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Old 03-11-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Worse still, is the damage it does to the components after it absorbs the water (condensation) that is inherently in all fuel.

I hope it doesn't relegate this to being just a lawn ornament (never was big on trailering a car to a show).
Nice Ride!!! I like the matching license plates! Very cool!
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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drool....
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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Thanks guys. Next month will mark thirty-two (32) years that I've owned that car. Purchased on April 1st, 1978, using my income tax return as 25% + of the total asking price.

Those were the days...
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Thanks guys. Next month will mark thirty-two (32) years that I've owned that car. Purchased on April 1st, 1978, using my income tax return as 25% + of the total asking price.

Those were the days...

Just a note, here in Florida, you can buy non-ethynol gas at the Marinas. The ethynol gas plays havoc on boat engines. In MD you cant buy non-ethynol gas anywhere that I know of.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Paradise
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Thanks for the tip. The extra expense may be worth it, versus the cost of repairs. With a 28 gallon tank, I shouldn't have to make too many trips there.

There's a racetrack (Desoto Speedway?) somewhere out near the area we've been looking (Bradenton/Parrish, East of I-75), and they may sell (leaded) high octane racing fuel onsite. Anyone know?

Although, there's a convenience store right down the road from us here (Holland, Ohio) that sells Sunoco leaded (110 octane?) but it's labeled for "off road use only". As if that isn't enough of a deterrent, the last price I saw (last summer/season) was $6.50/gal!

But, whatever it takes to keep these babies (3 X Weber 45 DCOE) happy...

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Old 03-12-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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You may need to fill it with 5 gallon gas cans. I'm not sure what the law is here in Florida. I hope you can work something out. I know the damage that can be done. There should be some law regulations that for cars manufactured before . . . date, that they be allowed to sell gas that doesn't have ethynol. The ethynol deteriorates older type gaskets, not just damage that the water causes. I'm sure you know that. Good Luck

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Thanks for the tip. The extra expense may be worth it, versus the cost of repairs. With a 28 gallon tank, I shouldn't have to make too many trips there.

There's a racetrack (Desoto Speedway?) somewhere out near the area we've been looking (Bradenton/Parrish, East of I-75), and they may sell (leaded) high octane racing fuel onsite. Anyone know?

Although, there's a convenience store right down the road from us here (Holland, Ohio) that sells Sunoco leaded (110 octane?) but it's labeled for "off road use only". As if that isn't enough of a deterrent, the last price I saw (last summer/season) was $6.50/gal!

But, whatever it takes to keep these babies (3 X Weber 45 DCOE) happy...


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Old 03-12-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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I've got twin I/Os in my boat, and so far (knock on wood) haven't had any issues with E10. I use a 30 gallon gas caddy to fill the tanks (saves about $150 per fill-up vs buying fuel at the marina). Hopefully there's no long-term engine damage up ahead.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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I've got twin I/Os in my boat, and so far (knock on wood) haven't had any issues with E10. I use a 30 gallon gas caddy to fill the tanks (saves about $150 per fill-up vs buying fuel at the marina). Hopefully there's no long-term engine damage up ahead.
Many of the new model boats and engines have been designed to handle E10 gasoline, but almost all of the older models haven't. My boat isn't supposed to have a problem, but I had one of the better gas filters installed that is recommended for them. A few of my neighbors lug the 5 gallon gas caddies to his boat regularly to fill it up. I on the other hand like the convienience and so I just pull up and fill up, and spend the extra money. I think it is a good idea to fill it up everyonce in a while, it forces out all the air and increases the gas to water ratio - I guess.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:14 PM
 
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Max's is the only station in Sarasota I know of too. Please keep your an eyes open and keep this forum updated if anyone finds another one.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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I can into Max's cause I live right next to there, and saw they were advertising on my fill up, the funny thing was they just told me about it, and I just tried on a whim, the only downside of Max's is they only provide 90 octane non-ethanol gasoline.

The price is higher too, last fill up was $3.30 a gallon 20-30 cents more than their 93 octane mixed, but honestly I drive from Sarasota to Orlando and back quite frequently, and I noticed HUGE mileage changes from ethanol gas vs regular non blended gasoline.

When I used to travel back and forth every weekend few years ago, I would go through quarter tank of gasoline each way (144 mile trip) and I noticed I was going through about 30-35% of my tank on a 1 way trip in the recent months, I just figured my car was getting old and didn't think much of it.

I drive a 1998 Toyota Camry with 150k miles on it, I maintain it mostly myself besides bigger jobs like timing belt changes and what not, everything is taken care of well, and once I tried 90octane regular my gas mileage went back up again. Needless to say as long as they sell it I'll be going back there.
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