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herbpcpa
12-02-2008, 08:32 PM
There is an item in the January 2009 issue of Car and Driver about a guy who makes his own fuel additive using naphthalene moth balls , fuel-injector cleaner and WD-40. WD-40 is available in gallon containers. I wouldn’t put anything made with moth balls in any of my cars, not even my Dodge pickup, but what about WD-40? It is supposed to displace water in the fuel tank and lines and clean and lubricate.
I do know that WD-40 is a good starter fluid for lawn mowers which have set without fuel in them all winter. If you are lucky enough to still have a two-cycle Lawn Boy running, the lubricant in the WD-40 will save the piston rings when you pull on the starter rope for the umpteenth time.

bams50
12-02-2008, 08:39 PM
Not me. The can wouldn't fit in my filler neck;)

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JDP
12-02-2008, 09:08 PM
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/chem00/chem00485.htm

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DEEPNHOCK
12-02-2008, 09:13 PM
Man....
The very bestest thing you can ever do for any and all Studebaker engines is to just run gasoline.
Run gasoline.
Run gasoline through it as fast as you can.
Run gasoline through it as fast and as often as you can.
If you do that, you will have no problems.
Articles in magazines are desined to sell magazines, and the stuff advertised in magazines.
But those extender ad's are fun to read;)[}:)]
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by herbpcpa

There is an item in the January 2009 issue of Car and Driver about a guy who makes his own fuel additive using naphthalene moth balls , fuel-injector cleaner and WD-40. WD-40 is available in gallon containers. I wouldn’t put anything made with moth balls in any of my cars, not even my Dodge pickup, but what about WD-40? It is supposed to displace water in the fuel tank and lines and clean and lubricate.
I do know that WD-40 is a good starter fluid for lawn mowers which have set without fuel in them all winter. If you are lucky enough to still have a two-cycle Lawn Boy running, the lubricant in the WD-40 will save the piston rings when you pull on the starter rope for the umpteenth time.

laughinlark
12-03-2008, 12:06 AM
Yeah, What Jeff said!
Run as much gasoline through it as possible. I'm fortunate to be in a climate for driving my Stude year round. I read posts here that are war stories. After sitting my Stude won't. The brakes were fine before winter storage. My lights worked fine before...ect, ect. The worst thing for your Stude is sitting dormant.

Gordon

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buddymander
12-03-2008, 12:47 AM
I use WD40 to find vacuum leaks on a running engine. It works great without removing the paint from my motor. That link didn't say how many mothballs to add to like say a 20 gallon tank to raise the octane level one point. Anybody know? I hear they smell kinda funny. Anybody ever smelled mothballs?

PlainBrownR2
12-03-2008, 12:53 AM
an ANL(Argonne National Laboratory) tag on the article, suuuweeeettt because I know some close people that work out of that facility. Top notch lab just like Fermi [^] [^].

The article sounds like a rendition of octane booster. If we're gonna go that route, might as well go the homebrew toluene route. But I'll just stick to plain ol' petrol and save alot of pain for myself [:o)].........

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54-61-62
12-03-2008, 01:12 AM
First off, most common mothballs are not comprised of naphthalene anymore.

Yes, at one point the main chemical element of mathballs was naphthalene. This has not been the case for 20+ years.

This used to be an urban legand trick back in the 50's and 60's. I don't know how well it worked if at all, but I remember several years ago, my Father (who was a chemist) saying that the effect would be negligible.

Kent

Pat Skelly
12-03-2008, 07:51 AM
(Orginally posted by buddymander) I hear they smell kinda funny. Anybody ever smelled mothballs?


I have no direct knowledge, but I have heard it's hard to get their legs spread apart.

Pat Skelly
62 GT Hawk
53 Studillac
37 Dictator Coupe

rockfoot
12-03-2008, 10:48 AM
The myth of mothballs helping a car run faster was busted early in life for me. One of the meanest guys:(in Columbus,Ga., had a brandy new 1965 Camaro with a big ole' engine and was planning to race it at Phenix City, Ala. dragstrip. The word got out of his plan while drinking beer at a drive-inn one night and this squirrelly looking guy that was otherwise pretty smart, suggested to this big mean guy that "putting mothballs in his gastank" would make the car go faster than it has ever been. The big guy wasn't near as smart as he was mean:(....Without a formula or even a second opinion, the big mean guy put a BOX of mothballs in his gas tank (which was only half full of gasoline) on the way to the dragstrip. The results were: (a)two weeks for the Camaro in the shop having the engine replaced (waiting for an engine).(b)two weeks recovery time for the squirrelly guy [B)] and (c) two weeks in jail for the big guy:(...:DRockfoot learned a couple of lessons that year....:)
I might add that the big mean guys:( "other car" was 1958 Edsel....[:p]

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warrlaw1
12-03-2008, 02:02 PM
Alcohol, or Methyl Hydrate, is gas line anti-freeze for us in snow country. A little goes a long way and supposedly absorbs water in the gas. WD-40 burns all too well. Almost started a fire spraying it on point contacts. It's a great conductor, too. Moth balls are for storage and supposedly dissuading skunks from living too close to home. Didn't work for me. A can of tuna on the centre-line of the busy road in front of the house fixed the skunk problem.