Fueling Your Old Diesel from a Fuel Container

Try to do this without spilling fuel on your car and all over the ground!

Fueling your old diesel from a "jerry can" can be frustrating and usually ends up with fuel on the car and on the ground. This is especially true with the old 110 and 115 chassis diesels where most fuel cans don't have a spout long enough to reach the fuel tank inlet. Here is a trick you just have to try.

Problem & Solution

Common among these chassis:

W110 W111 W112 Sedan

Most wide mount plastic drink bottles like Gatorade, Vitamin Water, etc have a neck opening just the right size to actually screw into a Mercedes fuel tank neck and STAY in place. This is much better than trying to use a funnel which ends up tipping over and can make a big spill! Cut the bottom out of the bottle and screw the top end into the tank filler neck. Here you see me fueling a 1974 240D. This works so well I carry one of these bottles in the trunks of most my diesels. On the 123, 116, 126, 201, and 124 chassis diesels there is enough room to use the BIG Gatorade bottle which allows you to fill the tank at a very rapid rate. For safety only recommended when pouring diesel, biodiesel or SVO fuel.