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Old 09-30-2002, 05:39 PM
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Amoco"white" gas - fact or fiction?

I did a search and couldn't really find this topic.

I've been lead to belive that the Amoco Premium "white" gas or "clear" gas is the best on the market.

The reason I say is that when dealing with outboard motors I always was told to run double oil and ONLY Amoco Premium in all new or rebuilt motors for the first 50 hours or so. Even in older motors, I could let them sit all winter and the carbs would stay clean, the motor would crank right up each spring, hardly ever fouled plugs unless the power-pack or coils went bad.

Is this fact or fiction in regards to today's cars? (we've got a '96 E320).

If so, why don't other oil companies sell "clear" fuel?
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Old 09-30-2002, 05:45 PM
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I've heard that it comes in a separate pipeline from the other premiums...not sure if this is true or not.

But, my CE runs better on Texaco 93 than any other, including the "white gas". I can't expain it
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Old 10-01-2002, 02:27 PM
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More old tales of past marketing successes .... remove lead (and/or other stuff) and ya get .... clear gas!

Cool way to differentiate your product from competitors ... hope the father of this got his payoff!
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Old 10-01-2002, 02:39 PM
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The above are only partly correct -- more details:

Back in the '60s, when most gas was leaded, Amoco had this special super premium which was not leaded and was therefore safe for some uses where leaded was not, and it also was much less likely to foul plugs in motors which had a severe plug fouling problem, such as the early Porsche 911 (I had a late '66 for a while in the '70s) and Ferrari V12 motors of the pre-smog control era, so it was much sought after by owners of high-performance machinery, including modified American "super" cars. I doubt that it would be any different from the current 93 octane unleaded in practical applications, if it were still on the market, except that some of the other additives that Amoco used instead of lead have now been banned, too.

Addendum: Amoco's early unleaded premium is NOT the same as the "white gas" meant for lanterns, camp stoves, and torches, which was a form of light distillate, similar to the cheap fuel sold for specially equipped farm tractors during the Depression and WWII years. It was almost as dangerous to use the Amoco premium for those purposes as any other gasoline because of the explosion danger and the other additives.

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Old 10-01-2002, 04:10 PM
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Well, then, are other fuels "clear"? Why does Amoco put the glass and the little balls on their pump handles and no one else does?
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Old 10-01-2002, 04:33 PM
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