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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2002, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Leaded Gasoline or Lead substitute??

My dad bought a couple old Model A (or T?) pickups a while back. They are vintage 1929 and 1931 models. Knowing I'm on the computer a lot he asked me if there was anywhere on the internet to get leaded gasoline. I kind of doubt that there would be in the US, but can anyone recommend a really good lead substitute for old engines that don't have hardened valve seats installed? He doesn't feel the need to tear into these engines for the little bit he actually drives them. Even if there is some way to get your hands on actual leaded gas in the US anywhere, that would help too.

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My dad bought a couple old Model A (or T?) pickups a while back. They are vintage 1929 and 1931 models. Knowing I'm on the computer a lot he asked me if there was anywhere on the internet to get leaded gasoline. I kind of doubt that there would be in the US, but can anyone recommend a really good lead substitute for old engines that don't have hardened valve seats installed? He doesn't feel the need to tear into these engines for the little bit he actually drives them. Even if there is some way to get your hands on actual leaded gas in the US anywhere, that would help too.

Thanks.........
I'm no petrol engineer or Model A specialist...but:

Your local small airport has 110octane LowLead at the pumps.

If that wouldn't work I'm sure one of the race gas makers has a relatively low octane leaded fuel that would work well. Do a search for VP, Torco, PowerMist, Nutec...ect
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All 4 local drag strips sell leaded fuel too.

Byron, GLD, Rt66, and US41.

Pricey tho at over $5/gal.

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Try the local autoparts store. They sometimes sell lead additives in a bottle.

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Re: Leaded Gasoline or Lead substitute??

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My dad bought a couple old Model A (or T?) pickups a while back. They are vintage 1929 and 1931 models. Knowing I'm on the computer a lot he asked me if there was anywhere on the internet to get leaded gasoline. I kind of doubt that there would be in the US, but can anyone recommend a really good lead substitute for old engines that don't have hardened valve seats installed? He doesn't feel the need to tear into these engines for the little bit he actually drives them. Even if there is some way to get your hands on actual leaded gas in the US anywhere, that would help too.

Thanks.........

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I had '66 vette heads on my old camaro that didn't have hardened valve seats. I used the car as my daily driver for about 6 months, putting lead additive in the tank with every fillup. The heads were basically scrap metal when I rebuilt the motor over the winter...

Just thought I'd mention that, because I wouldn't use lead additive anymore. Now I was beating the hell out of this motor with the help of nitrous and a lead foot, but I think all but one of the valve seats were shot when I took the motor apart.
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Lead additives are sold at a decent parts store
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