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mothballs in gas for higher octane?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Blown 61, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Blown 61
    Joined: Feb 22, 2005
    Posts: 265

    Blown 61

    anyone done this?
  2. chrisntx
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
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    from Texas .

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  3. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    Dunno, what does your brain tell you?
  4. Von Rigg Fink
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    Von Rigg Fink
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  5. bob myers
    Joined: May 24, 2007
    Posts: 302

    bob myers

    I do it, but only after I cut some screen from my back window and put in under the middle carb.....much better fuel economy and super good power. Give it a try.

    ps Don`t try sugar in your fuel tank....not nearly as good results!
  6. Blown 61
    Joined: Feb 22, 2005
    Posts: 265

    Blown 61

  7. well if you can get a knife in there to cut them off, be my guest and put them in your tank.....
  8. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    It's an old wives tail and a myth. Adding
    mothballs would severely lower your octane,
    not raise it. They're made from naphthalene
    which actually has very close to a zero octane
    rating.. But don't take my word for it....try it
    and see for yourself!:eek:
    :DP.S. Besides, even if it did work- which
    it doesn't - do you have any idea how
    hard it would be and how many moths
    you'd have to kill, to collect collect even
    a single pound of 'mothballs'??!!!:eek::D:D
  9. Motornoggin1
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 169


    I don't know about moth balls increasing octane, but it sure keeps moths from eating holes in felt gaskets.
  10. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    No moths were injured in the effort to raise the octane level of the featured gasoline product.
  11. who would that be? people for eating testicles of animals? did you want them instead?
  12. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,846

    from trevose pa

    Pot makes you drive slower and save gas........................Just dont inhale the mothballs
  13. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    It's ok, I'm a charter member of P.E.T.A
    - "People Eating Tasty Animals"!!! :D

  14. dudley32
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 1,837


    Boy..thats good to tell me if Horse Power is still o.k.?? :eek:
  15. 48Ratfink
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Posts: 47

    from Opelika,Al

    Moth Balls? How do You get their tiny legs apart? You pervie!
  16. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    Nooo, '1950Coronet'!!! You're thinking of
    P.E.A.T. ("People Eating Animal Testicals")
    :)eek:) and I can assure you that, 'prairie oysters'
    notwithstanding, the good people of P.E.T.A.
    ("People Eating Tasty Animals") are totally
    and unequivocally opposed to that!!!! :D

    P.S. Why do I have this feeling that this
    thread is about to get shut down???
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  17. It was just MY version of a lame joke, just like everyone else, O.K. Did you really think I was serious?
  18. I Drag
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 884

    I Drag

    Yes, do it, this totally works.

    The refineries have yet to find this out.
  19. Jimm56
    Joined: Aug 27, 2010
    Posts: 171


    You Sir, are correct!
  20. Blades
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,188

    from Chicago

    Only one guy actually gave a serious answer.... tsk tsk tsk.... but I like that for some strange reason.
  21. If it's more octane you want,get racing gas or av-gas.Leave the moths alone.
    I never tried it ,but did pour a litre of alcohol in with gas,,inconclusive
  22. I believe they have a cotton like material to hold their form. Better have a good filter.
  23. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,437

    from central NY

    but adding a couple ounces of acetone will raise your gas mileage by up to 20%. Put in one of those swirl inducing intake gizmos, a few magnets and an ionizer on the fuel line, and you will need to stop at the gas station to pump gas back into thier tanks.

    And this story is so old that like the gasolie we use, the formulatio of moth balls has changed, not napthalene any more.

    Why do you need more octane???
  24. 32ratsass
    Joined: Dec 14, 2007
    Posts: 258


    I remember being told about using kerosene and mothballs in cars, during gas rationing days (WW2). What was that all about?:confused:
  25. jimbo121
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
    Posts: 126


    Actually I believe Mobil used this technique back in the early thirties to raise the octane of the often poor quality fuels. Further to that , the very name Mo-Bil is a loose translation of MothBall. And yes, I am FU##king with you! Bahaaaaaaa!
  26. torino_Joe
    Joined: Mar 11, 2011
    Posts: 103


    I also thought this woulda been shut down bye now,I'm glad to see that it's not though. Come'on moth balls,P.E.T.A,sugar in the gas tank? This is hilarious,especially at 3:00am. Keep this madness up.Please lol
  27. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,440

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Let's see....mothballs, swirl gadget under the carb, magnets in the fuel line, additives in the gas tank...pretty soon, by driving, I'll be PRODUCING gasoline, instead of using it!
  28. iluvcarparts
    Joined: Aug 31, 2007
    Posts: 23

    from socal

    In the days of the Model T, mechanics used this trick get rid of built up carbon inside the motor. The mothballs would cause severe detonation,which would literally knock the carbon off the valves and pistons.
  29. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,511

    from Garner, NC

    and don't handle them with bare hands, don't let them come in contact with skin, they are HIGHLY POISONOUS.
  30. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,763

    Member Emeritus

    In the early 60s the BS story was to put some in an enemies gas tank. It was supposed to make the car run like a striped ass ape until the valves burned. The idea was to do it on a full tank so that after the heads were rebuilt, the moth balls were still in the tank and they would burn the new valves too.

    It was such fun to be young and gullible. Alas I grew up and realized that not everyone in the world tells the truth.:D

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