your motor was to ever reach
these high temperatures, the oil would refine itself to burnable
fuels. Here is the information from a couple of web sites that show
and explain how Teflon is bonded to your frying pans. You can see
that this process will not work in automotive type mechanical
After the gold hungry rush of “snake oil” salesmen selling Teflon products came others selling many other types of chemistries, and compounds, from Molybdenum, Disulfide, to ZDDP and graphite. Major oil companies at one time or another sold these compounds mixed in their motor oils but discontinued using them because of the build up problems with the rings in a motor. ZDDP is still used todayin small amounts in many motor oils you buy. Along with all of the worms crawling out from every log in the forest trying toscam you with a Teflon product or these other chemistries, came the maggots. They fed off your fears and need to protect your investment and sold you the worst forms of chemistry available to mankind to ever put into a sealed mechanical system: Chlorine.
In the mid 80´s, the
industry took a turn for the worse with the introduction of extreme
pressure additives (EP additives) or cutting fluids to the consumer
market. A wicked web was beginning to be woven. There are numerous
products out there that took the unsuspecting consumer´s money and
still are today. Many use Falex testers, (or better known as one-armed
bandits in the industry) to hawk their wares. Informercials soon
replaced their one-on-one sales techniques, and they were able to
sell millions and millions of dollars worth of these products.
Unfortunately, these products will cause the insides of your motor
to self-destruct. Prolong, Duralube, as well as Motor up, are the
main products being promoted today. Yet the FTC, as well as
Consumers Reports, have had less than glowing reports for these
products. No real testing by industry nor consumer labs have ever
been performed on these chemistries, as they are typically washed
out in the next oil change. See the article by Bob Sikorsky on this
All of the major oil
companies, as well as all of the major manufacturers of engines such
as: Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit, Ford, White Westinghouse,
Chevrolet, as well as many others, know of Mr. Bishop. However,
consumers are totally unaware of this man. Mr. Bishop´s product is
currently being marketed under the private label Bishop´s Original
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