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Ok, my neighbor commented how it would be easy to put sugar in the gas tank of a GT - with the filler neck facing straight up. I've heard of this prank, but what the heck would happen?
 

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yea some jackass at school asked me if my car runs on sugar, now im worried about that.....for his sake. I believe that it will kill the fuel pump, practically ruin the gas tank because you will never get all of it out, if it does get past filters and gets past the carburator it will very quickly glaze the cylinder walls and carbonize the heads and everything. the only solution will result in assault and battery.
 

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When I was in high school the autoshop teacher took us out in the middle of nowhere and showed us the ping pong ball trick. You cut a hole in the ball and fill it with crystal drano then put masking tape over the hole. Then drop in into the tank and wait. The gas eats the glue for the tape and the drano ignites the gas. No telling how long it will take for the tape to give up so it is a bit risky. Newer tanks meant for unleaded have too small of an inlet for this to work. He was the same teacher that let us try the R for race on Vega auto transmissions.
 

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OHH YEA....talk about scary I've seen that done before the back of the car came off the ground about a foot when the gas tank was explosively "detached" from the bottom of the trunk. the tank only had about a gallon of gas in it, if it was full there may not have been a fire because there was no o2/fume mix in the top of the tank.
 

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If I remember correctly, sugar will turn to a brown crystal-like substance and plug up the internals of the carb. Which of course causes alot of problems. Like was stated, if it happens, kick some ass.
 

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anyone have an extra locking gas cap forsale :( Right now mine has a non locking generic gas cap.

Kind of funny that this thread started, I had a dream that I found a box like 4 times bigger than a shoe box filled with nos locking opel gas caps in little tiny boxes.....there were more than 50, cruel dream immediatly the next morning I went out to the shop hoping that it wasn't a dream :cool:
 

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Sugar (sucrose) is soluble in water and pyrimidine (C4H4N2) and it is not soluble in hydrocarbons (gasoline). This suggests that sugar granules in the gasoline will accumulate and mechanically clog up the small orifices in carburetors and injectors and/or the sugar will dissolve in what ever small amounts of water it encounters in the fuel tank or fuel filters and form a thick syrup which will also will clog up the very small fuel atomizers. So even small amounts of sugar the gasoline will eventually be accumulated and clog up the small orifices!

I have heard the only way to correct this is a complete rebuild, overhaul, etc of the engine, carburator, and fuel delivery system.

Insurance will cover this if everything is well documented AND you have Physical damage. You might want to check with your insurance agent to verify this, depending on what was said.

Document the comments stated and by whom. THEN, if anything does happen, the authorities and possible the insurance company will go after them for reimbursement of any damage.
 

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Try OGTS for you Nos gas cap. I Got mine From Opels Unlimited for $160, OGTS had them for $170 If I had know it would take three months to get it from Unlimited I would have ordered it from OGTS.
 
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