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    There is a town about 50 miles from me called Mount Olive. The town is suing the rail road co. for storing over 100 tanker cars full of butane in liquid form. This story is repeated all over the U.S. Butane is called the bastard gas because no one wants it. It is a byproduct of refining and the refineries use to burn it off. EPA put a stop to that but they had a bright idea to add it to gasoline. Now it does not take much pressure to keep butane in liquid form and all modern cars have a closed fuel system. It is true that only 2-5% is added in summer blends and 10% winter blends. The cast iron carb on a model A absorbs a lot of heat, especially in stop & go traffic or when you shut it down to refuel . If you listen you can actually hear it bubbling in your carb. So next time your car starts bucking/ cutting off Just say damn butane, or talk to tbirdtbird for a fix. carolinamudwalker

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    Interesting, this may be part of our vapor lock problem.

    As far as the EPA, they would ban water if they thought they could get away with it

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      Just a side note. Having worked for the Railroad and handled and "spotted" these tank cars for unloading, I can tell you that this stuff is nasty, since it is heavier than air, the leak will settle in low spots and remove the oxygen from the area. The gas companies use it as an evaporator, it helps the gas evaporate quicker.

      I have walked down a track full of these tank cars and had my breath taken away by a leak. You can also tell by the frost at the leak point. Really nasty stuff. Good thing I was not smoking at the time, as I was a smoker back then.

      More random musings from a troubled mind. (flashbacks)
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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