Picture a trucker hauling produce north from Florida. Last fuel stop in South Carolina. Entering Maine at oh dark thirty and below zero and goes slower and slower until he's parked on the shoulder. Filter change and the 911 treatment to get him going. Plus all he had was a light weight jacket for outside.
Or picture a young ambitious tow truck driver from KY in a Cabover Midliner Mack tow truck that the owner told him. "The engine returns warm fuel to the tanks, so it'll be fine."
Up in the middle of nowhere near a little town called Hawk Lake, Ont. in mid January just did a swap out. (took our customers good tractor up to driver that had wrecked one)
Got up there fine, switched trucks fine, jumped in SUPER COLD Mack very very cold from idling about 2 hrs while I froze switching trucks.
Took off down what was called a hwy (I really think it was a path thru a field) and the truck started getting more and more sluggish! (never was a power house, after all it was a midliner!)
Pulled into a mom & pop grocery that had gas pumps and headed inside. An old man come out and said. "Quick son let's put some petro
in that thing before it dies!"
As he stuck the GAS hose in it I was trying to protest between the frozen chattering of my teeth & body that it was a diesel. After he put about 5-7 gallons in, it started smoothing out and picking back up RPMs.
He just smiled at me, never said a word, grabbed my arm and drug me inside beside the ol' woodstove while he poured me some hot coffee.
As soon as I was able to stop shivering enough to sip the coffee and fmy face unfroze I thanked him and then asked "I thought you weren't supposed to put gasoline in a diesel"
He laughed and said "Well maybe, but ya ain't supposed to come up the great white north with out winter blend fuel, and proper winter out door gear either, eh."
Learned a valuable lesson there I did! Nope no Canada for me in the winter!