prestolite gas

Discuss all things Model T related.
Forum rules
If you need help logging in, or have question about how something works, use the Support forum located here Support Forum
Complete set of Forum Rules Forum Rules

Topic author
Gene
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:45 am
First Name: Condon
Last Name: Story
Location: Nevada, MO

prestolite gas

Post by Gene » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:59 am

when I was a kid we had a model T and dad run the head lights on prestolite gas because you didn't have to clean the acetylene tank after use. I have never heard any body talk about this on the forum. fill me in on what the good and the bad of this. I checked with the local welding supplier and this is still available and they have the tank also

User avatar

ABoer
Posts: 121
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:41 pm
First Name: Anthonie
Last Name: Boer
Location: Klaaswaal NL
MTFCA Number: 19790

Re: prestolite gas

Post by ABoer » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:30 am

Prestolite gas , is that the same as Acetyleen gas ??

Toon

User avatar

Oldav8tor
Posts: 848
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:39 am
First Name: Tim
Last Name: Juhl
Location: Thumb of Michigan
MTFCA Number: 50297
MTFCI Number: 24810

Re: prestolite gas

Post by Oldav8tor » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:39 am

Prestolite pioneered the process of compressing Acetylene gas and storing it in cylinders.
1917 Touring
1946 Aeronca Champ
1952 Willys M38a1 Jeep
1953 Ford Jubilee Tractor

User avatar

Mark Gregush
Posts: 2802
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:57 pm
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Gregush
Location: Portland Or
Board Member Since: 1999

Re: prestolite gas

Post by Mark Gregush » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:51 am

Prestolite was the company that made and supplied most of the bottled gas tanks used on cars and trucks using gas head lights. The gas was/is acetylene compressed and stored in the Prestolite tanks and was made by water dripping on calcium carbide. This is the same gas made in the tanks original used that had to be cleaned. In the case of the question asked, "gas" would not be a Prestolite specific item. https://www.google.com/search?newwindow ... G0Q4dUDCAw
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :shock:

1925 Cut down pickup
1920 Dodge touring
1948 Ford F2 pickup

User avatar

ABoer
Posts: 121
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:41 pm
First Name: Anthonie
Last Name: Boer
Location: Klaaswaal NL
MTFCA Number: 19790

Re: prestolite gas

Post by ABoer » Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:36 am

Tim , and Mark ,
Thank you very much .

Toon


Drkbp
Posts: 148
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:28 am
First Name: Kenneth
Last Name: Parker
Location: Houston, Texas

Re: prestolite gas

Post by Drkbp » Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:11 pm

The tank you're looking for is a 40-cubic foot acetylene "B" tank with the valve offset of center.
I find them mixed in with regular acetylene "B" tanks at the local welding supply houses, Airgas and Praxair.
You can lay these tanks horizontal on your running board with the valve at "12 o'clock".
The tank mounts in either strap type, or forged brackets, attached to the running board.
I use the forged type brackets.... :)

The "good"..... 8-)
The gas is clean and won't foul your burners, light your headlights in about two minutes with no cleanup
when your through driving. Just close the tank valve and the lights go out in about 10 to 15 seconds..done.
The "B" tank lasts twenty-four hours with 3/4 burners. That is a lot of night driving!
Cost to refill a "B" tank is about 1/4th the cost of carbide rocks to create the same amount of acetylene.
I just drive the T over and swap tanks when I need one

Maybe someone can post the strap type that was often furnished by Prest-O-Lite.
Attachments
ONE OF MY SWAPS
ONE OF MY SWAPS
PREST-O-LITE B TANK 1.jpg (44.41 KiB) Viewed 409 times
FORGED TYPE BRACKET
FORGED TYPE BRACKET
PREST-O-LITE BRACKETS 2.jpg (14.26 KiB) Viewed 409 times
FORD COMPANY VEHICLE WITH A "B" TANK IN FORGED BRACKETS
FORD COMPANY VEHICLE WITH A "B" TANK IN FORGED BRACKETS

User avatar

Rich Eagle
Posts: 3308
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:51 am
First Name: Richard
Last Name: Eagle
Location: Idaho Falls, ID
MTFCA Number: 1219
Contact:

Re: prestolite gas

Post by Rich Eagle » Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:31 pm

FWIW "Prest-O-Lite was the breakthrough product that propelled the fortunes of Indianapolis Motor Speedway founders Carl Fisher and James Allison to elite levels."
https://www.firstsuperspeedway.com/arti ... est-o-lite
When did I do that?

Post Reply Previous topicNext topic