How to Run Out of Gas in the Desert on I-15 in a Muscle Car

So, while heading home from Las Vegas, reflecting on a great weekend at the 2017 Holley LS Fest West, myself and Brian Brennan, editor of Vette and Street Rodder, were cruising southbound on Interstate 15 through the California desert at a casual 70 mph in Project Orange Krate, the Chevy High Performance 1971 Camaro project car, when the aggressive note of the stroked LS3 was suddenly interrupted by a subtle cough followed by an eerie silence. The only sound I heard was the wind whistling through the Camaro’s half-open windows. Well, that and the higher-than-normal-pitch of Brennan’s voice yelling at me about how stupid I was for not having a functioning gas gauge and trying to drive farther on a tank of gas than I should have. In my defense, the 10-mile-long traffic jam we hit 15 miles outside of the Nevada/California state line “slightly” skewed my internal fuel mileage calculations.

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