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Dear Tom and Ray:


I own a 1973 Dodge Swinger. I use only leaded gasoline. But since leaded gas these days has only a tiny bit of lead in it, should I use one of these bottled lead substitutes?
Mac

RAY: Not to change the subject, Mac. But if ever there was a car that was mis-named, it was the Dodge Swinger. If you pick up the current issue of Nerd Monthly, you'll find that the Swinger is STILL number one in their reader's survey of most desirable cars.

TOM: Yeah. A better name for this car would have been the Dodge Stodge.

RAY: Anyway, Mac, the answer is no. We don't think you should bother with lead additives. First of all, they're expensive. Second, you may not really need them.

TOM: The reason lead was added to gas in the first place was to protect the valve seats. They take a real pounding when the engine runs, and lead softens the blow.

RAY: But who knows? Your valve seats may never wear out. And if they ever do, at worst you'll need a valve job some day.

TOM: So instead of buying lead substitutes, pocket the money and save up for the valve job. If you're really lucky, the car will die before you ever need one. Then you can use the money as a down payment on a nice '78 AMC Concord (which, by the way, is number two on the Nerd Monthly's top ten list).
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