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Post by stationary stu on Wed May 18 2011, 12:20

When I was away at the weekend at a rally a guy there who was running some small engines said he always adds a cap full of paraffin to the petrol tank when he fills it. He recons that it helps to down grade the octane of the petrol! He had been told this by an old guy that had ran engines for years and they ran a lot better. I was wondering what your thoughts were on this and is it worth trying?

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Post by Villiers on Wed May 18 2011, 17:28

Yes that's right. "New" petrol is a lot more volatile than the old 2* we had of old so sometimes an old engine can run a bit rough on this, I had a D type Lister that would miss now and then, drop of paraffin in the petrol cured this

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Post by Villiers on Wed May 18 2011, 17:46

Just to say I have told other people this and been called a tw*t. but it does work.

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Post by JONESEY on Wed May 18 2011, 22:48

Drop of Red X works well and smells great Smile
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Post by mike d on Thu May 19 2011, 00:19

STU...
it works like an additive like you can buy for the old cars..
my mate Steve has a humber Pullman limousine that wont run on the new petrol,so he used to put additive in the tank..
not now he puts something else,but wont tell me what it is..he calls it his secret..
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Post by stationary stu on Thu May 19 2011, 09:24

Well I think I'll be using a drop from now on, it can't make them run any worse then they do now Laughing Laughing

I also put 2 stroke oil (low ash) in my diesel when I fill the van up and that helps a lot, runs queter, lubs the injection pump and a few more miles to the gallon. I got that tip from the Transit Forum and a lot on there swear by it.

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Post by mike d on Thu May 19 2011, 09:52

STU..
it seems to be the new red x..it was ok back in the day,so why not now.. scratch
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Post by stationary stu on Thu May 19 2011, 12:10

Mike there's that many additives now why not stick to the simple stuff Smile

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Post by sumpoiler on Thu May 19 2011, 12:12

I sometimes use castrol r30 mixed with the petrol @ 100:1
Smells great

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Post by stationary stu on Thu May 19 2011, 12:27

Trev, I've done some reading up on Castrol R30 and everyone says the smell is devine but it does seperate from the petrol after 48 hours. It's an old SAE30 engine oil that was used in racing bikes but the engine needed a full rebuild after a weekends racing. I havn't read any real positive reasons for using it apart from the small and it sends old men back to there youth, maybe Mike and Jonesey should try it out for us. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post by sumpoiler on Thu May 19 2011, 12:53

stationary stu wrote:Trev, I've done some reading up on Castrol R30 and everyone says the smell is devine but it does seperate from the petrol after 48 hours. It's an old SAE30 engine oil that was used in racing bikes but the engine needed a full rebuild after a weekends racing. I havn't read any real positive reasons for using it apart from the small and it sends old men back to there youth, maybe Mike and Jonesey should try it out for us. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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I only mix enough fuel for a day so no troubles with separating
Don't know about a full engine rebuild after every race meeting
Because the r30 was used as an engine oil and methonal fuel the engine oil will be diluted so it is recommened to change every meeting

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Post by YorkshireChugger on Sat Mar 17 2012, 23:11

Does anyone use much paraffin / lamp oil stuff on the forum these days? Where do you get it and what kind of price is it?
We used to have a little garage near us that still had it on the pump, but the garage is closed down now.
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Re: Adding paraffin to petrol???

Post by mike d on Sat Mar 17 2012, 23:39

hi matt..
i have 3 engines that are petrol/paraffin,so i use it a fair bit..
but ive change to using kerosene in my witte drag saw engine...
seem to run better on it,but i get the paraffin from northovers fuels at great dorset 10gallon at a time..
i would like to get 45gallon but don't have a clean 45gallon container..
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Post by matt86 on Sun Mar 18 2012, 00:12

mike d wrote:hi matt..
i have 3 engines that are petrol/paraffin,so i use it a fair bit..
but ive change to using kerosene in my witte drag saw engine...
seem to run better on it,but i get the paraffin from northovers fuels at great dorset 10gallon at a time..
i would like to get 45gallon but don't have a clean 45gallon container..
mike....

mike there are fuel companys that will sell you a 45 gallon drum full of it , could go halfs if you wanted ....

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Post by kevjhnsn on Sun Mar 18 2012, 03:24

i must be lucky then
as i have a old school town filling station with kerosene at the pump
and also a paraffin/lamp oil pump indoors
mind you its nearly as dear as petrol lol
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Post by mike d on Sun Mar 18 2012, 10:46

i will look into it matt,see what they are charging for 45gallon
you haven't got anything that runs on it though..lol.lol..
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Post by stationary stu on Sun Mar 18 2012, 10:50

It's a while since I bought paraffin and it was more expensive then petrol. I buy it from my local hardware store pre packed.

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Post by matt86 on Sun Mar 18 2012, 11:00

mike d wrote:i will look into it matt,see what they are charging for 45gallon
you haven't got anything that runs on it though..lol.lol..
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mike i will do soon enough .... once i pick this engine up of you anyway .

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Post by mike d on Sun Mar 18 2012, 12:02

need to bring a lot of folding mate before it goes anywhere..lol.
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Post by matt86 on Sun Mar 18 2012, 12:31

i know mate dont you fear lol Laughing

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Post by mike d on Sun Mar 18 2012, 23:37

You know it makes sense....
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Post by matt86 on Mon Mar 19 2012, 17:43

mike d wrote:You know it makes sense....
mike...

Of course i know it makes sense ... wasn't born yesterday and not out to con people

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Post by Capstan on Wed Mar 28 2012, 21:06

Paraffin is kerosine get it out of someone's central heating tank. You can add it to petrol up to 25% in old engines. I run my Petter A1 TVO on it all the time. Trust me I'm a doctor(sore doctor that is) jocolor geek rendeer

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Post by hob on Wed Mar 28 2012, 21:11

and i went and flushed it all out of my national tank with petrol Rolling Eyes

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Post by stationary stu on Thu Mar 29 2012, 10:10

hob wrote:and i went and flushed it all out of my national tank with petrol Rolling Eyes

lol! lol! lol! lol! Neville if there's a water shortage you have to dilute it with water. lol!

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