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How To Siphon Gas From A Car?  
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6707 times:

Hello all,

Odd question, but anyways, here goes. My old 95 Camaro is broken for good  Sad (just gonna sell it to get rid of it), but problem is, I filled er up with Premium gas right before she broke down on me...and I want that gas! That's 26 bucks for a whole tank!

How's the best way to get all that gas out? I though of just buying a tube and sucking/siphoning it out of the tank (14 gal, so it'd be alot), or maybe disconnecting the fuel lines from the low fuel filter, and let it drain out? Any ideas, any products out there for this?

Thanks guys  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
DeltaGuy

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 2003, 14089 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6700 times:

Using a long hose and sucking it until it runs works, but I got a mouthfull of petrol once when I was trying to empty a leaking car tank. It tastes horrible!

Jan


User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6667 times:

My old 95 Camaro is broken for good

Damn. Thats not even 10 years old and already broken for good?

Guess it was for the better.  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6651 times:

Flight152,

Okay okay, I'll admit I set myself up for that one. It's not a perm. downer, but I did spin/throw a poston rod....and I don't have the time or patience to fix er AGAIN...hell, I drove it hard till 117,500 miles...guess 6 cylinders wasn't good enough  Big grin It's that damn 3.4L moter I tell ya.

Come check back with me in 10 years about my new one (LS1 5.7 V8)..it'll be kickin stong  Big thumbs up

Any more gas siphoning tricks?

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6642 times:

hell, I drove it hard till 117,500 miles

Thats not very much. Hell KIAs last around 100K miles. Puts things into prespective.

I've seen Volvos and Mercedes still running great with 250K


User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6638 times:

Some gas stations/hardware stores and places that sell kerosene heaters you can find a device which is a basic suction/siphon pump. In its original form I'm not certain it would efficiently reach into the gas tank, but it could most probably be easily modified to do so by adding a more flexible hose to the sucking side (the rigid vertical shaft in the picture).
At less than 5 dollars it is cheaper than a tank of gas, but more expensive than using your mouth. But my experience with using my mouth also tends to end with a mouthful of something I don't particularly like.
It looks like this


[Edited 2004-04-26 03:39:46]

[Edited 2004-04-26 03:42:07]

User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6627 times:

I don't think it's the mouthful of gas that's so bad, it's the burping you get for the rest of the day........ :P


"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6614 times:

Jessman, thanks! Big grin Will check out home depot tomorrow, I'd have to go down there to get a length of tubing anyways..and a bucket.

Goose....I guess I'll have to stay offa the cigars for a bit?  Big grin If the tube's long enough, I should be able to suck and then get offa it before the petrol comes near my mouth?

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6608 times:

Umm, you don't have to SUCK all 14 gallons out!

Get either a 20 gallon jug, or 4 5-gal. cans and a clear hose. You'll need a small ammount of gas in the can to start with. Start sucking until you get gas almost all the way to the end of the line, then stick it in the can, make sure it's below the bottem of the fuel tank and that the other end of the hose is in the bottem of the tank.

Gravity will let it flow all to the lower tank. The other option would be to first, releave the pressure in your fuel line. There should be what looks like a tire's valve stem on your fuel rail. Release the pressure. Disconnect your fuel filter, put a piece of rubber fuel hose on the tank end, and the other in a large container. Then turn the key to "ON", that will turn the fuel pump on, just use that to pump the fuel out of your tank.




Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
User currently offlineUnited4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

Get a clear plastic tube, our local home depot has them for like 50 cents a yard, and that way you dont suck it in your mouth. Yuggghhh....

User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

A clear tube helps avoid a lot of the problems. Even if you get a little in your mouth, and you swallow a fraction of that, your breath still smells of gas for a long while. Ugh.

Needless to say, I've siphoned more than my share of vehicles when working on a farm, on the ramp and elsewhere. I've also downed enough gas in my time to not want to do it again.....




"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6309 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Any decent auto parts store has a siphon bellows that will safely start the process, it costs about $3.00.

Forget the taste of the gas, you could well die if you siphon the old fashioned way and make a small slip.

Illini_152 has the best solution though. For about $1.50 you can get a barb and 10 feet of fuel line and treat the Camaro as a gas station with no danger.

I hope you keep your foot off the throttle a little better on the new car.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

Thanks guys...gonna try this tomorrow night, I'll either go to Home Depot and get 10 feet of clear tubing, or go to Auto Zone and get 5 feet of fuel line, I'm thinking the fuel line method will pull most all of the gas out of the tank, though I have to leave a little bit for the poor sap who wants to buy it and put er back together (yes, found a buyer)

Yes ImissPiedmont, I'll keep my feet off the big pedal on the new one..with 325-350 HP at my disposal, I bairley touch it and it's airborne--kinda nice, sure is a keeper Big grin

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6550 times:

Forget the taste of the gas, you could well die if you siphon the old fashioned way and make a small slip.

