(85)Chemically Improving Your Gas Mileage in Your Car


What if you could actually improve your gas mileage significantly (5-20%)? Not have to alter your driving habits? Not have to install any extra questionable parts on your car? What if it were as easy to do as 1-2-3?

Well, it is.

For years Big Oil has offered three or so different grades of gas octane 87 regular, 89-90 premium and 91-94 super.These grades are actually based upon a 100 octane scale where the cleanest burning, most ideal fuel was propane (clean burn fuel). But the scale never took into account arromatic petrol compounds and derivatives which can actually surpass the 100 octane mark, some as high as 115-130 octane.

So the object here is to get the engine running the cleanest burning fuel possible, leave less soot and deposits in the combustion chamber and on the valves, clean the injection system, or in older cars the carburetor, not hurt emmisions systems, not void our warranty, and, in the end, get increased gas mileage and increased engine life. Wow, thats a lot. It really isn't, though.

In recent tests it has been proven that arromatic petroleum distillates, alcohol (methyl alcohol), ether, acetone, and toluene can and will do all of these. That is to a point. If you make the fuel mixture too rich you can actually do the opposite. The ideal mixture found that was easiest to obtain and handle was 1-2 ounces of acetone per full tank (acetone can be found at your local hardware store or paint supply shop). This was tested on everything from 4-8 cylinder gas engines to big Cummings diesel engines. The range in increase of fuel efficincy was 5-20% and the average being 9%. It was found if you used 3 or more ounces per tank ful results were the same or worse than without the acetone - the mixture was too rich.

The effects of the acetone were then tested on the fuel line components themselves for resilience and it was found that unlike methyl alcohol (racing fuel) it did not have a caustic effect. Acetone will have a etching effect on paint, plastic headlight lenses, etc... Spills should be wiped up immediately.

So, to make the story short and get straight to the point, if you wanted to add an average of 9% fuel efficiency to your vehicle and do it for less than $.50 per fillup - its as easy as adding 1-2 ounces acetone per tankfull. Thats it - the only problems are Big Oil doesn't want you to know how to save on gas and you may still void you warranty as they now test for gas additives like acetone.

Also, one last note, acetone or any additive that makes your engine more efficient and burn cleaner is better for the environment - less emmissions.

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Written by: David Maillie

(86)Chevrolet Camaro - The Definitive Muscle Car


 The Chevrolet Camaro was a "pony car" introduced by General Motors in 1967 to compete with the Ford Mustang, which by the way was conceived to compete with the Chevrolet Corvair Monza. There are four distinctive generations of Camaro's, 1967-1970, 1970 1/2 - 1980, 1982-1992, and the fourth and final generation was 1993-2009.

The first generation Camaro featured a unibody construction from the windshield to the firewall back and a separate steel frame for everything upfront. The first Chevrolet Camaro was available in both convertible and hardtop styles. There were eighty factory options and 40 dealer options available for the Camaro. The Camaro was offered with engines ranging from a 230 cubic inch six cylinder to a 327 V8.Spray Paint Secrets Video Banner

The first generation SS package was the most popular. It offered a modified 350 cid V8 with an available 396 big block producing 325 hp.

In December of 1966 the famous Z-28 option was introduced. The Z-28 was a base Camaro that came with front disc brakes and power assist and a Muncie 4 speed transmission. The Z-28 also came with broad racing stripes on the hood and trunklid and a competition suspension.

There were minor changes made in the 1968 Camaro such as multi-leaf rear springs. In 1969 the Camaro was redesigned inside as well as outside. The Camaro received a make over including fenders, door skins, grille and taillights to mention only a few. There was a new dash and more comfortable seats. A V8 427 cid was also available.

The second generation of Camaro lost some of it's power due to the tightening emission regulations and a fuel crisis. The 155 hp 250 cubic inch V6 was the standard engine offering. The largest engine available was on the SS mode, a 350 or 375 hp 396 big block V8.

The third generation of Camaro saw the introduction of the IROC-Z, named after the International Race of Champions. Along with unique graphics the IROC featured a Tuned Port Injection that produced 215 hp.

The last year of production for the Camaro was 2009.
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Written by: Ryan Larson

(87)Child taken while sitting in Repossessed car


Common Sense, written by Renee McAbee, 11-17-05 president and CEO of and

Today, I came across an article in the Ozarks local news that had a story based on what the journalist who wrote it heard from the two major people involved, a mother and a recovery agent.

The reporter gives quotes that seemed to be diametrically opposed to each other.

