(If I covered this subject before, here it comes again)
For years I was told, winterize your small engines. Lawnmowers, weed eaters, tillers and such. Drain the tanks and let them run until they are completely out of gas. I fooe’ed that. NEVER in over fifty years ‘winterized’ a small engine. One reason is that in NC, you may need to cut your ‘weeds or grass’ before spring, we have mild winters.
Anyway THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT. The mowers have been covered and protected, but nothing would start and run. The only to keep an engine running was putting gas in the carburetor manually, and they would run.
Okay so I break the first Carburetor down, it is a Toro that Shirl gave us. A great riding mower. WOW the carburetor was filled with a jelly like substance and every thing was STUCK and blocked.
So I cleaned the carb and got it running. Later In a conversation with Don I said my carb for the first time ever was full of jelled something. This has never happened to me!”
He smiled a wise smile and said, “YOU never had ETHANOL in your stored gas before.”
LIGHT COMES ON IN MY NOGGIN! BAD WORDS!
So a quick check on the net and it is stated that Ethanol is good in cars 2001 and up! WHAT are the millions of folks driving older cars supposed to do?
It is further stated, Gasoline with ethanol IS NOT recommended for small engines!!!
Search for gas stations with non ethonal fuel: Two within 5 miles. I know the first and head to Dales down by the river. Sticker on the tanks 10% Ethanol.
“The inter net says you have gas with no ethanol,”
“WE do, the racing fuel over there (pointing) at $8 a gallon.”
Next place. No sticker on the tank, Sunoco. Nascar recommended. I bought $20 worth. I went inside to get the receipt,on the way out I see a sign on the opposite tank, 10% E………. SHUCKS!
(MY Sunoco had Ethanol 10% in it today!)
So I Pour what I just bought into car tank and go down the road and finally buy ETHANOL FREE GAS for $4.22 a gallon.
SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE! One thing I am sure of tonight is, I don’t like Ethanol. Someone recommended buying camp stove fuel in the sports section, at $6 a quart, WHAT? I do not plan on spending $24 a gallon for lawnmower food.
I know this will work out. Maybe Someone should invent the removable gas tank on the mower to make it easy to dump it for the winter.
Shucks, life ain’t bad, I think I just get side tracked and forget that everything in life “Don’t Bee Sweet”. Taking a thought from MA’s blog and BEE Attitudes.
This one did not make the production line either..
1955 Ford Mystere (I first read that as Ford Misfire)
That would have taken the sporty world…