Bah, no sense of adventure.....  Big grin



"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

That's 26 bucks for a whole tank!

Hmmm, me thinks thats quite cheap.


User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6524 times:

I have to leave a little bit for the poor sap who wants to buy it and put er back together (yes, found a buyer)

Don't forget, if you use the fuel pump, that your fuel pump is submerged in the tank, and cooled by the fuel. Running the tank dry, especially on an old pump, will seriously shorten it's life. You really wouldn't want to need to replace the thing right before you sell it. Let the other poor sap worry about that .

--
Mike



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6499 times:

Mike,

Roger that...will leave some in there for him. I know the tank's just above full, so if I can get 12-13 gallons out, there'll be a little bit left for him. I have tasted gas before, it aint worth a second go...I'll use a clear tube for sure (if I siphon)

And 26 bucks for a tank of gas is terrible..it's premium unleaded, and a year ago it woulda costed 20 bucks...up in Seattle back in 98 timeframe, premium was like 1.10, Regular 88cents...ahhhhh the days....so that tank would have costed under $20, with enough room on an Andrew Jackson to buy a coke.

Thanks Guys  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
DeltaGuy


User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6494 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6483 times:

A man living not too far away from here did as MD11Engineer described in reply #1. Just to get some gas on his lawn mover.

That was ten years ago.

The worms have been eating his body six feet underground for 9 years, 364 days, 23 hours and 56 minutes.

It all depends on the value of your life. Greater than $26 or...?

Jessman is right.

Get liquid gas into your lungs and you are off this forum for good.

I heard that in West Virginia people talk strangely, but luckily they don't talk too much. Anyway two West Virginia farmers were out one spring ploughing their fields. They met at the fence and one farmer asked the other one:
"What did you give your horse when it had podagra?"
"Turpentine".
The next day they met again when ploughing their fields. And the second farmer said:
"My horse died when I gave it turpentine".
"Mine too".



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6462 times:

Oh, I remember the days of cheap gas; I had just started driving and I could fill my tank with a 10 spot most times! Lowest I ever paid was .75/gal. Now I'm looking at 1.85 is the cheapest around here for regular. Hell, I remember when I could get 100LL for 1.85/gal!

Question though, does the 3.4 in a Camaro need premium? I thought they ran fine on 87. I can't believe they put such a tiny little thing in a Camaro though, my FWD Regal got the 3800 fer cryin' out loud! The least they could've done was give her a 4.3 for the V6. Glad to hear you're going with the real motor this time though  Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6459 times:

Illini_152,

You bet...I miss the days of my old volvo taking less than 10 bucks to fill..ahhh it takes away the fun of cruising.

As for the Camaro, the V6 didn't necessarily require 93 gas, but I was feeding it to it as the mileage was getting high, it needed that extra kick...plus here in Jacksonville, there's a couple of stations that will do Plus/Premium same price weekends, so that makes me get that, when it's the same price as plus.
The 3.4 was TERRIBLY underpowered for such a heavy car...my 5.7 isn't terribly much heavier, but it gives you so much more power than you'd believe. The 1995 Camaro was the first to offer the 3.8 as well, and 96-on it was the 3.8 standard...I just got shafted, that's all  Big grin And yes, I'm happy to be a real man and have that all-balls engine...even though it guzzles the gas!

Working on the fuel thing tomorrow, gonna drop by home depot in a few minutes.
DeltaGuy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

but problem is, I filled er up with Premium gas right before she broke down on me...and I want that gas! That's 26 bucks for a whole tank!

Camaros run on unleaded. Why did you put premium in it? Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Maybe that's why it broke  Big grin



Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offlineBruno From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 853 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6427 times:

Gasoline theft is becoming a big problem here in Brooklyn since gas is so expensive.

DeltaGuy
My old 95 Camaro is broken for good
It's that damn 3.4L moter


That engine is not meant for racing. That engine was also used in the Buick Centery and Chevy Cavalier. Not exactly a race car.
The Camero with a V6 is NOT a sports car. It's only a sports car in name. YOu must get the 5.7 liter V8 in order to race.


I drove it hard

You dirty pervert!  Pissed  Laugh out loud



I support the women’s movement up and down!
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6426 times:

Bruno,

I know, I know....I drove it like it was the 5.7, and it gave me shit in return...ahhh I love my new one, I drive it like a V8 and I get V8 out of it  Big thumbs up

DeltaGuy


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