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I just put a tank of diesel in my Cougar.

I didn't find out until the car started driving rough and then cut our a few miles up the road. I have left it in the front yard of a friendly stranger to be towed tomorrow.

What am I up for? How bad is this going to get?
 

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Being in the TRUCK RENTAL business for 30 years we had both GAS and DIESEL trucks to rent. This happened to us several times. Our crew would,

1. DRAIN THE TANK.

2. REMOVE THE FUEL LINE AT THE CARB, and THE TANK.

3. BLOW THE LINE OUT.

4. REPLACE FUEL FILTER.

5. REMOVE THE CARB.

6. WORK THE THROTTLE ON THE CARB TO DRAIN FUEL.

7. ADD NEW GOOD FUEL TO CARB INLET, AND PUMP IT THROUGH AS BEST YOU CAN.

8. REMOVE SPARK PLUGS, AND CLEAN OR REPLACE.

9. ADD SOME FUEL TO TANK, AND THEN DRAIN THAT.

10. REPLACE REMOVED PARTS, AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN CLEANED.

11. REFUEL TANK WITH GOOD GAS, AND TREATMENT.

12. START CAR, HOPE FOR THE BEST, NORMALLY SUCH WILL INCUR.


I wish you well.

Dale in Indy

P.S. Others might have different ideas on this, so listen and decide.
 

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My classic automotive consultant (ie my dad's mechanic) recommended the same thing.

My mother recommended not doing it again.
 

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I used to drive a diesel Escort and I couldn't tell you how many times people at the gas stations would freak out because they thought I was doing the exact same thing.

Dale's list sounds like a good plan. Good luck with it.
 

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MUCH Much better than when my father saw a green handle at the BP station and put gasoline in his 7.3 diesel. You have to deal with stuff maybe being a little thick. He had to deal with stuff maybe blowing up!
 

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Would be cool if you there was a modern filler neck that would swap out easy and prevent this problem. So that diesel nozzles won't fit even if you tried. I am assuming diesel nozzles are a different size in Australia too.
 

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I like mom's solution the best!! LOL You gotta be careful at BP stations if you aren't paying attention! The good news is diesel make a good system cleaner.....DOH Bad news is you have some work to do...it'll be ok.
 

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I did the same thing a few years back. Put about five gallons of it in on my way to court. About a mile into the trip I thought I had thrown several rods through the block! I managed to limp the poor cat to the courthouse and right away recognized the smell.

The plus side was that the tank still had about ten gallons of premium in it when I added the thick stuff so it was somewhat diluted.
 

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Thanks everyone.

The car was stuck on the side of the road about 45 mins into the country (not far from where they filmed the last scene from Mad Max - we were heading out in three classics to make a video replicating the final scene when the incident occurred). Anyway, I had to leave it on the side of the road to get the kids home. I then had it towed to a local mechanic. Should be back on the road in a few days.

I am pleased to read that the only other Wally on this site who has done this is also a convertible Cougar driving trial lawyer - good one jshcobra!

And why do things always go wrong on the way to court? I had a client once where nothing I ever did was good enough. He would sit immediately behind me during trial, staring straight at my hind quarter, criticising everything I said and did. It was in that case that I had my best pre-court moment ever - I was bending down to re-load tray three on the photocopier and heard an almighty rip. I then remembered that I chose that day to wear my lucky red undies! I got sweet revenge on my client, though, who got to look at my red undies in court all day long...
 

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Thanks everyone.

The car was stuck on the side of the road about 45 mins into the country (not far from where they filmed the last scene from Mad Max - we were heading out in three classics to make a video replicating the final scene when the incident occurred). Anyway, I had to leave it on the side of the road to get the kids home. I then had it towed to a local mechanic. Should be back on the road in a few days.

I am pleased to read that the only other Wally on this site who has done this is also a convertible Cougar driving trial lawyer - good one jshcobra!

And why do things always go wrong on the way to court? I had a client once where nothing I ever did was good enough. He would sit immediately behind me during trial, staring straight at my hind quarter, criticising everything I said and did. It was in that case that I had my best pre-court moment ever - I was bending down to re-load tray three on the photocopier and heard an almighty rip. I then remembered that I chose that day to wear my lucky red undies! I got sweet revenge on my client, though, who got to look at my red undies in court all day long...
Before I got my Cougar, I had a MustangII Ghia that I had converted to a convertible. One fine summer's day I was on my way to court and blew the return line off of the oil cooler sending a fine spray of oil over the top of the car-- just low enough to catch the top of my head. When I got to the courthouse I went into the mens room and tried wiping the oil from my hair with TP but only succeeded in making myself look like some kind of 50's greaser.
 

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Before I got my Cougar, I had a MustangII Ghia that I had converted to a convertible. One fine summer's day I was on my way to court and blew the return line off of the oil cooler sending a fine spray of oil over the top of the car-- just low enough to catch the top of my head. When I got to the courthouse I went into the mens room and tried wiping the oil from my hair with TP but only succeeded in making myself look like some kind of 50's greaser.



BAWAHH!! Thought that only happened in movies! LOL Jeez - I'm not even gonna mention the dumb stuff I've done - we'd be here all night! Just good to know were not alone.....
 

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Before I got my Cougar, I had a MustangII Ghia that I had converted to a convertible. One fine summer's day I was on my way to court and blew the return line off of the oil cooler sending a fine spray of oil over the top of the car-- just low enough to catch the top of my head. When I got to the courthouse I went into the mens room and tried wiping the oil from my hair with TP but only succeeded in making myself look like some kind of 50's greaser.
That's too funny - I love it! In Australia we still wear wigs to court. I can't get rid of the mental picture of a wig re-styled to look like a rockerbilly quiff!
 

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Wigs would be cool. Can I buy one to put in my office? Here in the USA, our society's aversion to formality and ceremony has pretty much trashed any sense of civility in our courts. Most of my clients come to trials in jeans and dirty t-shirts and think nothing of it.
 
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