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bibbs68
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From: Jackson, TN
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posted 10-16-2001 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone used Prestone 0 to 60 Booster (Super Cocentrated Street Legal Formula), so says the bottle? It is supposed to increase octane up to 10 points.

Before I pour it into my pony, I wanted to see if anybody else has used it. Or, what type of booster you use.

Thanks,
Jeremy

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Fastymz
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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
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posted 10-16-2001 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
104 Is the only kind that I've ever used.

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65 Coupe with a stock 1969 351w, Edelbrock RPM intake,carter625cfm,shorty Hedmen hedders,Black Magic electric fan,stock C4,peg leg 8" 2:80,Boss 429 hood scoop,Cragers SS,Black Suede finish.

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mustangs68
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From: Buckroe Beach Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
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posted 10-16-2001 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeremy,
do you really need to add it?
sam

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bibbs68
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From: Jackson, TN
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posted 10-16-2001 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mustangs68:
Jeremy,
do you really need to add it?
sam

Sam, I was told that my car would run better with an additive since it ran new on 103 octane back in the days. Plus, I have some slight knocking, and thought it would be good to burn some of the build up out of the engine and pertinent parts.

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RonnieT
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From: Port Allen, La. 70767
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posted 10-16-2001 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeremy,

If you are getting slight knocking it would be better to retard the timing a shade to stop it than running octane booster. The chemical they use (can't think of the name right now) will cause fouling of the spark plugs.

If you want to clean the cylinders of carbon deposits just pour about 12 - 16 ounces of water down the carb, slowly, while the engine is running. You will need to open the throttle some, and pour slowly, to keep from stalling the engine. This will break the deposits loose and let them blow out the exhaust, same principle as the old rick of pouring ATF down the carb, just a little more friendly to the enviroment.

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Ronnie
69 mach1 351W-4V
70 Torino GT 351C-4v with a "shaker"
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kcode
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 10-16-2001 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A trick we did back in the sixties was to slowly pour a can of the original STP down the carb, it smoked like hell for a while and you had to keep the RPM's up while doing it. It always seemed to make the car run better.

Mike

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n2oMike
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From: Spencer, WV
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posted 10-16-2001 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As for octane boosters...

The only thing I ever used was Lead Supreme from Stone Oil.

This was REAL TETRAETHYL LEAD mixed in toluene. It turned unleaded gas into leaded... boosting octane and protecting valve seats.

It used to be sold in ads in the back of hotrod magazines, but is no longer available.

Nowadays when I get the fever for some real lead for the hotrod or tow vehicle, I just go to the airport and fill a few 5 gallon cans with 100 octane av-gas. It costs around $2 a gallon, so it isn't much more than pump premium. 5 gallons per tank of unleaded will work wonders. The lead content is off the chart!

It doesn't vaporize quite as easily as unleaded in cold weather, (who wants a vaporlock at 10,000ft), but works great in warm weather, or when mixed with pump gas. Just don't use it with converters or oxygen sensors. It coats em' rendering them useless. I've heard the O2 sensors can be removed and cleaned, but the converters are generally useless after too much lead has run through.

I use it mostly in my 1984 4-cyl Ford Ranger that is used to tow the mustang and all it's gear to the track. Some trips are 6 hours away, and it's run WFO the whole time... up the hills it might only go 40mph, but downhill, gravity assist is a wonderful thing. I've run almost a half tank out of the thing without lifting off of full throttle. Going to events, my buddies pass me going uphill, then get out of the way going down!

It also has a 4.10 gear, 5-speed, 3-core radiator, colder plugs, synthetic fluids, and a cooler 180 degree thermostat. I tow with a dolly, which is a LOT easier to pull than a trailer.

I need a full sized truck...

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Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3
http://www.geocities.com/carbedstangs/cmml_mburch.html
http://www.fortunecity.com/silverstone/healey/367

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n2oMike
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From: Spencer, WV
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posted 10-16-2001 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I guess Lead Supreme is still available.

http://www.kemcooil.com/fueladditives.html

I used to purchase it from Stone Oil in gallon cans for around $20. Their number is (was) 912-489-2896 The price has probably double by now.

The new stuff might be blended in kerosene instead of the toluene like the old stuff.

For more info, do a search on Yahoo for "lead supreme"

Av-Gas is by far the most cost effective and efficient way to get higher octane leaded fuel though. That's what I do now. Blending only one gallon of av-gas to 5-10 gallons of pump fuel works wonders.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3
http://www.geocities.com/carbedstangs/cmml_mburch.html
http://www.fortunecity.com/silverstone/healey/367

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Harrys'65
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posted 10-16-2001 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harrys'65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lead Supreme is $5.00 a can(12oz). That puts it at $50.00 a gallon. It treats 6 gallons of gas(6 point octane increase), so the cost isn't that bad but AV fuel is cheaper.

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