Re: Low octane, leaded fuel in 3.5V8 from SD1 in 101...
"David French" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi everybody,
> I'm thinking about my Africa trip, and thoughts turn to petrol.
> My engine is a 3.5V8 from an SD1 - this is the high compression version
> - running on SU HIF44 carbs.
> I've had a punt around on the Internet and in a couple of Africa
> Overland books and it appears I should expect octane ratings of fuels in
> North Africa to be consistently <91 and sometimes <86. Additionally, I
> shouldn't expect to be able to find Unleaded fuel, with leaded being the
> How will this engine cope with this kind of fuel? Does the fact that
> it's a high compression engine make a difference over a standard Rover
Just another point, if you have a CAT, then remove it before the trip as
even running the motor for a few minutes on leaded will wreck the CAT.
something to do with the lead reacting with whatever the catalyst is on the