Siphon gas from a 1991 Ford E150

Its been a little wet here in California lately. Generally that’s a good thing. We can sure use the water. But it did present a bit of a problem for my new tow vehicle, or at least I thought it might have. Here’s the situation I ran into last week after some torrential rain.

My 1991 Ford E150 has been running great since I had it tuned up. But I’ve been wanting to check the gas mileage, and since its not my daily driver, it has taken awhile to run the gas out of the van. Finally, last weekend, I had it down to half a tank, and my plan was to fill it up this week to see how many gallons it took. Well, on Monday it had rained a good deal, and that delayed a lot of my weekend plans. Including filling up the van.

On Wednesday when I went out to start the van the gauge read totally full. Like, completely full. Since I had yet to put gas in it I figured it must have gotten water in the tank. Like, half a tank of water… not good. I drove it to the gas station, and tried to fill it up just to make sure it wasn’t just the gauge that was broken. Nope, totally full. Again, not good. So now I figured that the only thing to do was to remove some of the gas to see what I was dealing with.

Here’s how I siphoned gas out of the Ford E150. I took a fuel transfer pump from Harbor Freight, and put the intake hose down the mouth of the fuel filler neck. This was pretty easy as the red hose on the pump is fairly stiff, but still relatively thin. I tried a bigger gauge, but I couldn’t get it past the anti siphon device about 2 feet into the neck. The internet says that there is a ball valve there that has a very small hole. But the red hose went in just fine. I pumped some gas out, but that was going to take forever. If I had a longer hose of the same gauge, I would have used that, but since I didn’t, I snaked some ¼ inch hose that you use for a garden irrigation system down the hole. That hose goes very nicely into the air filler adapter on the fuel transfer pump, and you can use the pump to start a siphon. The ¼ inch hose then siphons the gas into a 5 gallon jerry can. It should flow out at about the rate of 3 beers consumed per gallon of gas siphoned… slow as hell.

Well, I tested the gas with some water finding paste, and nothing. I guess the gas is fine. The gauge then showed that some gas had been removed, but the next day it showed full again. So either I have gas gremlins leaving me free gas, or something is fouled up.

No matter. We try to sail on Saturday to start the 2017 season!

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