The Word On Ethanol

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Ethanol: DEMONIC OR DIVINE?

In folklore, whenever something mysterious happens it’s blamed on a witch, fairy, or even Bigfoot. In the collector car world, ethanol is often the accused — being denounced for everything from poor drivability to corroding fuel tanks, blocked fuel lines and leaking carburetors. In 2007, Hagerty decided to see if ethanol was truly the arch villain that rendered old cars fuel-leaking garage ornaments. The company partnered with Kettering University’s Advanced Engine Research Laboratory to develop the first test that closely duplicated a collector vehicle’s use cycle, with the goal of finding out exactly how these fuel systems were affected by long-term exposure to low ethanol–blended gasoline. The initial findings might surprise you. More

  • Safe at the Pump?

    E10 won’t stop you from using your collector vehicle, but you’ll have to be more vigilant about fuel system maintenance. Carburetors didn’t turn to d More

  • The Latest on the Ethanol Debate

    It has been a year or so since reports of various fuel-related problems began to trickle into the boating press. Unfortunately, the initial rumors were quickly More

  • Ethanol-blended gasoline: Coming soon to a pump near you

    Lacing gasoline with alcohol (ethanol, commonly called ethyl or grain alcohol) is nothing new. Ethanol fuel blends were used as early as the Model T Ford days, More

  • Living with Ethanol

    How to make blended fuels work with your old car   As if classic car owners didn’t suffer enough with the demise of leaded gas, now we’ve got ethanol to fret More

  • Filling Up on Confusion at the Gas Station

    Whether you have a deep personal connection to your vehicle or consider it just transportation, proper care and feeding is a smart policy. For the most part, co More

If you want to avoid the use of ethanol altogether, this map of ethanol-free fueling stations is a great start: Visit www.pure-gas.org to find a station near you.