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Mountain Dew 05-21-2022 06:26 AM

Personal Record Set
 

I have been driving Model A's for 45 years and yesterday I set a personal record. I put $43.44 worth of gas in my Roadster. Those $5 fill ups were the good old days.

bavArian 05-21-2022 07:33 AM

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Pathetic. :rolleyes:

A fill up of my '28 Model A over here costs ~85 $. :mad:

Keith True 05-21-2022 08:42 AM

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When I first drove my A in the summer of 73 I worked at a gas station,and gas was 28 cents.But,i made less than $2.per hour,so I had to work nearly 2 hours to fill it up.Now,it's less than an hours pay to fill it.To be fair back then it was wages,today,it's what I charge for contract labor,whether I'm working on something,building,plumbing,doing electrical,driving truck,or operating equipment.I do short term work for guys in the trades that need help for an hour or a day.

Bob Bidonde 05-21-2022 08:50 AM

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Being retired and living on a fixed income, I limit gasoline purchases to $40 each, and no more than one per week. No more washing parts in gasoline. I am thinking about a wood chip burner I can tow and run my Model "A" with.

McMimmcs 05-22-2022 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Bob Bidonde (Post 2131524)
Being retired and living on a fixed income, I limit gasoline purchases to $40 each, and no more than one per week. No more washing parts in gasoline. I am thinking about a wood chip burner I can tow and run my Model "A" with.

$40 once a week is still over $2000 two thousand dollars a year!

jack backer 05-22-2022 02:12 PM

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The kids will be eating the putty out of the windows before I quit fueling my A..

shew01 05-22-2022 05:02 PM

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I filled my A up with ethanol free gas about three weeks ago for $4.299. Itís gone up since then, but I havenít needed gas while I have the car apart for servicing and waiting for parts.

I donít like the gas prices, but I love to drive the car.


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Synchro909 05-22-2022 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by bavArian (Post 2131500)
Pathetic. :rolleyes:

A fill up of my '28 Model A over here costs ~85 $. :mad:

It's about the same here in Australia. You guys needn't feel special - we are all in the same boat.

bavArian 05-23-2022 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Synchro909 (Post 2131939)
It's about the same here in Australia. You guys needn't feel special - we are all in the same boat.


Yeah, but to be honest EVERYTHING seems to be expensive down under. :p

ronn 05-23-2022 05:24 AM

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The kids will be eating the putty out of the windows before I quit fueling my A..



I like your attitude Jack..............




now back to my bicycle!

Synchro909 05-23-2022 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by bavArian (Post 2132035)
Yeah, but to be honest EVERYTHING seems to be expensive down under. :p

Yes, they are but that's the thrust of this thread. European things are notoriously expensive and quality variable.

Sunny the Model A 05-23-2022 07:42 PM

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I fill my Model A with whatever I find, gas, diesel, jet fuel, used motor or veggie oil, alcohol, you name it. never had a problem. I usually use about 90% gas or alcohol and 10% something else. I scrap so I always find mowers with motor oil and gas in 'em, mix it up, filter it, run it. never had a problem, runs fine with no smoke, no fouling, no clogged jets. Thank God Henry made em multifuel.

Stingray70 05-23-2022 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by McMimmcs (Post 2131852)
$40 once a week is still over $2000 two thousand dollars a year!

I just drove a 26 foot u-haul truck ( lightly loaded) from Florida to NC. It burned $40 PER HOUR of gasoline at 60-65 mph. That was a $450 day plus the price of the truck. Oof

mass A man 05-24-2022 12:10 AM

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A good habit to remember to close down the GAV when engine heats up. Every mile counts. I'm not ready to build a dung burner on my truck yet.

Chris in WNC 05-24-2022 06:59 AM

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paid $4.19 for gas Friday at Sam's Club.
first time I have paid over $3.99 since 2008 (at the MARC/MAFCA meet in Ft. Worth).

katy 05-25-2022 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Mountain Dew (Post 2131489)
I have been driving Model A's for 45 years and yesterday I set a personal record. I put $43.44 worth of gas in my Roadster.

Not a record to be proud of.

katwalk 05-26-2022 03:57 PM

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I saw an article that said GA had some of the cheapest gas in the country. As much as it hurts me to fill up, I cant imagine what those of you in CA are dealing with.

Ryan 05-27-2022 02:36 PM

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Lots of deleted posts and 1-week bans handed out. Fellas - NO POLITICS HERE!

JayJay 05-31-2022 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by katwalk (Post 2133088)
I saw an article that said GA had some of the cheapest gas in the country. As much as it hurts me to fill up, I cant imagine what those of you in CA are dealing with.

Regular in the SF Bay Area this past Memorial Day weekend was around $6.399/gal at the big name stations, and $6.199/gal at the no-names. I filled up my pickup (2003 Tundra) around the first of the year and it was $105, which appalled my bride. Unfortunately, the next tank was closer to $125. Needless to say, I'm not driving it much these days. Even the Model A at 15 mpg is an improvement over the 11 mpg of the Tundra.



JayJay

nkaminar 05-31-2022 03:59 PM

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I am so glad I bought my hybrid car before the fuel prices started up. An honest 50 mpg. Such a pleasure to pass gas stations.

I am getting around 20 mpg with my 1930 Fordor A. Weber carb with 5.5 Snyders head. Mitchell overdrive. 2,000 rpm at 60 mph.

fried okra 06-08-2022 05:11 PM

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The cheapest I ever saw was in Detroit area in 1969...... was $.19 for regular, but my Ram Air GTO needed Sunoco at $24.9 :(

Big hammer 06-08-2022 07:26 PM

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Slow down ! saves gas and money! keep your tires aired up! follow big rig’s at a save distance!

nkaminar 06-09-2022 06:45 AM

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The back of my ration sticker says to drive 35 to save gas and tires. It also says to share the ride.

Just wondering how 35 mph on the highway would work when most people, including semi trucks, are driving at 80.

Remember the government telling us to drive 55 during the last gas crisis? Wind drag increases as the square of the speed, so the drag at 70 is 4 times what it is at 35. The drag on a modern car is low to begin with but the Model A has the aerodynamics of a bill board.

Ed in Maine 06-09-2022 07:19 AM

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MassAMan has made a good comment regarding the GAV to save gas. The GAV is a bypass around the Compensator Jet in the carburetor bowl to add more gas on startup when the engine is cold. This gas gets to the intake manifold via the Cap Jet. It is easy to forget to turn the GAV down for best operation after warmup. When rebuilding your carburetor consider sizing the Main Jet at the lower end of its published range of 150 ml/min to 160 ml/min. If you happen to have a Main Jet at 160 ml/min you are somewhat limited with the use of the GAV because most likely the car is getting plenty of gas and the GAV is nearly closed. If the Main Jet is sized at 150 ml/min, the car will need a bit more gas at speed which gives you the opportunity to have the GAV open a bit more for the best adjustment. You can feel this while driving at 35-40 mph. Start closing the GAV until you feel the car start to slow a bit with the accelerator held constant. Then open the GAV just a 1/4 turn. Happy Motoring, Ed

Oldgearz 06-10-2022 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by jack backer (Post 2131871)
The kids will be eating the putty out of the windows before I quit fueling my A..

Well said....and that IS the right attitude!


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