This is my 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbo Diesel Sedan which I have named "The Ark"
She runs on about 50% WVO (waste vegetable oil) that I collect f... Show morerom local restaurants. To thin out
the mix, I fill with Petro-Diesel or Bio-Diesel (B99) which cost about $3.70 at a local pump. So after everything is said and done, technically I pay only $1.85 a gallon!
Engine Valve Adjustment
New Brake Booster Line
New Front Brake Calipers/Pads
New Vaccuum Line
New Injector Return Line
New Coolant (Flushed Radiator)
New Oil/Oil Filter with Engine RESTORE!
New Primary Fuel Filter
New Secondary Fuel Filter
Cleaned out Gas Tank
Registration Good til 08/08
Safety Good til 03/08
Battery Fully Charged
The question is WHY?
Recent fuel production has steadily started to decline.
An 8% yearly decline would cut global oil production by a whopping 50% in under nine years.
If a 5% cut in production caused prices to triple in the 1970s,
what do you think a 50% cut is going to do?
Do you remember when regular unleaded gas was over $3.00/gallon?
In 2008, the median price for a car is about $20-25,000.
In 2008, the median gas mileage is about 30mpg.
If a car gets 30mpg then it is considered a gas saver. (?)
Thats downright RIDICULOUS!
Diesels run well into the 500,000 mile category.
Diesels hold their value well. (especially the new models)
Diesels can run on Petro-Diesel or Bio-Diesel with no modification.
(long time use of Bio-Diesel requires the use of Viton
hoses as it will deteriorate the stock rubber fuel lines)
Diesels can run on SVO/WVO with modification.
(Straight Vegetable Oil/Waste Vegetable Oil must be heated in cold climates)
As of 2000, the United States was producing in excess of
11 billion liters of waste vegetable oil annually, mainly
from industrial deep fryers in potato processing plants,
snack food factories and fast food restaurants.
Imagine if all this oil was used to fuel cars instead
of filling up landfills and seeping into water reservoirs.
How to run your vehicle on Vegetable Oil
Step 1: Get a Diesel Vehicle.
~My vehicle of choice is a 1984 Mercedes 300TD.
(same age as me, so I know its a good year. ;-)
The engine are known to be indestructable and the turbo
helps move the car a little faster than most. If I were
to pick other vehicles I would pick a truck or a small
hatchback of sorts.
Step 2: Convert it!
~The cost of kits range of price. But there is a
median one out there for $500 ( $100 installation)
These kits typically come with a second fuel tank,
some way to heat it (normally through coolant heat
exchange) and valve system letting you switch between
the two. But since Hawaii almost never falls below 60F,
I don't need a kit. I may get some injector heaters
in the future but right now its running well.
Step 3: Get oil
~ The most economical and recycle-conscious source is
to collect it for free from restaurants, specifically
Chinese or Japanese, due to their cooking methods.
Step 4: Filter/De-water the oil
~The better the oil is filtered, the better your engine
will run. It is best to get your oil to 5 microns or below.
(1 micron: 1/1000 mm. a human hair is 50 microns) Let it
sit for a while as the water/particles settle to the bottom.
Then I pour off the top through 3 filtering materials ending
with a 1-Micron Filter. Then I heat it to remove any water.
Step 5: Drive!
Pour the oil into your primary/secondary gas tank and drive.
I started with 50/50% mixture of Diesel and WVO.
How much oil is in an Energon Cube?
(cube of oil)
Most veg oils weigh about 920 grams/liter = 3482 grams/gallon.
There are 453.6 grams/pound, so each gallon of veg oil weighs 7.677 pounds.
Thus a 35 pound Energon Cube of veg oil should hold 4.559 gallons of oil.
A cube of soybean oil from Sams Club is $18.57
$18.57 / 4.559 gallons = $4.07/gallon!!!
Which is why WASTE VEGETABLE OIL is the way to go!
