Volume III, Issue 5, Page 18

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

e have witnessed the ongoing rebirth of performance in Detroit, something that a lot of geezers like me thought would never come around again. Never mind how it all went down the first time, the thing is we’ve got a second chance now, a second time that will likely be the high-performance end-all for the V8 piston engine world-wide. The probable scenario is that the icon will indeed remain but be available only in very high-end cars.  The rest of the industry will do with charge-air four- and six-cylinder engines, relative gas-sippers, ones with a smaller displacement than a V8 but with just as much power.

And just about the time gasoline becomes a very rare, very expensive commodity, the National Amp Rod Association will be hot stuff, providing a shining path to power without pistons or  emissions…or the sound that rejuvenates us every time we hear it. Yup, that last one would be very problematic. Hot rodders being what they are, a cognitive group of over-achievers who still want to beat the other guy every chance they get, thinking like this produces endless results. You know this will all happen as surely as the earth orbits the sun.
For the time being, here’s what all of us must do. I don’t care if you don’t care how much gas costs. We have to come together on this to save our socially unacceptable hobby. More than a month ago, my wife forwarded me an email from a woman friend of hers.

To wit: I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline, but here in California we are paying more than that [unless you live in Manhattan], up to $4.00 per gallon. My line of work has been in petroleum for about 31 years.

At the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA, we deliver approximately 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period through the pipeline. One day is diesel; the next day is jet fuel, and the next is gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34 storage tanks with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. Here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon.

All service stations have storage tanks buried below ground. Fill your car or truck only in the early morning while the ground temperature is still cold. The colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. The specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol, and other petroleum products play an important role. When the ambient temp rises, the fuel expands, so when you buy it in the afternoon or in the evening when the ground is warmer, your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In this business, a 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal, but service stations do not provide temperature compensation at the pump.

When you're filling up, don’t squeeze the nozzle trigger to the fast-fill mode. By pumping in slow mode you’ll minimize the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank, so you're getting less for your money.

One of the most important things is to fill up when your gas tank is half empty…or half full depending on your outlook. The more gas you have in your tank, the less dead air is occupying the empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine, so pipeline storage tanks have an internal floating roof that serves as zero-clearance between the gas and the atmosphere and minimizes the evaporation, unlike service stations. Where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is the exact amount.

If there is a truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, do not fill up. Most likely, the gasoline is being stirred up as it is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Gas rationing in the 70's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor by boycotting their gasoline and diesel. Avoid putting more billions into their coffers. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends. Buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis.

These companies import Middle Eastern oil:
(figures are in barrels)

Shell........................... 205,742,000

Chevron/Texaco......... 144,332,000

Exxon/Mobil............... 130,082,000

Marathon/Speedway...117,740,000

Amoco...........................62,231,000

Citgo comes from South America and a dictator who hates Americans.

The following companies do not import Middle Eastern oil: Sunoco, Conoco, Sinclair, BP/Phillips, Hess, and ARCO.  All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each company is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing. At the long-ago $30/barrel, the above imports amounted to more than $18 billion! Oil is now more than $100 a barrel.

Maybe you should send this link to all your pals.