Tag Archives: fuel

    • How to Make your barn or garage find road-worthy- Part One Assessing the Vehicle

      In the past 5-10 years the buzz words in the automotive hobby are "barn finds" or "garage finds" and "picking". This is just a car guy or gals way of explaining automotive treasure hunting. The dream is to find an untouched car or parts that's been stashed away and forgotten in a barn, garage, yard, etc. and you pull it out and put it back into use. There's practically an entire subculture in the classic car world dedicated to this with shows like American Pickers, Chasing Classic Cars, Backroad Gold, etc making it look like an easy process. I've been doing this sort of thing for quite a while and it can be as easy as knocking on a door and handing over a stack of cash, but the process to make these cars and parts usable again IS NOT. Any car that's been sitting for more than a few years is going to need a LOT of work to get it ready to cruise the streets again. Not only that, there are some key steps you should take to avoid causing damage to the vehicle when trying to get it going.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • Building a Fuel Cell Cradle and Feeding Pile House with Fuel

      Lately I've changed gears on Pile House and I've decided to start working on getting Pile House moving under its own power. I decided to order up a plastic fuel cell from Jegs first. Once I began test fitting it at a few different spots on the chassis it was obvious that the only place I could fit it under the bed was behind the rear axle.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • E15 Ethanol Fuel Is On The Way To Your Gas Station

      Many cars can only use fuel with 10% ethanol or less. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

      Just when we were getting used to E10 automotive fuel (up to 10% ethanol added to gasoline), a recent EPA ruling that will require increased use of ethanol means that E15 fuel will eventually be showing up at your neighborhood gas station.

      As a recent Forbes Magazine article stated, "The Energy and Security Act requires that a certain amount of 'renewable' fuel must be introduced into the market each year, an amount that will rise to 36 billion gallons in 2022. EPA regulations identify petroleum refiners and importers as “obligated” parties to bring this about. The only way to meet this arbitrary quota is to add more ethanol made from corn to the mix...an additional 7 billion gallons annually."

      E15 fuel is appropriate only for 2001 and newer passenger vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles. But what if every gas station you drive by in your classic car has only E15 fuel? And how will it affect your current daily driver?

      The Forbes article gives us 10 reasons to care about this issue.

      1) Ethanol yields lousy and expensive gas mileage.
      2) E15 may nullify your car warranty.
      3) E15 approval violates EPA’s own Clean Air Act statute.
      4) Ethanol plays havoc with boat engines and fiberglass gas tanks.
      5) The alcohol wrecks small engines.
      6) The ethanol mandate raises your food costs.
      7) Ethanol affords absolutely no net energy benefit.
      8) The mandate is environmentally destructive.
      9) Ethanol produces even more greenhouse gases than gasoline.
      10) E15 mandate exemplifies out-of-control government.

      For more of the details behind these 10 reasons, read the complete Forbes Magazine article here.

      Also, learn more about how to counter the effects of ethanol by clicking here.

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