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Eldergays, tell us about leaded vs unleaded gas

My parents always asked for unleaded. Did some people actually want leaded gas??

by Anonymousreply 45January 30, 2023 10:42 PM

Leaded gas was used for cars built before 1975. I was born in 1979 and I remember my grandma's car used leaded gas.

by Anonymousreply 1January 28, 2023 6:21 AM

In your neighbourhood maybe R1.

In the Castro in the '70s, 'leaded' meant a cut dick, 'unleaded' meant uncut.

In the '80s, well, lets just say, the focus was more on poz or neg.

by Anonymousreply 2January 28, 2023 6:29 AM

Leaded gas prevented that annoying engine knocking.

by Anonymousreply 3January 28, 2023 6:31 AM

Engine knocking?

by Anonymousreply 4January 28, 2023 6:31 AM

Again, in the Castro, circa 1970s, the 'engine knocking' was slang for a prolapsed anus.

There were many.

by Anonymousreply 5January 28, 2023 6:41 AM

Also leaded gas (which was called "regular") was cheaper.

by Anonymousreply 6January 28, 2023 6:49 AM

[quote] Engine knocking?

In spark ignition internal combustion engines, knocking (also knock, detonation, spark knock, pinging or pinking) occurs when combustion of some of the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder does not result from propagation of the flame front ignited by the spark plug, but one or more pockets of air/fuel mixture explode outside the envelope of the normal combustion front.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 28, 2023 6:52 AM

You know if this was happening now MAGATs would be arming themselves to defend their right to drink leaded petrol.

by Anonymousreply 8January 28, 2023 7:03 AM

“petrol”, R8?

What country are your MAGATs in?

Or do you just watch them on the Telly?

by Anonymousreply 9January 28, 2023 7:17 AM

R9, R8 here. I'll get back to you in a jiff about all that, but right now I've just got to go and answer a call on my mobile!

by Anonymousreply 10January 28, 2023 7:34 AM

Jesus R8, do you shoehorn MAGA references into every thread?

by Anonymousreply 11January 28, 2023 7:43 AM

I don't actually, R11. It just made me think of the meltdowns going on over the past couple of weeks about the government allegedly 'coming for' people's gas stoves.

Is that OK with you? Do I need to run all my posts past you for pre-approval?

by Anonymousreply 12January 28, 2023 7:53 AM

Leaded gas smelled really intoxicating. At first, unleaded smelled like rotten eggs 🤮

by Anonymousreply 13January 28, 2023 8:01 AM

R12 " It just made me think of the meltdowns going on over the past couple of weeks about the government allegedly 'coming for' people's gas stoves."

Over the past couple of weeks, the US government is Democratic. So MAGA isn't relevant to what you've just said.

by Anonymousreply 14January 28, 2023 8:07 AM

Yes, the MAGAs are wailing that the DEMOCRATIC government are coming for their gas stoves.

You appear to have severe reading comprehension issues. I'd stop embarrassing yourself now if I were you.

by Anonymousreply 15January 28, 2023 8:10 AM

R13 - I totally agree that the smell of leaded gas was intoxicating. I enjoyed being able to pump my own gas just to get to smell it.

by Anonymousreply 16January 28, 2023 12:02 PM

Stealth poppers incoming at R16

by Anonymousreply 17January 28, 2023 12:29 PM

Only MAGAs R15?

by Anonymousreply 18January 28, 2023 12:29 PM

I liked the smell of gas and the smell of rubber in a tyre store,

by Anonymousreply 19January 28, 2023 12:30 PM

Puny cocklet story incoming at R19?!

by Anonymousreply 20January 28, 2023 12:31 PM

R19, bad weekend to say "tyre".

by Anonymousreply 21January 28, 2023 12:46 PM

So what stops engine knocking now?

by Anonymousreply 22January 28, 2023 3:32 PM

Actually, as I recall, you could not put regular (leaded) gas in a car designed for unleaded. The nozzles were designed not to fit. The knocking was connected to octane - higher octane was marketed as preventing knocking. As my childhood memories recall at least.

by Anonymousreply 23January 28, 2023 3:49 PM

Leaded gas became illegal in 1996 and lead is related to learning and behavioral problems in children. Maybe that's why there are so many stupid people.

by Anonymousreply 24January 28, 2023 4:00 PM

Isn't that diesel with the bigger nozzle, R23?

by Anonymousreply 25January 28, 2023 4:03 PM

What about ETHYL?

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by Anonymousreply 26January 28, 2023 4:33 PM

Ethyl as in Mertz? Fred's wife!

by Anonymousreply 27January 28, 2023 4:45 PM

We can't. The leaded gas retarded us.

by Anonymousreply 28January 28, 2023 5:14 PM

So if they got rid of leaded gas then what helps engine knocking now? Cars still have spark plugs, right?

by Anonymousreply 29January 28, 2023 7:34 PM

Unleaded refers to impotency in a man.

by Anonymousreply 30January 28, 2023 8:08 PM

[R15] Look into new building ordinances in NY, CA. They are banning gas stoves in many areas for new construction. It is the democratic run states doing it. Get your facts together.

by Anonymousreply 31January 28, 2023 8:32 PM

r29, higher compression ratios, and higher octane gasoline, in addition to computerized ignition retardation, prevents knocking in new car engines now... ultra-precise computer control of retarding ignition is kind of a new thing and was pretty much completely absent in the market when leaded gas was phased out...

by Anonymousreply 32January 28, 2023 8:37 PM

[quote]higher compression ratios,

Mmmm. I like the sound of that.

by Anonymousreply 33January 28, 2023 9:57 PM

@r22, "So what stops engine knocking now? "

They installed doorbells 🙄

by Anonymousreply 34January 28, 2023 10:25 PM

Well I'm not a mechanic so I don't know, R34.

by Anonymousreply 35January 29, 2023 4:57 AM

Tetraethyl lead was used as an additive to increase octane. That is why the lower octane gasoline was called regular and premium gasoline was called ethyl. Tetraethyl lead has been rebased with the cancer causing chemicals ,benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. Since these chemicals can be deadly, our cars must be fitted with catalytic converters. You can take this info to the bank, the info above is gibberish.

by Anonymousreply 36January 29, 2023 5:36 PM

As someone who live in a country that didn’t switch until the 90s I can’t really say there was a difference.

by Anonymousreply 37January 29, 2023 5:39 PM


by Anonymousreply 38January 29, 2023 5:39 PM

in the above post I misspelled replace with rebased

by Anonymousreply 39January 29, 2023 5:39 PM

leaded gas was sold in the US until 1996 along with unleaded.

by Anonymousreply 40January 29, 2023 5:43 PM

^ How did they get the rotten egg smell out of unleaded gas? The stuff wreaked in the beginning 🤢

by Anonymousreply 41January 29, 2023 5:55 PM

These threads, ugh...

PS. R41 It's the sulphur in the petrol that you can smell with unleaded if the catalytic convertor is cold (or old and fucked), once it warms up it oxidises the sulphur (hydrogen sulphide) into sulphur dioxide which is odourless. No catalytic convertors used with leaded, it destroys them.

by Anonymousreply 42January 29, 2023 6:25 PM

Beavis and Butthead liked this sign they saw at a gas station:

"We pump ethyl."

by Anonymousreply 43January 29, 2023 7:02 PM

^ Ok, thanks. You really know your gas 😉

by Anonymousreply 44January 29, 2023 7:03 PM

It was called super in Australia. My vintage V8 ran on it.

by Anonymousreply 45January 30, 2023 10:42 PM
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