The History of Diesel
The concept of using vegetable oil as an engine fuel dates back to 1895 when Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913) developed the first engine to run on peanut oil, as he demonstrated at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Rudolf Diesel died 1913 before his vision of a vegetable oil powered engine was fully realized. There is some question of the timing of Diesel's death. Some think it might have been accidental or even a suicide. Since petroleum was soon so inexpensive compared to every other fuel it became the main product used to fuel diesel engines. Polluting diesel fuel became the fuel for the Diesel engine and vegetable oil as a cleaner fuel supply was forgotten. By making modifications to the fuel system, diesel cars today can run on 100% Vegetable Oil.
Why use Vegetable Oil as fuel?
Diesel engines are uniquely suited to run vegetable oils because the inventor, Rudolph Diesel (1858-1913) originally designed them to run off of peanut oil. Today's diesel engines are not much different from Diesel's first engine. Thus, they are ready, willing and able to run on all kinds of environmentally friendly fuels.
Imagine that you pay $20/week on gas. Then a SVO kit allows you to use 50/50% mixture of Diesel/WVO.
You save $10/week or $40/month or $480/year!
Basically you'll no longer have to pay for most of your fuel. Just to filter/de-water the oil.
Good for the environment:
Reduces emissions. There is a 90% reduction in emissions when choosing to use pure bio fuel over petroleum diesel. A big plus is that sulfur (which causes acid rain) is eliminated since WVO contains no sulfur. Soot from petroleum fueled Diesel engines is carcinogenic and can cause serious respiratory problems. That is severely lessened. Also by collecting waste oil you're reusing a source that would otherwise be disposed of.
Help the US economy:
SVO can (and is) made domestically using renewable crops, employing farmers and helping the local economy.
Help decrease reliance on foreign oil. We know what kind of war that starts.
Bio fuel exhaust is not a pollutant. It also smells good. Like whatever was fried in the oil.
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This is my Single-Drum WVO Filtering System:
55 gal Plastic Drum ($8)
1/2" Plastic Ball Valve x2 ($10) ______ SHOWN
1/2" Plastic L Joint x2 ____... Show more___________ SHOWN
1/2 Metal L Joint _____________________ SHOWN
1-Micron Bag Filter ($5)
1/2" Plastic Screw-On Connector x2 (given) _________ SHOWN
Gorilla Glue (borrowed from a friend)
3/8" Drill Bit (borrowed)
Blowtorch (already had)
T-shirt (sewed up at bottom)
Jeans (sewed up at bottom)
After cleaning the barrel inside and out, I started by making a 3/8" hole near the very bottom of the barrel. After cleaning that out, I heated the hole with the blowtorch and screwed in the Metal L Joint. The soft plastic conforms to the metal to create a thread. After that sufficiently cooled I removed the L Joint. I assembled my first tap consisting of that the valve/joint/connector and used a nipple wrench to make sure it was tight. (I ruined one connector by using some pliers which ruined the plastic thread) I cleaned the hole again and moistened it lightly as per the Gorilla Glue instructions. I applied the glue liberally to the Tap's connector and then threaded it in the barrel. I let it sit for 24 Hrs and then tested it by filling the barrel with water and checking for leaks.
The second TAP was placed about 8 inches away from the 1st one and about 6 inches off the ground. (marked off where the barrel's 10 gallon mark is) I then repeated the process for the 1st TAP.
The 1st TAP is used to drain any water/sediment that may accumulate.
I will be triple-filtering the oil prior to it going in the drum so the 10 gallon section should be enough.
The 2nd TAP is where I collect from. (since I have no pump)
Lastly, I measured a 6" hole at the very top of the barrel and cut it out.
Then I cleaned the drum thoroughly inside and out and let it dry.
Afterwhich I sewed up an old t-shirt and placed that inside old sewed-up jeans.
That was clipped onto place inside a 1-Micron filter that hangs from the hole.
The t-shirt filters out large particles and the jeans filters the small ones.
The 1-Micron filter then filters out anything remaining.
To finish everything up, I got a large piece of cardboard and
placed that on top of the drum to try keep out bugs and rain.
Total cost of my Single-Drum WVO Filtering System
$23 Show Less