Re: Minimum octane for Windsor class engines?
Yep... my rusting '89 5 sp. Tempo gets between 28-33, and the a/c works.
It's approaching 200,000, been backed into twice, is not much faster
than the Escort, but comfortable (for me anyway) and cruises at 70 just
fine. I could care less if people think badly of me because of my car...
> My beater 87 Escort with the 1.9L gets 32mpg. It's ugly, it still has
> deer hoof prints in the radiator fins (the grill went first), it's
> slow.... but it only cost me $500 and it's sure cheap to run. I just
> wear sunglasses and a big floppy hat, and park way out in the boonies
> where nobody will recognize me.
> On Sat, 05 Mar 2005 05:49:21 GMT, Wound Up <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>With gas prices headed for the $3 mark for the summer, what's the
>>>lowest recommended octane rating for 289/351W engines? I know... the
>>>lowest I can use without knock, but would like to know what is
>>>actually recommended. Thanks.
>>I can retard the timing on my 8.75:1 302 4v to 5-6deg initial, using a
>>curve that gives full advance by 3500, and cannot use regular unleaded
>>without a ping somewhere in there (at 550 ft. elevation).
>>However, it is always set for 10-12 deg. initial, with full advance by
>>about 2800. I run 89, and time it for 89 by ear. I get better mileage
>>with a more aggressive timing curve. More vacuum, and better response.
>> $30 for 200 miles sucks, but it could be worse..
>>Whaddyouwant for 8 carbed cylinders......
>>When gas prices spike, I drive the beater more, thassall
>>>Hey! Spikey Likes IT!
>>>1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
>>>Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior
>>>Vintage 40 Wheels 16X8"
>>>w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A Radial 225/50ZR16
> Hey! Spikey Likes IT!
> 1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
> Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior
> Vintage 40 Wheels 16X8"
> w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A Radial 225/50ZR16