<VV> Gasoline gasolene?

kenpepke at juno.com kenpepke at juno.com
Fri Jul 5 09:07:25 EDT 2013

Indeed they did!  A rotating knob with a pointer on the side would select grades 190 to 260 … BUT … next to that knob was a button that, when pushed, allowed you to turn past the 260 level to the octane concentrate only for a real kick :-)  The ole 'D' gas Anglia (302 Chevy), while not a really consistent runner, always did run noticeably faster on the concentrate at the Detroit Dragway.

The 190 grade was Sunoco's 'sub-regular' level, 200 was regular and the numbers went up in increments of 10 to 260 which was their super octane.  Think they may have skipped 210 and 250.  Octane numbers were available  at the pump … in the method or rating at that time.

Ken P
Wyandotte, MI
65 Monza 110hp 4 speed 2 door
Worry looks around; Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.


On Jul 4, 2013, at 9:58 PM, Charles Fregeau <n5hsr at sprynet.com> wrote:

> Didn't Sonoco have one of the first of these, where you could blend 2 grades
> to get 6 or 8 distinct price points?
> Charles Fregeau
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> The big push for the single hose pumps is they are typically "blender" 
> pumps.
> A blender pump just uses two tanks, one lowest octane, the other the highest
> octane. The pump then blends the two together if a mid grade is selected.
> Saves infrastructure, as only two tanks/system are needed instead of three.
> Or one could blend many different octanes to confuse the average motorist!
> See picture linked below.
> Frank DuVal
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