I grew up as a kid hearing about Carlisle through articles in magazines like Mustang Monthly where I got to read about this great event but couldn’t attend because I lived in Colorado. A really quick history…it was started in 1974 by Chip and Bill Miller who rented out the fairgrounds to put on a car show. Each year it gained popularity, then in 1981 they purchased the fairground, and it’s just kept getting better and bigger. The latest information shows that Carlisle Events brings $97 million annually into the local area.
I remember seeing the pictures of the swap meet and car show and I just knew that someday this would have to be a must-do event. Many, many years later we moved to Pennsylvania and this opportunity was at the top of the to do list. It didn’t disappoint, and became a yearly tradition. I’ve been able to meet some great people there and find parts that I wouldn’t have been able to find anywhere else. I was able to attend the 50th for the 1967 Shelby and this year I’m really excited to be a part of the Shelby 60th! I’ll see you there the first weekend in June!
It has been a few years since I had changed the antifreeze in the 2011 Shelby and even though I hadn’t put a lot of miles on it for less than $50 I figured I should go ahead and do it. I went down to the local dealer and asked for the “specialty Orange concentrate” like I had done in the past. I got a bit of a strange look and he said he would be back. When he did those infamous words came from his mouth; we hate to hear “discontinued”. He advised that it’s been replaced with Yellow. The service manager says it should be okay to mix with Orange but suggests not and full flush is recommended. So the research begins…
I ran into this with our 2011 Explorer. It had the Mazda green but it was discontinued, however the manual also listed the Orange so I switched to that. My goal is to make it simple and easy - I did the research and looked at the Ford service bulletins which involve P-OAT, OAT, etc. If you need the specifics there is a great YouTube video from FordTechMakuloco on Ford’s new Yellow P-OAT coolant.
Yellow is better than Orange. It can be mixed with the Orange directly and basically has better cooling and lubricating properties and was created because of the internal water pumps on the newer engines. It does not need to be flushed out. FYI - it can also be then mixed with Green if that is a concern for you.
I’m curious -
What coolant have you been running?
What parts or products you rely on have been “discontinued” and what did you choose as a replacement?
First blog post, I feel like a writer starting a novel trying to figure out how to start. Only a few years ago I didn’t know what a blog really was and maybe still don’t fully understand it. I’m far from any kind of writer (as most who end up following this effort will soon discover) I guess I feel the need to answer the question why I started the Shelby and Mustang Enthusiasts of Indiana. I started SME in hopes of bringing like-minded people together to help one another and gather.