Category: Gasoline

Petroleum primer: Five things to know about gasoline – David Conwill @Hemmings

Petroleum primer: Five things to know about gasoline – David Conwill @Hemmings

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Gasoline is probably the substance that inspires the strongest opinions in automotive hobbyists. At one time, that often meant brand loyalty, whether that was to Mobilgas Ethyl, Sunoco 260, or Shell Green Streak. Now it’s more likely to take the form of preferences for octane and ethanol content.

Refinery technology has changed tremendously since 1900, and the gasoline that powered early automobiles was radically different from the gasoline of 1940, which in turn was quite different from the super-premium fuel blends of the mid-1960s. Modern fuels are an even different creature yet. It can be a dizzying experience to try to select the correct 21st-century gasoline for a car built 50-plus years ago. An engine with the wrong gas will quickly make that known through a variety of unpleasant noises, badly reduced power, and even potential failure.

Refinery technology has changed tremendously since 1900, and the gasoline that powered early automobiles was radically different from the gasoline of 1940, which in turn was quite different from the super-premium fuel blends of the mid-1960s.

Modern fuels are an even different creature yet. It can be a dizzying experience to try to select the correct 21st-century gasoline for a car built 50-plus years ago. An engine with the wrong gas will quickly make that known through a variety of unpleasant noises, badly reduced power, and even potential failure.

Being an educated consumer of gasoline means separating fact from fiction. There are also lots of additives out there that proclaim various improvements and refinements to pump gasoline—some are legitimate, and some are more akin to snake oil. Getting familiar with gasoline is worthwhile for any car enthusiast. It will protect your car from harm and may even help it run better

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Video: Roger Penske for Sunoco Gasoline, 1967 – Mac’s Motor City Garage

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Here’s a very young and dapper Roger Penske from 1967 to sell you some custom-blended Sunoco gasoline.

Roger Penske didn’t invent corporate sponsorship in auto racing, of course. But it was Penske who, as much as any single person, elevated it into an art form and perfected it as a science. Before Penske, racing was, for many, a fun game played with other people’s money. But with his unbending professionalism and competitive drive, Penske changed the game. He helped to turn racing into a legitimate industry, where sponsors received a measurable return on their investment and racers could earn a dependable living.

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Guy’s Auto Service – Washington New Jersey Get Gas From Old Fashioned Pumps! @RetroRoadmap

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Opened in 1922, this unexpected Retro Roadmap-worthy gas and service station has been Guy’s since the early 1960s. Family owned and operated by generations of Guys, these guys (ha ha!) are keeping the notion of old fashioned gas station service alive.

While New Jersey is one of only 2 states where you must have your gas tank filled by an attendant, Guy’s is the only place I know of in the entire state if not beyond where the gas comes out of an actual vintage gas pump!

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Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon – From “The Old Motor”

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1930 Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon

Interesting article from The Old Motor about the issues with spark knock, pinging and detonation back in the day.

Fuel with tetraethyllead additive names like STOPNOX and other references to either ethyl or  nox in the name was common back in the day.

You can read the full article here