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#292946 - 08/25/05 08:54 PM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
Volvohead Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3546
Loc: SE Pa
Back then, it was moth balls in the gas and Bon Ami down the carb.

But I'm not sure I'd try either on a modern engine.

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#292947 - 08/26/05 09:03 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
Volvohead Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3546
Loc: SE Pa
quote:
Originally posted by Ray:
Here is a link: http://www.georgenitta.com/mothballs/mothballs.htm

[LOL!]

Silverstars? Autolite plugs? On every vehicle?
Maybe he's been smoking all that "royal purple".

I can't wait to get my own radio show after I name all my favorite parts and chemicals!

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#292948 - 08/26/05 09:25 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
Crashbox Offline


Registered: 06/10/05
Posts: 1337
Loc: Lynden, Washington
I tried naphthalene mothballs many years ago in my old '65 Coronet 383-4V. Couldn't feel any difference (it seemed to go like a rocket no matter what) but I do know that- at least for a couple of days- the idle was substantially smoother. One could hear the mothballs roll around in there, though, even with that thing being as LOUD as it was!

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#292949 - 08/26/05 09:33 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
XS650 Offline



Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 12385
Loc: Northern CA
quote:
Originally posted by Volvohead:
Back then, it was moth balls in the gas and Bon Ami down the carb.

But I'm not sure I'd try either on a modern engine.

I wouldn't even try it in a vintage engine.

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#292950 - 08/26/05 09:39 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
XS650 Offline



Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 12385
Loc: Northern CA
quote:
Originally posted by Volvohead:
quote:
Originally posted by Ray:
Here is a link: http://www.georgenitta.com/mothballs/mothballs.htm

[LOL!]

I can't wait to get my own radio show after I name all my favorite parts and chemicals!

quote:
Moth Balls

Moth Balls can be used to increase the octane rating of the gasoline your are using. The higher octane not only increases power, but will also increase gas mileage. The ratio is 5 moth balls for every 1 gallon of gasoline. Place moth balls in gas tank before fueling the car. Also add 1ounce of WD40 per gallon of gasoline. This will help remove water from the gasoline and make it ignite better.

I don't know about his car, but the fuel filler cap on mine says gasoline, not "dump any old crap in here" [Big Grin]

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#292951 - 08/26/05 05:22 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
kingrob Offline


Registered: 08/06/05
Posts: 1372
Loc: NC
Mothballs work great in any engine- you can get up to 17 extra mpg.

More performance tips:

Replace brake fluid and power steering fluid with Amsoil 5w30.

Always run your car a quart low on oil, it gives it better combustion.

Replace antifreeze with a 50/50 mix of Crisco and vinegar.

Keep only 15 psi in your tires during the winter - another extra 5 mpg.

Use honeybee honey as a premium car wax (clearcoat safe).

These are all great tips I've picked up over the years on various auto websites. They're on the internet, they must work...

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#292952 - 08/26/05 06:13 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
MN Driver Offline


Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 659
Loc: Minnesota
I put that mothball hawaiian guy next to the guy who pours root beer in his gas tank, no thanks george... Did anybody else notice that he linked this page: http://www.ehow.com/how_1331_fill-gas-tank.html He is obviously holding his site for a specific target audience.

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#292953 - 08/26/05 06:34 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
kenw Offline


Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 1979
Loc: Houston
What does that say about a society that can look up this info on the WWW but not figure out how to put gas in a car?

"Honey, I'm pulling into the station, could you google some instructions for me on your blackberry?"

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#292954 - 08/26/05 09:34 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
olympic Offline


Registered: 05/23/04
Posts: 694
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
The napthalene in moth balls supposedly has a big effect on diesel engines, similar to propane. I havn't seen it first hand but a friend of mine is an "old trucker" and he said some guys used moth balls for extra power to climb through the mountains.

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#292955 - 08/26/05 09:35 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
Alex P. Offline


Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 304
Loc: Spotsyltucky, VA
quote:
Originally posted by kenw:
"Honey, I'm pulling into the station, could you google some instructions for me on your blackberry?"

I have a more positive outlook on the future. You see, I'm looking forward to Skynet taking over and Terminators roaming the wasted surface of the Earth, killing every living thing. Yeah, yeah, I know... I'm an optimist.

[Big Grin]
ANYWAY, that site has to be a joke site. It can't be real. It's impossible. Read through all the tips. "Tip 47: Hose down everything with Silicone spray. EVERYTHING. I mean rubber, plastic, SERPENTINE BELTS, SEATS, YOUR WIFE, THE NEIGHBOR'S CAT, EVERYTHING DAMNIT!"

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#292956 - 08/27/05 04:54 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
V1 Offline


Registered: 12/27/04
Posts: 456
Loc: Chicago, IL
If only cave men could read english.

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#292957 - 08/27/05 11:31 PM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
dave1251 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 7141
Loc: Maricopa, AZ
Sounds like the guy who wanted to run 100% rubbing alcohol in his car.

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#292958 - 08/28/05 02:54 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
slider Offline


Registered: 11/03/02
Posts: 180
Loc: San Jose CA
[QUOTE]Originally posted by kingrob:
[QB] Mothballs work great in any engine- you can get up to 17 extra mpg.

More performance tips:

Replace brake fluid and power steering fluid with Amsoil 5w30.

Always run your car a quart low on oil, it gives it better combustion.

Replace antifreeze with a 50/50 mix of Crisco and vinegar.

Keep only 15 psi in your tires during the winter - another extra 5 mpg.

Use honeybee honey as a premium car wax (clearcoat safe).

***

My father told me of a guy he knew in the 30's that used to claim great benefits from 'waxing' your car with motor oil.

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#292959 - 08/28/05 03:24 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
kingrob Offline


Registered: 08/06/05
Posts: 1372
Loc: NC
I've heard that one to, from my great grandpa (another 1930's creative genius). He also used brake fluid to clean the dash and bacon grease as a gasket sealant. His oft-quoted motto was "The first thing to do when you buy a new car is throw the owners manual out the window".

Hey Slider- maybe the guy your father knew in the thirties was my great-grandfather! He was a salesman that travelled all over the US and Canada. If it wasn't for the fact that he passed away several years back I'd swear he was the one coming up with all this internet misinformation.

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#292960 - 08/28/05 03:25 AM Re: Moth balls in gas tank
labman Offline


Registered: 03/14/03
Posts: 8711
Loc: Nothern USA
Some of you need to quit laughing and look at the facts. The old naphthalene moth balls should increase the octane rating just like toluene, which in some cases will increase mileage.

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