Hola Dave et al!
It all comes down to are you confident enough to risk your engine? A
friend in Dallas tells me he hasn't been able to FIND napthalene
mothballs despite hunting in 5 stores...they have mothballs but they are
Thats odd...months ago I finally found a box here in Mexico that cost me
$9.00US for about 100 balls....later I found out the ferreteria
(hardware stores) sell them in plastic bags at $1.20 for 20 balls and
they call them pelotas de naptalene.
I have a big glass jar full of them now and notice as time goes on, they
are dissolving to a crystalline powder form at the bottom...thats
interesting...must be the fumes breaking down the structure.
I don't drive enough miles here to really, REALLY test them out but do
notice my gas costs are less when I use them and I get something like
5-10 miles more per gallon depending on where I go. Living in the
mountains, it varies.
As for acetone, I've seen how it dissolves rubber and plastic so
wouldn't put it in my engine. Neoprene proof or not...I couldn't afford
Dave Narby wrote:
Hi Jerry et. al.,
I took a look at the article on acetone being banned in Vietnam
there are at least a couple factual errors there... Firstly, most seals
in the fuel delivery system of a gas powered vehicle are neoprene, not
rubber. Secondly, acetone is definitely NOT a chemical used in gasoline
Think about it - why would the petroleum companies want to put something
in your gas that INCREASES fuel economy?
They DO put things in which DEGRADE fuel economy... Like ethanol!
Ethanol is ostensibly added to decrease auto emissions - which it
DOES... Something on the order of 5-10%. However, ethanol added to the
gas (E10) DECREASES FUEL ECONOMY 10-15%... So there is a NET GAIN in
emissions as a result of using ethanol - as a result of MORE GAS BEING
I'm sure the Oil Lords laughed all the way to the bank when they passed
THAT particular law.
Jerry Decker - KN wrote:
Hola Dave et al!
NEVER USE ACETONE in an engine...it will mess up the seals, gaskets,
etc...it has been outlawed in the Phillipines...refer to the recent news
article on KeelyNet about it DESTROYING engines.
Mothballs, YES if you don't use too many...I have been using 1:4 in my
1996 Ranger for nearly 4 months now....was getting from 18-22mpg, with
mothballs, I get around 30-35mpg!!! And it runs better than ever, has
more power and I can climb the mountains on my weekly trips to nearby
towns. Been to Goodyear twice and they said the motor is in very good
condition for a 1996.
The problem is some people use WAY TOO MANY mothballs....the original
recommendation was 1 ball for 4 gallons...thats what I've been using.
They will carbonize the engine if you use too many and require repairs.
I think you have that wrong about the tailgate DOWN degrading
mileage..its running your pickup with the tailgate UP that produces the
resistance to lower your mpg...
Thats why they have the NET gate that lets air pass through it, but
tonneau cover is even better. Living in central Mexico, I just load it
up with Mexicans wanting a lift and let them be the airfoil....<lol>....
Dave Narby wrote:
Dude... DUDE... Skip the mothballs. Naphtha will eventually screw
up your engine.
Try adding 1-2 more oz of acetone per 10 gallons. The sweet spot
seems to be 3 oz, some people do better w/a little more or less.
Also try 7-10 ounces of toluene or xylene and advancing the timing
(toluene is used commercially as an octane booster, xylene is very
similar, and both are 50-75% cheaper if you add them in yourself as
opposed to paying for the 'pre-blended' mix at the pump).
Try the Mobil 15k synthetic oil. You change it less and it costs the
same as running cheapo oil.
Add 4 oz of Torco MZP engine assembly lube to your gearbox.
Also, try a chin spoiler. This will block air from your undercarriage.
Do all that and you'll probably have a 33MPG 59 Edsel.
PS running your truck with the tailgate down degrades MPGs. Running
a tonneau cover (even a 1/2 cover from the cab back) increases MPGs.
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