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What to do when ethanol is the only gas available?
« on: May 06, 2010, 10:44:33 AM »
hi, my friend own an 80's Mitsu Lancer, and since it's old and i heard that in June Blaze will be e10 already what can my friend do. Is there a conversion kit for carburated cars to comply with e10?

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Re: What to do when ethanol is the only gas available?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 01:56:31 PM »
hi, my friend own an 80's Mitsu Lancer, and since it's old and i heard that in June Blaze will be e10 already what can my friend do. Is there a conversion kit for carburated cars to comply with e10?
                      The carb is the least of your worries.
                     10% is still ok for carburated engines. Engine performance won't be a
                      problem also.   However, your first problem  would be the dirt
                     in your tank, fuel lines, up to the carb. Ethanol has a very strong cleaning capability and
                     it will clean everything in the fuel system.  Maybe the first thing to do is clean your tank.
                     (I mean clean thoroughly) If not the e10 will remove all those dirt and rust and to your
                      filter.  Then make sure the fuel cap is new or at least the gasket seals the tank.
                      The enemy of e10 is moisture.  Ethanol or other alcohol mixes with water unlike
                      pure gasoline. So, if your tank is susceptible to moisture or water, it will be a
                     problem.  Next is to monitor the condition of your fuel filter.  There might still be dirt
                      left in your tank.  Next, try to check if there is a wire mesh-like strain inside the carb
                      located just after the inlet.  In due time, the e10 will destroy this and you will have to
                      replace or totally just remove this. Anyway, it serves a very small purpose.   Next, don't
                      park under the hot sun to prevent vapor lock.  You will have a hard time starting the car
                      after parking under the hot sun.

                      In the 70's, the government used our province as a guinea pig for its Alcogas project.
                     All gas stations sold Alcogas (Gasoline with 10% alcohol) and we had no choice.
                     My car was a Mitsubishi Colt with a 1600 Saturn engine. Here's what we did to
                      get pure gasoline:

                     1.  Place the Alcogas inside a big jug or container.
                     2.  Put some water ( water mixes with alcohol)
                     3.   Shake
                     4.   Now, you can see that the gasoline has separated from the alcohol/water mixture.
                            Pure gasoline on top and the alcohol/water at the bottom.
                     5.   You can now siphon the pure gasoline on top. 
                             :applause:
                     


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