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Old 05-13-2010, 03:38 PM
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So I just got my '58 back from storage after a move last summer. I'm planning on pulling the engine for cleaning/repair, but I (er, my wife) have a handful of projects planned before I dig into the bird.

I only started the car briefly to back it into the garage, but the fumes are really strong two weeks later. It doesn't smell quite like gasoline, it's almost a solvent/lacquer smell. It's not a welcoming odor and the wife is complaining. Any clues to reducing the fumes? Should I drain the gas tank and carb? The gas is probably at least a couple years old.

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Old 05-13-2010, 03:44 PM
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It's sounds like old/bad gas smell. I'd run a box fan to move air OUTSIDE the garage. Then drain and remove the gas tank.

It sound slike it would need to be cleaned out and resealed anyways before you start driving this bird....

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That's sound advice and I appreciate it. How hard is it to drain and remove the gas tank? Would you try to siphon the gas out the filler neck or open the petcock on the bottom of the tank?
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That's sound advice and I appreciate it. How hard is it to drain and remove the gas tank? Would you try to siphon the gas out the filler neck or open the petcock on the bottom of the tank?
If you are to drain, I would suggest the one in the bottom. You might get more than gas out that way. I did.... My first idea would be to drive up the gas though ..... With or without your wife
But I canīt see how this will take away any smell. I have never noticed that old gasoline smells different than new. I would opend the windows and park the car outside for a day, just to get as much circulation as possible.
Also worth mension is that old cars always smells old cars. There could be a good idea to check if there is no leak anywhere. A year can make a big difference.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:38 PM
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At least these had drain plugs. Hopefully your gas gauge works. Just have a bigaenough container to catch it all. Had the same prob with mine
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:40 PM
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Hey Guys,
I have had very good success out of STA-BIL. It is a fuel stabilizer. If gas is going to sit for several months, I add it to fuel! Helps keep fuel from souring, gumming and varnishing!
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Old gas is BAD NEWS, and it stinks real bad when you burn it! Drain out as much as you possibly can before your carb and fuel line get gummed up. You still might go through a lot of fuel filters.

New gas is hydroscopic, meaning it sucks up water. When it gets old, all the good stuff that burns, evaporates away leaving varnish. It's nasty.

Richard Hord is right... if you're going to store your car for months, use Sta-bil. The absolute best thing is to empty your tank if you can, but most people don't.
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Old gas is BAD NEWS, and it stinks real bad when you burn it! When it gets old, all the good stuff that burns, evaporates away leaving varnish. It's nasty.
Wow. I could never figure that out. Mine stinks as well, but I thought it was normal
This will make my life tricky or as my car stands most of the time, and I have learned that in order to avoid rust in the tank it shall be full....
Guess I have to get used to that smell Canīt afford not to...
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...Guess I have to get used to that smell Canīt afford not to...
I don't know how old your gas is, Anders, but if it is more than six months old, you can't afford to keep it in your T-bird.

PLEASE READ THIS:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_you_mi...h_new_gasoline

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSj15mmC9gI

http://autos.aol.com/article/does-gas-go-bad/

Anders, this is serious business. If left too long, old gas WILL cost you far more than the price of a tank of gas. Just about every car site has lots of posts about old gas. - Dave
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Point taken.
But that 1935 Mercedes.... Did they realy come with Moroso valve cover equipped V8īs from GM ?....
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