I’ve recently (upgraded?) from a 2001 Honda Civic to a 1978 Ford Ranchero and the one thing that is really getting on my nerves is fueling it up. The gas gauge is currently broken, so I can’t go by that. The problem, I believe, is with these newfangled vapor guards that older cars were just not made to put up with. If I try to feed it like I would my Honda one of two things happens
- The vapor guard immediately clicks off and stops pumping
- massive amounts of gasoline spill onto the side of my car, the ground, my pants and shoes, and I am too paranoid to smoke a cigarette for an hour or so
The only consistent way of gassing that I’ve found is to hold the nozzle upside down, pressed in as deep as possible, and barely hold down the trigger. If I try to pump any faster than 1 gallon every 2-3 minutes it will either click off or make my socks all soggy with flammables.
Does anyone know of a solution or trick to get around this? Should I just pop off the vapor guard and hope that they don’t catch me?
The only thing that I can think of is to use a gas tank as an intermediate, and since the technology behind a bucket with a funnel hasn’t changed very much since 1978 they generally work pretty well, but it doesn’t really stop me from taking half an hour to fill my tank.
Any input would be much appreciated