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    I always try to only buy the better gas without corn crap for use in my antique cars and small engines, but even the better gas has a very different vapor pressure than the good gas we bought in the 60's and 70's. Here is a 2 1/2 gallon plastic gas container, which is half full with 2 cycle mix for some of my small engines. Yesterday I had to move the jug to the shade, as I was afraid of getting too much pressure inside due to the hot sun shining on it. Yesterday was in the upper 80's, and at 11 this morning it is only 52 degrees, and this is my gas jug. I need to remember to keep the vent cap just slightly loose so pressure and vacuum can't build up. My square gas containers will blow up like a beach ball on hot days. Gas Can Pressure.JPG Never had this problem years ago with the good gas.

  • #2
    We don't have anywhere in my neck that sells corn free fuel. You can buy the little cans at ACE which I use for my small engines or their pre-mix.

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    • #3
      A few years ago when I was looking for a leaf blower at HD I saw these little bottles of something to add to the gas to get rid of the corn juice. I wonder if they have that stuff yet and if it works... I'll have to look, I need to go there for a gas line fitting anyway.

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      • #4
        I have metal cans and store in my shed....................................
        Paul in CT

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        • #5
          Its a good idea to leave the vent open a bit on any fuel can, even metal.

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          • #6
            My biggest problem with gas cans(plastic).are the squirrels.they will chew the plastic to get the smell.whole house propane generator has large rubber gas connection for vibration.had to slip large brass pipe over rubber.guess they get a High. Tom

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            • #7
              The new gas cans blow with those crazy nozzle / vent deals
              There is nothing like a good ole can with a separate vent on the backside, more EPA garbage to go along with the gas
              4~ Tudor's
              1~ Coupe

              Henry Ford said,
              "It's all nuts and bolts"


              Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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              • BNCHIEF
                BNCHIEF commented
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                Napa sells new nozzles which work like the old ones so you do not have take six hours to fill the mower. VP racing fuel jug(5gal) also have useable filler tube which you can replace at the hardware store and they do have vents.

            • #8
              Tom,

              Thanks for the gas can warning.

              I think every time we complain about Government Regulations or the EPA, there is always some irate Government Dictator who wants to show us citizens "who" is in control.

              Tom is correct in that Government Agencies have altered our Model A fuel and made it far worse.

              Do not be surprised if Government has someone reading our Model A comments complaining about adding corn alcohol to our Model A gasoline.

              Government Step Two (2): Government hears we do not like their adding corn to our Model A fuel .... so now they are going to show us "who" is boss ...... they probably started adding "Beans" to our Model A fuel ......... so now our fuel develops intestinal gas in our gas cans ....... in addition to MMO, we might have to start adding "Gas-X", to our gas cans to prevent plastic gas can explosions ....... FYI: "Gas-X" can be bought in local Drug Stores.

              Hope this helps Model A owners to cope with our new Government Regulations.

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              • #9
                Because of that and the ventless gas cans that are slow to pour the gas out and keep burping to keep pouring I have drilled a hole and installed a short rubber valve stem at the top rear. Leave the valve out, remove the valve stem cap to create a vent to pour. I am only telling you this with the understanding you dont tell Al Gore.

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                • BNCHIEF
                  BNCHIEF commented
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                  He has probably never used one in his life.

                • Beauford
                  Beauford commented
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                  Yeah, trying to fill a 46" cut ride mower with these cans suck! So does Al.

              • #10
                Corn gas. Our government knows well that this was a mistake, yet, its my understanding that they are now about to make E15 the law of the land.

                I still think corn belongs in our food supply and not in a fuel tank.

                OH, vents. I too believe in sticking a tire valve in these new tanks.

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by mshmodela
                  Hard to find quality fuel cans now a days...
                  I've seen $5 gas cans sell for $35 to $50 on ebay. I get free gas cans from the local recycling center. I've seen some nice looking batteries at the center, but they won't let anyone have them. The only thing they let you have is gas containers, oil drain pans, and paint and other household chemicals.

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post
                    I always try to only buy the better gas without corn crap for use in my antique cars and small engines, but even the better gas has a very different vapor pressure than the good gas we bought in the 60's and 70's. Here is a 2 1/2 gallon plastic gas container, which is half full with 2 cycle mix for some of my small engines. Yesterday I had to move the jug to the shade, as I was afraid of getting too much pressure inside due to the hot sun shining on it. Yesterday was in the upper 80's, and at 11 this morning it is only 52 degrees, and this is my gas jug. I need to remember to keep the vent cap just slightly loose so pressure and vacuum can't build up. My square gas containers will blow up like a beach ball on hot days. Gas Can Pressure.JPG Never had this problem years ago with the good gas.
                    That's why you never store gas/fuel in the sun. Your just asking for trouble.

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                    • #13
                      It was a bad day when Blitz closed their doors due to the product liability insurance cost. Still have 2 of their 2 1/2 galon cans, but the spout on one is broken. Can not find a replacement locally so far. Have not looked on line for one. Rod
                      "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

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                      • #14
                        Rowdy is the spout a screw on the same size as most cans that are plastic or is your can metal?

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                        • Rowdy
                          Rowdy commented
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                          Same as most of the rest of the older plastic cans with a tethered cap. The ones at the local Orschelns store do not fit. Need to check some other places. Looked online after I posted and seen a few spouts being offered. All are of the flexible design and not the formed design, but atleast I can make it usable. Rod

                      • #15
                        I visit our local flea market every weekend.today I looked for gas cans after seeing this post.must have been 15 small plastic,a few large.2or3 5gal metal,1 blue for kerosene.also through the years picked up about 10 parts cabinets,plastic drawer type with slotted machine screws,slotted wood screws,cotters, and parts for around the house or bolts and nuts for tractors and cars.can't beat the prices. Tom
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