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cynicism?

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by norseman, Jul 17, 2017.

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  1. norseman

    norseman Well-Known Member

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    I've been reading adverts for a product known as FTC. From the description it appears to be a re-appearance of the 'tin pellet' gadgets being marketed many years ago, allegedly based on a formula used to improve the performance of aircraft compelled to run on low grade fuel during the second world war.
    Now I am probably the UK's most confirmed cynic but, just out of curiosity, has anyone tried the product or have any informed opinions?
     
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    John S Well-Known Member

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    Never heard of that but curious to know more. Is this for petrol engines I presume? This strays into the gray area of multi fuel engines which in itself is slightly misleading. What does the additive do?
     
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    norseman Well-Known Member

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    According to the advert, displayed in Classic Car Weekly, it's suitable for both diesel & petrol engines & claims to give smoother running plus around 10% fuel economy. Like I said it's an old idea & allegedly consists of base metals, including tin, that you drop into the fuel tank.
     
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    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

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    At 15 mpg if I'm lucky, 10% ain't really worth bothering with

    Col
     
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    wammers STILL BREATHING. Donater

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    Can you provide a link to this product. I would be very sceptical about any such claims. Although i do know that adding mothballs to poor petrol did give some octane improvement in the war years.
     
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    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

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    Mothballs turned petrol into a crude rocket fuel, very effective at giving the engine a boost but wrecked the internals fairly quickly. I dropped a few in our old school bus when I was kid and it gave the teacher who drove it later the fright of his life

    Col
     
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  7. Paul D

    Paul D Old, nackered 'n broke, but the Landy is fine . :) LZIR Despatch Agent

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    I just use veg oil ..or two stroke .. add a bit and it helps the engine (diesel) clean itself. I think it aids mpg, but it definitely aids smoother running and general 'feel' of the engine.
     
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    www.ftcdirect.com
     
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    Bobsticle De Villes Advocaat

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    Oo I like a bit of snake oil o_O
     
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    Doesn't help that the quoted Dr Victor Cunningham PhD etc.. ain't real. And a bit odd that the webpage is a jpeg - to make searching parts a bit harder?
     
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    Bobsticle De Villes Advocaat

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    They may as well say no body knows how god made the earth, he just did so send me £100 for a glass of water and it will enrich your quenched thirst gods way.

    All thirsts are different and will respond to quenching at different rates. The water is completely recyclable and none of its molicules will leave gods earth and therefore last for ever.
     
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    Seems that I'm not the only cynic on here, thankfully ;)
     
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    With the pressure on manufacturers over economy and emissions these days if such a cheap and easy fix gave that result they would fit it as standard and save millions. Was the lab verifying the results the same as VW used?
     
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    The manuf. have either faith in their product or maybe the public's gullibility as the ad has now progressed to full-page :eek:
     
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    Just to add that this product is a load of bull****. There is a 'young chap' on youtube who had a rather 'earthy channel' regards motorbikes and engineering. He is discussing this I some depth and is no fool(like everyone on here!!) This FTC product is a complete sham and is under investigation by Trading Standards at the moment. Despite being advertised in 'car magazines' I wouldn't touch this or any 'snake oil' product without independent verification by certified laboratories.
     
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    The aircraft bit is bollocks. Those engines ran on 150 octane petrol, and to the best of my knowledge the Allied side never got desperately low on stocks of it.
     
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    Many thanks for that info. The investigation result could be interesting ;)
    nb: the half / full page advert. has appeared on a regular basis in Classic Car Weekly.
     
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    Must rush out and get some.......not.......... ;-) A
     
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    I have 2 small strong magnets clamped opposite each other on fuel line just behind webber 4 barrel carb for the last 2 years I have not had to cut fuel down for mot is this just coinstance or does it realy help cant see any diferance in performance 4.6 v8
     
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    Coincidence.

    D'you not think LR might fit a couple of ten magnets if it made any difference?
     
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