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gas and additives
#1337070 Mon Dec 09 2019 06:04 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
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I have a 1951 gmc 3/4 ton pickup with a 228 6 cylinder. what should I do about gas type. Is regular gas ok or do i need an additive? If so what .
At present I am using MO gas (aviation gas with no ethanol). thank you

Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337114 Mon Dec 09 2019 11:14 PM
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I run 87 octane. It works very well.

Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337117 Mon Dec 09 2019 11:22 PM
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No ethanol is best but that comment usually starts a big debate. It’s been beat to death on the site. Do a Stovebolt search and be prepared for an evenings reading.

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Re: gas and additives
52Carl #1337127 Tue Dec 10 2019 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by 52Carl
I run 87 octane. It works very well.
Me too, running a '63 235 in my truck.

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Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337128 Tue Dec 10 2019 12:28 AM
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87 octane gas (10% ethanol) purchased August 18. Drove it today - idled a bit rough - needed a bit more choke but it ran OK.

1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337137 Tue Dec 10 2019 01:04 AM
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Posts: 74
Wrench Fetcher
My ‘46 gmc with its 228 likes 89 octane, NO ethanol gas. I drive a few miles into south Central PA to find it. For your area, check out pure
Ethanol is a bad deal on many fronts, but once you dump it in your antique motor vehicle, nothing good happens.

Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337150 Tue Dec 10 2019 02:28 AM
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Octane was way below 87 or 85 when our trucks were new. Whatever the lowest grade at the pump is adequate, anything. Higher is just a waste of money. No alcohol is best, 100 low lead adds more lead than we need, probably not legal if anyone is looking. 80 octane avgas, if one can find it, is OK.

NO alcohol is best.


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Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337163 Tue Dec 10 2019 03:02 AM
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Running on ethanol blend & leaving a rig to set with in in the system very different. The only non-ethanol you can by in Oregon premium / high octane so I run the 87 E10 but purge & put non ethanol in for the winter when rigs will only be run a few times.

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Re: gas and additives
bobbynudd #1337829 Mon Dec 16 2019 08:20 AM
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Ethanol is hydrophilic - attracts water from the atmosphere - and shouldn't be used in vehicles that sit for prolonged periods. This is why ethanol gas is not allowed for use in aircraft.

Here is a list of non-ethanol fuel sources state-by-state:

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