It seems that the mother of a three year child, who is out of work and behind on her car payments, claims that the recovery agent made her child cry when he repossessed her car that had her unattended child (that she left in the car) asleep under a blanket in the back seat. The mother admits to the journalist that she did do this then going inside her boyfriend's residence.

I cannot help but wonder if this mother has been under a rock and missed all the recent local news coverage concerning the sex offender's lists for Greene County. I checked before beginning this article and there are 506 people listed in Greene County on the sex offenders list. Of these 506, 4 are within a few blocks of this mother's boyfriend's house, 1 apparently is on the same street, South Kings Hwy. in Springfield. Sex offenders are not the only people who prey on children, but they are the ones who have been heavily covered in the Greene County media recently. Clearly it must have been very important to her to make this stop. Sometimes as parents we have to stop and ask ourselves what is of utmost importance. For those who have children, which would you leave in the car unobserved, your purse or your child.

What this reporter did not know or find out is how much training and experience some recovery agents go through to ensure the professionalism of themselves and their agency. The particular agent involved is certified through a program called Certified Asset Recovery Specialist or C.A.R.S. Joe Taylor of Matrix Education Systems who is a very well respected as founded this program and an expert witness in repossession related litigation. This certification-training course is rigorous and multi-faceted. It is dedicated to insuring physical safety for everyone involved as being the paramount goal. The recovery is secondary. The agent is taught how to recognize things that any "tow-truck driver" would not even think to check. The agent never wants to put anyone in harms way, the asset is never worth any physical injury to anyone. It is the responsibility of lenders to hire qualified repossession agencies. That is a challenge that repossession companies have stressed to smaller lenders for many years. Lenders are advised to hire only recovery agencies which are insured and certified anything less places your financial interests at risk. Clearly there are many repossession agencies operating on a daily basis who are not properly insured or certified, Midwest Adjusters, Inc. does not appear to be one of those companies.

The recovery agent states that he looked in the windows for a car seat and saw none. He states that the keys were left in the ignition. A spokesman for the local police department has said that the police don't believe there was any wrongdoing on the recovery agency's part.

The mother states she took the keys inside with her yet she admits that she left her child unattended and asleep. Society cannot police moral but clearly someone needs to.

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In addition to owning one of only a few female owned repo companies, Renee is also a licensed Private Investigator in South Carolina and the owner of which is an acronym for Professional Collateral Recovery Agents. Procra is a repossession community housing over 700 members. Procra has an online repo agent directory for lenders to use when searching for a repo agent

Written by: RC McAbee

(88)Choosing a Car Stereo


Choosing a car stereo can be a complicated and difficult task, especially for individuals with little knowledge on the subject. This process requires extensive research in order to determine you are receiving the best deal possible. Before going to a car stereo dealer, you may want to review and understand all the components of a car stereo. This way, you can personally choose which components you would like for your car. The following is a list of the basic components of a car stereo:

  1. Decks - Car stereos cannot function without a deck. A deck constitutes any piece of equipment ranging from cassette decks and CD players to MP3s and mini discs. The deck is considered the glue that holds the car stereo together. The deck controls the overall output of the sound and allows you to control the music being played. All car stereo decks have a minimum 4-channel output for your speakers. If you want more power than what your speakers alone can hold, you may want to consider purchasing an amplifier.
  2. Amplifiers – Amplifiers provide the power needed to blast the music in your car. The more powerful your amplifier is, the louder the sound system is going to be. An amplifier can have anywhere from 1 to 7 channels. The number of channels in your amplifier is the number of speakers you can hookup in a series circuit.
  3. Speakers – Speakers are where the sound from the stereo is emitted. Different types of speakers are designed to produce different frequencies. Higher frequencies provide the capacity for more sound and produce a higher level sound as well. The efficiency of the speakers is what will determine how far the sound will travel. If you want the sound to travel far, you will need speakers with a higher frequency.
  4. Subwoofers – Every high-tech car stereo system should have a subwoofer. Subwoofers complete the sound by providing high efficiency of low frequencies, through the bass. In other words, the subwoofer is the piece of equipment which makes the car vibrate. A subwoofer needs to be enclosed in either a box or possibly the trunk of your vehicle. Keep this is mind when budgeting the cost of your stereo system.

Now that you know the basics of how everything operates, you can ask informed questions as to which components you should have in your car. Amy Barson works as a contributing editor for – a site that offers information on car stereos and car stereo installation.

Written by: Amy Barson

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