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Author Topic:   Alky through the winter?
Rat Trap
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 129
posted October 12, 2004 08:40 PM  
We have probably 30 gallons of Alky left in our jugs and fuel cell. I put fuel stabalizer in my boat, motorcycle and lawnmower for the winter, I was wondering do you put anything in the alky to keep it good, or will it stay good without anything? Thanks

jlfastride
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 135
posted October 12, 2004 08:48 PM  
put it in a plastic drum, placed up off of a concrete or any other floor surface. stabilize the temp within reason and enjoy. tia. jl

sdracer12
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted October 12, 2004 10:36 PM  
Absolutely right on jlfastride. Remove all the alky from the car and the cell, and put back in a plastic drum. If the drum stays airtite and sealed so no moisture gets to it, and you follow the directions in the prev. post, it will be fine to use next spring.

One question though, what do all of you use in your fuel pumps, Carbs, fuel lines, etc. to preserve them over the winter?? We flush and fill the lines, pump, and the carb with Automatic Tranny Fluid. I then put each component in plastic bags and seal. Anybody use anything better than ATF?

[This message has been edited by sdracer12 (edited October 12, 2004).]

37mod
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted October 13, 2004 06:26 AM  
I myself usually use wd40 and have had no prob. Been doin it for years and have had good luck with nothing getting corroded or stuck.

juliaferrell
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted October 13, 2004 09:42 AM  
wd40 has worked fine for me.

paulickr
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 110
posted October 13, 2004 10:45 AM  
WE JUST CAP THE STEEL DRUM TIGHT AND IT GOOD, AS FAR AS THE CARB AND FUEL PUMP GOES. BEFORE I REMOVE EVERYTHING FOR THE WINTER I JUST REMOVE THE FUEL AND RETURN LINES FROM THE FUEL CELL THEN PUT THEM INTO A JUG OF UNLEADED FUEL AND START THE MOTOR I RUN IT UNTIL IT FLOODS OUT AND THATS ALL I NEED TO DO TO FLUSH AND LUBE.

dirtbuster
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 2007
posted October 13, 2004 11:36 AM  
Over the winter i would drain the fuel system. Then run ATF through the KSE by hand and take the bowls off the carb and spray it down with wd40 or similar. Same with the regulator.

When I had access to a gas carb I would swap carbs change out the fuel then run it on gas for a few minutes so that the whole fuel system was flushed and also the engine wouldnt be left dry by the alky. Then use fogging oil on the engine before putting it away for winter.

WE always tried not to have a lot of alky left in the drums. IT will collect moisture over the winter. If we did have any lfeft we would try to mix it with fresh alky over time so that it could dilute it a little bit. Would be best to store it in a temp stable room though.

spde
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 243
posted October 18, 2004 03:07 PM  
You sould not use metal drums with methonal. It does draw moisture and with metal drums that doesn't work to well. It doesn't matter if the drums aren't coatted they will rust up. Thus messing with the fuel. Drums swell and srink all winter with the air changes, so watch where you put them. I do not recomend putting them in the garage off of a house!! Your home owners ins. may not cover any problems you have. Use a plastic drum and make sure the lids are tight. Remember whatever you put in your carb you have to get out, most oils will not mix with methanol. I usaully dry it out and dont put anything in the carb. I just rebuild the pumps each year. I've ran the same carb for 5 years now. ltr spde

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