On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:55:14 -0500, Stormin Mormon
It costs no more to keep the top quarter of the tank full than the
bottom tank. There is NO excuse for running out of gas unless you are
driving extremely long distances or in very remote areas, and after
dark or on holidays.
On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:07:36 -0500, "Ralph Mowery"
I'm not in a remote area at all, but it is possible for me to drive
for several days without passing a gas station. I am, however, within
a block of several every day - and there is one 3 blocks, 4 blocks,
and 5 blocks away from home in different directions. Actually, when I
think about it I can get to the airport without passing a gas station
if I try hard enough, and I can get to the office without PASSING one
on the road, but there is one right beside the office driveway, and
another across the street. I can go to the factory without passing a
single one, and if I go from the factory to the airport I can get
there without passing one too. - just.
On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:32:46 -0500, Stormin Mormon
Better than the 2 nuns who ran out of gas a few miles from town, with
only a chamber-pot in the trunk that would hold liquid - so they
walked in to town, put some gas in the chamber-pot and walked back to
the car. As they were pouring the gas from the chamber-pot into the
gastank the local Lutheran minister drove by - and he stopped and
said, "I'm not of your religion, sisters, but I sure do admire your
I know of another really strange one. A guy in Africa, driving down
the road and runs out of gas. He KNOWS there is still some gas in the
bottom of the tank - and he also knows gasoline floats on water, so he
dropped his zipper, whizzed in the tank, and got another 2 or more
miles down the road, to where he COULD buy some gas. He crawled under
the old car (Morris Minor, IIRC) and opened the drain plug to let the
dregs out, then filled up with new gas.
"any port in a storm"
Same guy had a 3 ton Austin diesel truck. When he needed to go to
truck and away he would go. Cheaper to drive the deisel than the car,
but he didn't want to drive the truck everywhere in the city...
In my teenage years, I knew someone who ran out
of gas. The only container I had was washer fluid
jug. I tried filling that at the station. The guy
came running out of the booth, snatched it from
me, and poured the gas back into his station's
fuel tank. He looked rather upset with me.
Gasoline and kerosene in glass bottles was illegal already back in
the early sixties, for sure.
Bulk oil in the glass jars was pretty close to a "memory" in the late
sixties too. Bulk oil at the station I worked at back then was usually
in a metal container that I had to go fill from the bulk tank. Then we
got the plastic containers that were a lot easier to guage how much
oil you had poured out. Those glass containers were becoming
collectors items already back then.
On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:15:06 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Service stations used to lend a gas can to someone for free, but too
many deadbeats didn't return the can and at least in some areas,
cities?, they want a deposit for the can, sometimes way more than the
price of the can. Of course you shouldn't run out of money either, so
that might be okay, but otoh, that's a real service station. IIRC,
some mere gas stations, maybe with a convenience store, don't have a gas
can to lend, deposit or not. Maybe some convenience stores at gas
stations sell them but I don't know.
I don't see a problem with carrying an empty can. Just leave the cap
off when its empty for several days so that most of the gas vapor can
escape. For that matter, carrying an empty anti-freeze bottle or even
a plastic milk carton, a gallon, made of that milky plastic, might be
enough for a one time use. and until then you can use it for other
things, like when I was at Riis Park, I gathered up a gallon of sea
water to keep the snails in that I was also gathering up. Unless you
live in a state where the gas must be pumped by the attendant.
Otherwise, just pump it yourself and what is anyone going to say? You
can't have it, even though you paid for it? You're only going to use
it once and you're probably going to walk to the car.
I'd check to make sure the plastic milk carton doesn't dissolve in
gasoline. I doubt it -- in fact I'm pretty sure I checked at least
one bottle -- but some plastics do. It would be really bad if you get
a ride back to the car and a gallon of gas pours out the bottom of the
bottle on the way.
More things you should know. When the car seems like it's running out
of gas, pull over stop the engine immediately. Leave as much gas in the
car as possible, so that when you add a gallon, you'll have enough to
reach the gas pickup in the tank and drive to a gas station. And don't
try to restart it. Wastes gas. Of course if you're not out of gas and
you assume you are, that's bad too. Never happened to me.
(Maybe this was more important with carburetors. When I didn't do this
with carburetors, I'd have to pour most of the gas in the tank but same
a quarter cup or so to pour down the carburetor. When I turned off the
engine immediately, all I had to do was pour a gallon in the tank.
Maybe someone else knows more about this for fuel injection.)
Recently heard a terrible story of someone priming his engine with
gasoline, blew up in his face. (Of course this could't happen to me
because I was usually alone and had to get back in the car to start the
engine. I think one time I did backfire, set fire to and melt my brand
new foam air cleaner, but that's another story.) Maybe you should
prime the car with starter fluid, in an aerosol can, but then my feeling
is you really have to run to start the car quickly before the ether
disperses. . Although I haven't run out of gas since I've had fuel
injection and haven't' had to find a good place to spray it. .
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