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Old 08-04-2008, 02:08 PM
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Old gasoline: burn it or dispose of it?

Hey folks-

I was surprised I couldn't find more about this by using the search feature, because I know its been discussed before...

In any event, I'll be traveling to Michigan to get my Firebird in a couple of weeks. I haven't driven it since the summer of 2006. At that point I filled the tank.

So we've got a car that needs premium or better fuel with a tank full of 93 that is 2 years old. Holley 3150 carb up front. I'm wondering what to do.

I have a small, hand operated pump. I thought I could pump the fuel into small cans and let people have it for their lawnmowers.

I've also heard about these products that are designed to "restore" fuel. I think at 2 years old it might be on the cusp of complete garbage, but I'm not sure.

My last thought is if I need to just dispose of it, where do you get rid of old fuel?

Thanks guys-

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Old 08-04-2008, 02:10 PM
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Put 1 gal at a time in you car, once a week, until gone.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:01 PM
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Did you add anything to the gas like Stabil or MMO ?
It would help keep the gas fresh.
Just drive it and add some new gas after a few miles.
The gas in the carb should be gone hopefully for easier starting.
Why not come up for the Woodward cruise the 16th of this month.
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Just drive it and add some new gas after a few miles. or drain it and put 1 gal in another car every week.
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You know depending on how many gallons are left, it does evaporate, I would add a couple of cans of Seafoam and see if it starts. If it runs on the old gas then I would top it off with some fresh gas and drive it home......hopefully you'll make it. Good luck....
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Personally, if you need premium, I would NOT use any of the gas, it will be junk. My truck sits for 3 or 4 months and I can smell it! I "tried" to run it once and as soon as I touched the gas pedal, it started pinging and rattling bad! I made it home, (about 3 blocks from where I bought it) and drained it. It STUNK!!!
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I run old gas in the mowers- we have close to 80 gallons of 2 year old gas.. my dad didn't run his boat in the last 2 years, with both tanks near full ( 80 gallon in the belly and a 25 gallon on the side ) we pumped older gas out of the belly tank into 5 gallon cans... even my mower does not like the old gas, I have to run a can of octane booster and a little sea foam just so it will idle ok. My mom recently broke her leg and 1 day I took my rambler to the store ( it's my DD ) to get some bread, fuel level was low enough I should have gotten gas also, well when I got back, it was almost empty.. so I put 4 litres of the old boat gas in it ( filled up a 2 litre bottle 2 times.. using a gas can just does not work with that car ) to get the car to the gas station.. It stalled out from a stop on me 2 times and it just wasn't running good at all.. I filled it up with fresh gas and it ran fine again
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I agree with Jmark, Get it out Killer. I`ve seen what gas turns into after 6 months plenty of times, it will turn into garbage and have crap floating in it that clogs up carb passages as well as fuel filters. I would get all the old fuel out, pour in about 2 gallons of fresh and let it sit several hours then pump that out too, the time in headaches you`ll save cleaning the carb out and changing fuel filters will be priceless. The crap floating in the old fuel is so fine you really can`t see it, but it will clog the idle passages up fast, and everytime you come to a stop it`ll shut off, the throttle response will be crappy, the engine will buck and kick. I been down this road once before, that lesson was all it took. Good Luck Killer.
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THanks for the advice guys. I guess I'm stuck buying some 5 gallon gas cans and getting that crap out. No idea who's going to take all this old gas. Neither of my parents mow their grass and I'm not hauling 20 gallons of crap old fuel across 4 states! Wonder if somebody wants to have a big bonfire?

One thing I thought was maybe I could give it to a junkyard. Just pay them a few bux to dump it into the tank of some wrecked car.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I really do not want to rebuild that carb...

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THanks for the advice guys. I guess I'm stuck buying some 5 gallon gas cans and getting that crap out. No idea who's going to take all this old gas. Neither of my parents mow their grass and I'm not hauling 20 gallons of crap old fuel across 4 states! Wonder if somebody wants to have a big bonfire?

One thing I thought was maybe I could give it to a junkyard. Just pay them a few bux to dump it into the tank of some wrecked car.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I really do not want to rebuild that carb...

K
Where I live the gas tank & wheel/tires must be removed before they'll let the vehicle on there lot for crushing etc. Put a sign by the road ( Discount Gas For Sale)
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my family has a boat that was stored out doors for 15 years...replaced all the rubber lines, 2 filters, mech. pump, and rebuilt the GM 2bbl carb. but 15 years is a bit longer than how long yours was stored. also that boat had 45 gallons of old gas..so it was sad that it stabil wasnt used.
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If the motor needed 93+ octane I would not run that old gas. I would pump it into the 5 gallon jugs and put it by the road. Somebody would probaly steal it. I know some auto parts stores will take old oil and such. Maybe they would know where to put it
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THanks for the advice guys. I guess I'm stuck buying some 5 gallon gas cans and getting that crap out. No idea who's going to take all this old gas. Neither of my parents mow their grass and I'm not hauling 20 gallons of crap old fuel across 4 states! Wonder if somebody wants to have a big bonfire?

One thing I thought was maybe I could give it to a junkyard. Just pay them a few bux to dump it into the tank of some wrecked car.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I really do not want to rebuild that carb...

K
most junkyards will take the gas, 1 near me even sells the old gas, somthing like 50 cents per gallon.
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I run any old gas I have in my old Suburban, a couple of gallons at a time, added just before a fill-up. Diluted in a 30-gallon tank it works OK, and the truck doesn't seem to know the difference. Runs better on that mix than it does on Wal-Mart gas, that's for sure.
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The only way to know is to really check it. I've had gas that smelled like varnish after 3 months and I've also left my boat for over a year and it smelled like fresh gas. Part of the difference there is that the boat had 30 gallons and the other was in a dirt bike with 3 gallons.

Sealed vs vented tank? full vs. almost full? quality of the gas to start with? They all affect how it is. Use your nose and compare it to some fresh gas.

But, the good news is that its very unlikely that its turned into anything damaging. The worst that should happen is that it won't run well. I suggest trying it. If it doesn't run, do like others suggested. Drain most of it and refill with fresh, then burn it off a couple gallons at a time
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