I've done some pretty stupid things, but I think the stupidest one of
all was when the fuel pump failed on my (1955?) Canadian Dodge.
Somehow I got a gallon or so of gasoline in some sort of container.
Then we opened up the hood and pulled the air cleaner off.
After that we drove through Waikiki and all the way home with Yours
Truly laying across the fender, head and shoulders in the engine room,
pouring gasoline down the throat of the carburetor with the driver
sticking his head out of the window to see around the hood.
How I got this far is totally beyond me. Dumb luck, I guess.
Absolutely illegal anywhere in North America for sure - and likely
most of Europe too. Approved RED fuel container only.
Back in 1973/74, over Christmas holidays, I drove from Livingstone
Zambia up to Lusaka, and from there to Ndola in the copperbelt, then
up to Mbreshi at the nothern Zambian border in Luapula provinve. We
had 2 jerry cans of gas with us, and never passed a gas station that
had gas if the tank was below half full after crossing through the
pedicle of Zaire, because you never knew here the next station with
fuel would be. Would have liked to do a bit more touring around the
lake country, but we only had those 2 jerry cans that we could depend
on. We cut it a bit too fine - on the way back south we ran out of
fuel just as we were approaching the village where we had bought our
last fuel on the way north - and we managed to coast up to the pump -
only to find they had run out of gas 2 days ago (likely hours after we
filled up). Fortuanately we only had to wait a few hours before the
tanker showed up to fill their tank, so we were able to fill the tank
and both Jerry cans, and continue on our way (1967 Peugeot 204 wagon).
With EFI, the pump runs for a few seconds when you turn on the key,
and then runs as you crank. Usually best to turn the key on and off
for a few seconds at a time, several times, before attempting to start
after totally running out of fuel.
A high school auto instructor was trying to start an engine in the
shop that had not run for some time. (chevy 230 cu in six) It had a
sticky intake valve. He was pouring gasoline from an open container
into the carb as a student was cranking it over. It backfired, and he
splashed burning gasoline over his arms and chest and also burned his
face. He was off work for about 9 months - and I took over his
position for the last six months of the school year (before leaving to
teach trade school in Zambia)
With carbureted engines I used to have an old gasoline blowtorch -
pump it up for pressure, then shoot a streem of fuel into the carb. If
it backfired and lit, I just shut off the torch (turned the knob) and
no more fuel to burn. Carried it in the old Power Wagon tow truck..
On 2/26/2014 12:22 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Just the fire potential in an accident or the small if it spills.
OTOH, yhou are better not running out as fuel injected cars can be
difficult to start if they run out. I try not to get under 1/4 tank so
the internal fuel pump is also protected.
I would expect to be doused with gasoline if/when I got rear-ended.
Anybody recall the Ford product where people were incinerated in minor
rear-end collisions because Ford's accounting department decided it was
cheaper to settle the lawsuits instead of spending something like $2.89
per vehicle to mitigate the hazard?
On Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:08:28 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
No, that was the Chevy Corvair.
He's talking about the Ford Pinto. I thought they used the bottom of
the trunk to double as the top of the gas tank. If so it made it much
more likely the gas tank would rip apart. Wouldn't that save more than
"Engineers found that the majority of the ruptures were caused by two
factors: 1) the filler neck breaking off and allowing fuel to pour out,
where it could be exposed to an ignition source; and 2) the tank being
penetrated by contact with the differential mounting bolts and right shock
This is where a third successful fix had been devised -- a rather simple
plastic insulator fitted on the differential that would keep the bolts from
ever making contact with the fuel tank. Cost of this item was less than $1.
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