I got the text below in an email. I am going to post it on my blog. I have not as yet taken steps to verify the information. Once I have, I will post an update.
*****Update: 6 Feb 2007: The Mythbusters recently took on some gas mileage myths, and found this one actually decreased mileage. The guy who originally sent this to me claims that he gets 40 MGP in his Honda SUV. I still haven't tried it and I actually forgot about it until I went through some older blog posts.*****
Author: Louis LaPointe
Date: April 20, 2005
Questions asked by the common man:
"There is no question things will change. The real question is will the change be for the better or for the worse?"
Where do I find 100% pure acetone?
From a hardware store such as Ace, Menards, K-Mart or Wal-Mart. We buy a gallon can of 100% pure acetone for about nine bucks. We go to the paint section in these stores. The Torco EAL 12-oz. bottle is a good container for acetone. These bottles are excellent containers. Save them. Reagent grade acetone (highest purity) is found at student science centers near universities. It may be found at VWRlabshop.com for such purposes as professional dyno testing or scientific experimentation.
How much acetone do I put into my fuel?
For gasoline we use about three oz. per ten US gallons. Sometimes we use four oz. per ten gal. For diesel we use about two oz. per ten US gallons. That is equal to about 2.5 ml per liter for gasoline and about 1.5 ml per liter for diesel. Any tiny amount is better than none. No engine can deliver good MPG without some acetone.
What kind of mileage increase will acetone give my car?
Normally from 15% to 35% depending on your driving habits and how many of our mileage suggestions you have taken. But we have seen 65% and even higher in Neons. We know an aeronautical engineer in San Jose whose test car went from a baseline of 19.3 MPG to 27. He certified this with his ScanGauge. That is a genuine boost of 27%. Note on a downhill cruise with the gas pedal up, the ScanGauge says the instant reading goes OVER 100 MPG. So it pays to back off on the gas when cruising down hills. We know a Neon owner whose MPG average went from 23 to 44.5 MPG. Normal is over 40 MPG in his 2004 Neon, according to his ScanGauge.
What can the car companies do to increase mileage?
A lot. But they won't because improved MPG results in less engine wear and better engine life. The LaPointe Rule says that ALL the industries that make cars and fuels could easily improve MPG. Certainly the fuel companies could do so in a matter of days. The spark plug guys, the injector companies and of course the lubricants people could all contribute to high MPG if they wanted to.
When did you first start using acetone? Starting in 1953 with my 1948 Hudson. I used acetone as a test ingredient, driving up and down the coast of California. Later I used acetone in a 1939 Chevy going from California to Alabama in 1954. Been at it ever since. I love the absolute smoothness it gives my cars and trucks. Everyone does. Never leave town without it.
What speed gives my car the best mileage?
The one that produces the least waste. This is easy to find with a vacuum gauge you place on your dash. Drive your car at whatever speed gives the highest vacuum reading at cruise. A high manifold vacuum helps to tear apart fuel molecules to vaporize them with air to start an efficient combustion process in the chamber. Learn to back off on your gas pedal briefly as you drive.
Is acetone harmful to my valves? No. What is harmful is late timing or lean mixtures and unburned fuel. But these first two conditions generally disappeared when they put in computers to manage your engine settings. The harm of acetone is one of the myths being passed around to naive listeners by Big Oil. No valve has ever been hurt simply by using a tiny bit of acetone in gasoline or diesel fuel. Acetone is good for engines.
Have any car companies accepted the use of acetone in the gas?
Maybe Toyota because I am told the Prius gets 62-63 MPG with acetone used per my website hints. They seem proud of that fact. I was further told they do NOT approve of alcohol in the gasoline. Neither do boat mechanics whose clients constantly complain about the problem with alcohol. Many car companies seem hell-bent against good mileage. Owners of Neons claim the best increase in MPG that I have read in my Email BUT after 2005, the economical Neon is being discontinued because it gets too much MPG.
Can acetone reduce the wax crystals that form in gasoline in cold weather?
Yes. Those strings form when cold. They need to be dissolved better in the fuel with acetone. Ice crystals can also form and damage parts but acetone greatly helps with that problem too. Acetone also helps with varnish, shellac and gums that form in diesels from cheap biodiesel fuels that are becoming popular. And of course acetone helps with ethanol problems.
Can acetone improve starting in very cold climates?
Absolutely. You notice easier starts and better throttle response. The MPG in cold weather is notoriously bad but acetone helps so that highway speeds become steady with just a slight touch on the gas pedal.
Will acetone harm my pistons or other engine parts?
Absolutely not. Gasoline never gets to the pistons with acetone in the right amount because nearly all the fuel evaporates and burns like it is supposed to. Without acetone, fuel will certainly wash the rings and pistons. You see clean tail pipes with acetone. Sooty black tail pipes are the norm without it.
Would acetone melt plastic or neoprene parts like in fuel pumps or fuel hoses?
That comes from the oil companies, I believe. There are false rumors we have contradicted over and over. We have dozens of such parts soaking outside for months in various solutions of gasoline with up to 10% acetone which is several hundred times too much. No damage so far.
What does acetone do for emissions?
This is a real success story. Unburned hydrocarbons drop dramatically with acetone. This is true for both gasoline and diesel, ending soot problems. Black smoke truly disappears when acetone is used in diesels.
What cars and for how long did you drive them with acetone in the fuel?
Listing only the very longest lived: 1956 Chevy/Chrysler for 130,000 miles, 1964 Ford Econoline van for 567,000 miles, 1982 Plymouth Champ for 190,000, 1990 Caravan for 180,000 and a 1995 Neon has gone 140,000 and is still going strong. All delivered excellent mileage and dependability on acetone.
Why have we not heard of common mileage additives before now? They have been suppressed by every means possible. Acetone alone could cost the oil industry billions. But with acetone, those billions could remain in YOUR pockets and purses. You are going to hear a lot more about acetone in the near furure.
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