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    A lot of the new diesel cars are very quiet. VW's newest turbodiesels drive and sound a lot like their gasoline counterparts.

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    That's right..
    VW has a Golf diesel with 150HP/320nm which is available round 1900rpm to 4500rpm.
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    I've been researching this for a couple years now, if any of you have any questions, I may be able to answer them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    I've been researching this for a couple years now, if any of you have any questions, I may be able to answer them.
    Your just full of good advice man what dont you know

    I get the whole concept just not so sure on where to start Im thinking of buying the kit off of greasecar.com when I get some money but If theres a better way to do it Im open to suggestions
    I hear that people are mixing biodiesel with the grease to run the engines better also some say you have to filter it first Ive also seen some chemical additives such as lye

    Sorry I havent done enough homework on this one yet thanks for the help though


    I found a Cheap diesel benz with the head gasket blown shouldn be to hard to fix.

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    The most successful and easiest conversions use a dual tank setup that start and stop the engine on regular diesel fuel or biodiesel and switch to a veg. oil tank after the engine warms up. This is probably what you get in most "kit" conversions. The other benefit to this setup is that you can easily find diesel when you are away from home (and can't get the local burger joint to let you bum some grease)

    If you want to get really fancy, you can start a small co-op company and build a biodiesel refinery. Producing biodiesel will allow you to run your car on biodeisel unmodified.

    As for filtering the for running on straight used cooking oil, pumping it from the grease dumpster through a seive to remove large particles, then through a fuel filter made for this purpose is pretty easy. You don't have to do a lot of special filtering on the stuff, and the filters last quite a while from what I understand.

    I picked up a few books on the subject over the past couple of years. The one I found most informative and helpful was "From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank" .. it's published by the Veggie Van people. I'd highly recommend reading it before you start ordering any gear as you might decide you really want to take a different approach than what the greasecar kit would give you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gork
    The most successful and easiest conversions use a dual tank setup that start and stop the engine on regular diesel fuel or biodiesel and switch to a veg. oil tank after the engine warms up. This is probably what you get in most "kit" conversions. The other benefit to this setup is that you can easily find diesel when you are away from home (and can't get the local burger joint to let you bum some grease)

    If you want to get really fancy, you can start a small co-op company and build a biodiesel refinery. Producing biodiesel will allow you to run your car on biodeisel unmodified.

    As for filtering the for running on straight used cooking oil, pumping it from the grease dumpster through a seive to remove large particles, then through a fuel filter made for this purpose is pretty easy. You don't have to do a lot of special filtering on the stuff, and the filters last quite a while from what I understand.

    I picked up a few books on the subject over the past couple of years. The one I found most informative and helpful was "From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank" .. it's published by the Veggie Van people. I'd highly recommend reading it before you start ordering any gear as you might decide you really want to take a different approach than what the greasecar kit would give you.
    hey thanks Ill check out the book
    Once I start my project Ill be documenting everything I do with pictures and stuff Someone gave me the idea to turn it into a book but Ill prob just post it on a website.


    Prob wrong place to ask but Does anyone know of anyone I can Contact that has actual experience moding ther diesel or making thier own biodiesel? Just to save me some of the aches and pains of learning as I go

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    Searching for biodiesel on Yahoo Groups gives 34 matches. I'm sure some of them surely have people doing this type of work on the lists.

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    2nd car for the project(s)

    I've had my frodo based machine installed in a 97 Passat TDI for a while now, but the car has 386,000+ miles on it. Needless to say, it's falling apart. I really wanted a Mercedes, but went with the VW for the higher efficiency. I've found my next project car, and I'm picking it up this week.

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D. This one has 250,000 miles on it, and looks pretty clean. I'm getting mine for $1000 (I love not having a car payment). They sell from $500 to $5000 depending on milage, area, condition, and how far you bent over when you spent too much. Although they only get 22 mpg http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/337.shtml it really won't matter after installing a greasecar.com system http://greasecar.com/product_detail.cfm?prodID=17 in the trunk.

    Problems I forsee with the project include overheating. The Greasecar tank has to heat up to 120 degrees (f) before being usefull. It's going to be in the trunk. Last time I checked, computers don't like heat. Once I have the car in my garage, I'll look for alternative places to put my carputer.

    It's also an old car. It is going to need repairs. I trust my mechanic. If you don't, make sure your carputer setup is easily removed, or you take pictures for the insurance claim if it goes missing. I've heard and experienced too many horror stories about aftermarket stereos being stolen while a car is in the shop... but that's another issue/thred.

    With gas prices rising, and our consumption of greasy foods staying steady... I think it's time we tapped our natural resources! Grow the corn, and potatoes, make oil and fries, and stuff the "garbage" in our cars to drive around... Mr. Fusion, here I come!
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    Was I the only one expecting this?

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    lol no thats what i was thinking

    I do wonder tho i know that it really stinks when u run it on the bio diesel but what about that perfume for your fuel on that ricer site?

    wonder if that could be used to help with the smell?
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