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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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storing a car: empty or full

I've put my 1963 220S on blocks for the winter while I do some projects. I've heard several opinions about leaving the fuel system empty or full. My local ethanol-free gas provider said they won't get a shipment until May. Should I risk the condensation-induced corrosion or the separation and destruction of ethanol in my fuel lines?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 05:24 PM
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I thought of this when I just put my finny away for the winter. After reading a recent post on ethanol gas, I decided to leave a full tank but run the carbs dry by disconnecting my electric fuel pump until it stalled.

If you have a mechanical fuel pump, you could clamp the supply line and achieve the same result.

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Fill up your tank and add some fuel stabilizer. Take it from me - a rusted gas tank, fuel pump and lines are a bitch to sort out
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Seems like thier will be fuel in the lines (system) weather the tanks full or empty. I store my cl and antique car full of fuel for the winter with stabil, which is the convential thought, haven't had any issues. Also I never run the engine in the garage as many do as I am convinced running the engine without the load of driving adds moisture to the engine and exhaust system.
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I've been storing my '67 beetle for about 6 years, and I use Stabil Marine. I have not had any trouble in the spring.

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