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LarrySherman posted 09-25-2001 11:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for LarrySherman   Send Email to LarrySherman  
I've got 70 gal of 1+ year old gas in my aft tank that I need to get rid of. The tank needs to come out for repair this winter, as the gas pickup does not seem to work (I can not get a prime).

Are there people who dispose of old gas?

acseatsri posted 09-25-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Larry, open up the rear access plate first, remove the gas line, then the fitting to see if the draw tube is still attached to the fitting. That's about the only reason you wouldn't get a prime other than a bad or incorrectly installed bulb. It could also be a plugged strainer on the draw tube, if it has one, but I doubt it. The draw tube falling off is a common occurrence on the new plastic tanks that everyone sells now. You could also have a vacuum leak in the gas line. Not sure I'd remove the tank unless it's leaking.
JFM posted 09-25-2001 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Larry, this may sound stupid but the way I get rid of old gas is to siphon the gas into 5 gal. cans and mix it with a half a tank in my truck (leased and under warranty). I have done this several times with out a problem. Also, I always put stablizer in the old gas. Regards, Jay
Chris J posted 09-25-2001 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
If the gas was stabilized before layup you can probably run with it OK. Disposal is a big problem in some areas. Your local fire department may have some suggestion, or try looking up "waste disposal - hazardous" in the yellow pages.
LarrySherman posted 09-25-2001 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I can't get to the access plate on the tank. My boat has no access cover for the aft tank. Bronze tubing runs from both tanks into the aft baitwell, where A1 hose is clamped to it. the bronze is in bad shape. I am going to pull the aft deck this winter, and repair/replace both tanks as necessary. I just need to get rid of the gas first.

I'm going to look in the yellow pages now. why didn't I think of that?

Bigshot posted 09-25-2001 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
JFM posted 09-25-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Bigshot, you beat me to it. Jay
LarrySherman posted 09-25-2001 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I should have titled the post differently. I was wide open on the flank. Direct hit amidships.
Chris J posted 09-26-2001 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I was going to suggest running it in your car diluted with good gas, but it could take an awful long time to use up 70 gallons that way and could be hard on the car. But if you have a need to rent a car for local use this might be a good way to fuel it...

If there is a lawn service in your area maybe they would take it for free for use in their machines. Old low HP 2-strokes aren't that fussy about gas quality.

It could be dangerous draining it though. Keep a few fire extinguishers handy.

blackdog posted 09-26-2001 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I was really trying not to go there Bigshot but that's what I was thinking. how do ya spell relief
JFM posted 10-01-2001 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Larry, I just ran about 6 gallons of 2 year old 2 stroke through my truck yesterday mixed with premium, about 20 gallons , and the truck ran better than it usually does. Regards, Jay
LarrySherman posted 10-01-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I'm going to have it hauled away. I can nor see going back and forth to my truck with a 5 gallon jerry can twice a week, for 7 weeks!

Kelly posted 10-01-2001 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
You might ask someone in the landscaping business if they want it for their equipment. Tell them exactly what it is and let them have it. My Briggs lawn mower motor seems to burn the stuff just fine, they might be reluctant to use it in a Honda, but I bet it would be fine in most equipment. I personally have never encountered gas that a Briggs wouldn't burn. Kelly

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