Something interesting has happened...
A few weeks ago..late one night, I pulled into a Shell
Service Station to obtain some lovely Leaded/Super petrol (well - what Shell calls leaded - which is actually their "half-lead").
But there was none
...instead, they had a new fuel, "no-lead"..(lets not get confused with Optimax..it aint that)..and no..I am not talking "Unleaded"...this "new" fuel has been made for pre 80's cars.. I asked the guy behind the counter if it was ok for my car, he said "it was made for your car...it is the replacement for the "half-leaded" we have previously had" (eyeing of my excellent 1973 holden as he spoke)...so..I put in..
BIG MISTAKE!! dont be fooled...I have never had my car run so bad..I ended up running it dry and going straight to Mobil...filled it with some nice strong leaded petrol..and my car has returned to it former purring self.
The question that is nagging me is:
What are we going to do in a few years, when they eventually stop making leaded petrol? Is it going to be a case of *mix it yourself at home* to run our beautiful old cars...or do you think some oil companies will still retain good old leaded petrol? and if so, at what cost? gotta tell you guys, I am beginning to worry...
Let me know what you think.