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#4808213 - 07/08/18 09:24 AM Large car collections - how is fuel managed?
carviewsonic Offline


Registered: 08/17/16
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Just watched a couple of Jay Leno's Garage and My Classic Car videos on youtube. The My Classic Car videos featured a few of NPD's cars, out of a collection of 200+ cars, and Jay Leno has a similarly large collection. These cars always seem ready to go, just get in and drive. But they obviously don't get driven very often in such large collections.

So my question is, how do they manage the gasoline for all these cars? Drain petcocks on every gas tank, to drain after every run? Some type of super fuel stabilizer? Only a few gallons at a time? Hundreds of full fuel tanks in one storage area doesn't seem like a good idea. Has anyone here seen info on this? Not that I'm planning on acquiring hundreds of classic cars anytime soon, just curious...
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#4808217 - 07/08/18 09:33 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
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I will ask my friend that knows Jay as I have wondered myself.
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#4808224 - 07/08/18 09:47 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
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Race gas last a long time unstabilized.

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#4808241 - 07/08/18 10:16 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
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Jay Leno probably has staff maintaining the cars smile

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#4808248 - 07/08/18 10:29 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
Audios Offline


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Id imagine theres some sort of rotation for road tests, at least locally, and maybe throwing 10-20$ of new stuff in when it goes out, plus stabilizer etc.
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#4808264 - 07/08/18 10:58 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
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#4808274 - 07/08/18 11:07 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: CT8]
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Fuel can sit a lot longer than people think. People worried about 6 months are worried about nothing.

And since everybody here shun additives, why are there so many gas stabilizer fans? And how does it stabilize? Can someone provide a technical explanation.
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#4808284 - 07/08/18 11:19 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: UncleDave]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: UncleDave
Race gas last a long time unstabilized.

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Yup, this. And VP racing fuels sells a 94 octane shelf-stable drum. Though it would be cheaper to run aircraft 100LL (which is well preserved itself) in cars that are lead-tolerant.

Someone with an "in" might be able to get VP to sell them a bulk purchase.

Cars from before the 1970s have fully vented fuel systems, meaning the lighter fractions of gas would easily evaporate off, worsening storage issues. My prius sat the winter on old gas but nothing could get into or out of its SULEV bladder tank. And I don't think it'll be collectible anytime soon. laugh

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#4808289 - 07/08/18 11:24 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
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Loc: New England
You don’t fill cars.....enough gas to drive them and keep stabile in them.

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#4808311 - 07/08/18 11:51 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
Chris142 Offline


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My friend said that Jay runs non ethanol gas,stabalizer and his crew keep up on them so this isn't much of a problem for him. I will go out on a limb and guess that his crew goes over a car every time before Jay drives it


Edited by Chris142 (07/08/18 11:53 AM)
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#4808319 - 07/08/18 11:54 AM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: turtlevette]
Chris142 Offline


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Originally Posted By: turtlevette
Fuel can sit a lot longer than people think. People worried about 6 months are worried about nothing.

not our gas in California.
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#4808364 - 07/08/18 01:07 PM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: carviewsonic]
hallstevenson Offline


Registered: 04/25/17
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: carviewsonic
These cars always seem ready to go, just get in and drive.


Video/film editing can make things appear much different than reality....

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#4808366 - 07/08/18 01:12 PM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: Chris142]
carviewsonic Offline


Registered: 08/17/16
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Loc: Alberta
Thanks Chris for asking your friend. I would imagine the cars would have to be gone over before a run, some of them probably sit for months at a time. It sounds like there isn't anything too special about how the fuel gets handled...
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#4808417 - 07/08/18 02:28 PM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
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Registered: 12/15/17
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
Jay Leno probably has staff maintaining the cars smile


Wouldn't bet against that. Imagine stabilizer, and run through a full tank each time it goes out. Wouldn't be surprised if Mr Leno has his own gas storage in site.
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#4808428 - 07/08/18 02:48 PM Re: Large car collections - how is fuel managed? [Re: JLTD]
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Registered: 04/24/18
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I have a fuel transfer pump, just empty the tank and everything is better, if you have a good system run her dry.

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