are alcohol and methanol race gas the same? if so where can i buy some, usually how much a gallon online?
I'm running Methanol in my modified clone. It runs very cool and makes good power. It's also less prone to detonation when you raise the compression level.
Methanol is, however, very corrosive to aluminum. If you leave it in your engine it will eventually clog up your carburetor with a white powder (aluminum oxide).
Fortunately, that problem is easily remedied: Bring a spare fuel container with you to the track. After the races, disconnect the fuel line from the input side of your fuel pump. Connect a fuel line from your spare fuel container to the pump. The spare fuel container should have gasoline and some top oil or 2- stroke oil. Just fire up the engine and run it for about 30 seconds. That will flush out all of the alchy from the system. You will need to use the throttle to keep the engine running, as a carb jetted for alchy dumps about twice as much gas as the engine wants.
Alchy can also get past the rings and into your oil, so it's even more important to change the oil.
There are places to buy methanol, you just don't know it. Many oil and lubrication distributors carry it in 5 gallon buckets, about $5 a gallon. You want pure methanol, anything out of a gas pump is not going to be what you want. That's generally drag racing alcohol with additives and top end lubricants. Generally it's ethanol alcohol and is not what you need.
Ethanol = corn base alcohol
Methanol = wood base alcohol
Only ask for methanol, buying based on the word alcohol can get you a whole bunch of wrong fuel.
You will also need to do the standard modifications like advanced ignition timing, proper spark plug, and a 50% increase in fuel flow. It's not a dump in and go affair.