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How many drops to a quart (or liter, as you will)

Posted by 29desoto 
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Wayne Sanders
Outside Otis, OR - in the woods!, USA   usa
1965 MG MGB V6 Conversion "Carmine"
1977 MG MGB "Ole Yeller"
1979 MG MGB "Kermit"
1984 Chevrolet Corvette "The Green Weenie"
1994 Chevrolet S10 "Lil Red"

Built my brand new shop last year, just about now. Been working away on the rat rod, but the engine is not ready for real oil, and since it is a new rebuild it don't leak......yet.

Then I get this '77 MGB, and of COURSE it leaks. Drops all over that virgin concrete. Wipe them clean them absorb them cat litter them. And I haven't added a drop to the engine, its not low!

So, how many drops does it take to make a quart? Anyone spill a full quart of oil on a clean floor?? How big was the spill? Exxon Valdez? Or BP quality??



Wayne Sanders
Rose Lodge, OR

"I don't care to belong to any club that accepts people like me"-joined Willamette Valley Club in 2011

77 MGB - Four tone paint - some kind of electronic ignition - hood props - cheap tires - new springs all around - mixture of poly and rubber bushings - original exhaust - fuzzy seatcovers - stereo out of old F150 pickup - virtually no rust - right front wrecked and semi well repaired - just about right for me!

78 MGB - Done right by a good PO, and I only bought it. Tell Jim how nice it is. But I did put in a Datsun 5 speed.

79/65 MGB - Carmine- V-6 - T-5
95% Done. V-6 is a treat, and the five speed is great.
More to do, but isn't there always?
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Bob .
At, Large, Canada   can

A spoonful of oil spilt on the floor will look like a cupful. It's amazing just how much of a mess a little bit of oil makes. I guess it just spreads well.
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Bean Gawelko
Phoenix, USA   usa
1983 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup 4WD "Cherry - Bomb!"
1988 Suzuki Grand Vitara XV6 AWD "Jurek"

In reply to a post by crustyoldfe A spoonful of oil spilt on the floor will look like a cupful. It's amazing just how much of a mess a little bit of oil makes. I guess it just spreads well.

Well concrete is porous. But a FULL quart of oil, covers an area about 3 feet round pretty well.... Could even say more around 3 1/2 or 4 feet. but it looks like someones motor blew out. Because ive seen spills where 4 quarts hit the road and it will cover quite a chunk of road (my dads paramedic days).
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David Sauer
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA   usa

I spilled about a half quart once, it was MASSIVE.
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Paul Brouillette
Lafayette, LA, USA   usa
1952 MG TD
1973 MG MGB GT "BGT"
1974 MG MGB GT

49,762.5 drops. What do I win?



I spend most of my money on beer, women and cars...... the rest I just waste!

Paul Brouillette
Duson, LA

1969 MGBGT
1974 Porsche 914
1966 Kaiser-Jeep 6x6
1952 MG-TD



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/18/2010 06:09AM by progun.
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Trey Decell
Clinton, Mississippi, USA   usa
1974 MG MGB
1974 MG MGB GT

In reply to a post by progun 49,762.5 drops. What do I win?
Paul, i think that was an Imperial quart... A US quart would be closer to 54,562 drops....



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Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   usa
1968 MG MGC "The Green C"
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"

This could actually be calculated. We use it in pharmacy all of the time.

Water typically has 20 drops per milliliter when released from a medicine dropper.. More viscous liquids have less.

This would be about 18,920 drops of water in a quart of water.



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Ron Weber
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada   can
1972 MG MGB GT "Struggles"
1976 MG MGB "Knute"
2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer "Gray Whale"

Trey, I think you have that backwards, an Imperial quart is larger than a US quart.



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Shawn M
Omaha, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB
1976 MG MGB
1977 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB

In reply to a post by progun 49,762.5 drops. What do I win?

5lbs of kitty litter to soak it up with
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aussie 1968 MK 1
By the Beach, south coast NSW, Australia   aus

I think 10,000 US gallons is a drop a minute for 64 years.

That was the figure I think read on the USS Arizona and its leaking fuel tanks when I there in 2005.

So, you can do the maths for your quart.
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Amity, Oregon, USA   usa
1964 MG MGB
1968 MG MGB GT

Here's someone's chance to be famous! Wiki-answers is looking for someone who know!

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_drops_of_oil_equal_one_quart



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Wayne Sanders
Outside Otis, OR - in the woods!, USA   usa
1965 MG MGB V6 Conversion "Carmine"
1977 MG MGB "Ole Yeller"
1979 MG MGB "Kermit"
1984 Chevrolet Corvette "The Green Weenie"
1994 Chevrolet S10 "Lil Red"

In reply to a post by USAFAVIATOR
In reply to a post by progun 49,762.5 drops. What do I win?

5lbs of kitty litter to soak it up with

It is with great trepidation that I say I don't think five pounds of litter will do the job. I have used half that much, and still haven't added any oil! It could be down a pint, but not all of it is on my garage floor.

Some of it is on the highway, a lot of it is on the bottom of the car, and a fair amount went into my washing machine with my clothes!

Thanks for the fun, folks!@



Wayne Sanders
Rose Lodge, OR

"I don't care to belong to any club that accepts people like me"-joined Willamette Valley Club in 2011

77 MGB - Four tone paint - some kind of electronic ignition - hood props - cheap tires - new springs all around - mixture of poly and rubber bushings - original exhaust - fuzzy seatcovers - stereo out of old F150 pickup - virtually no rust - right front wrecked and semi well repaired - just about right for me!

78 MGB - Done right by a good PO, and I only bought it. Tell Jim how nice it is. But I did put in a Datsun 5 speed.

79/65 MGB - Carmine- V-6 - T-5
95% Done. V-6 is a treat, and the five speed is great.
More to do, but isn't there always?
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Wendell Kelley
Madison, AL, USA   usa

Drip pans would not only save the concrete but would save the oil to put back in the engine. grinning smiley
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James A. Krasnansky
Liberty, KY, USA   usa
1970 MG MGB GT "Chloe"
1971 MG MGB GT "Roscoe"
1972 MG MGB "Camilla"

A "drop" - "gutta" in Latin - is a legitimate measure for medicine. If I recall correctly, the official quantity is "15 or 16 gtt = 1 ml." I am not making this up.



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Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   usa
1968 MG MGC "The Green C"
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"

In reply to a post by Jim K A "drop" - "gutta" in Latin - is a legitimate measure for medicine. If I recall correctly, the official quantity is "15 or 16 gtt = 1 ml." I am not making this up.

Like I said in an earlier post.....

Back in the day, Belladonna Tr, Opium Tr, Digoxin Elixir, etc...were all dosed in drops.

The pharmaceutical abbreviation is: gtt or gtts

This is why I get the big bucks.

spinning smiley sticking its tongue out



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DAVE ENSIGN
CLAVERACK, NY, USA   usa
1961 MG Midget Conversion "MIDGET Aka Woodie"

First,

That is why Pizza comes in boxes.

Second,

My LBC has been dripping for almost fifty years. It holds 4 qts, that
is a lot of drips per qt. I have changed it a couple of times if that counts.

Dave
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