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    I've been thinking diesel for about 2 yrs for our NYC trips and the trips south. My diesel Mechanic friend said find an International diesel. Finally found and Bought a 1993 Ford F350, had a body off rebuild in 1998 including a remanufactured engine (1993 7.3 ford factory reubilt Davis Turbo Diesel) crew cab, long box, 4 wheel drive dually, everything rebuilt except the front transaxle. 69,000 on the rebuild. Took me some time to warm up to diesel (if my gas truck made this noise I'd be waiting for the piston to come through the head) but 3 trips to NYC and the fall bee trip made me fall in love. I can't beleive I get better gas milage than my 1/2 ton 5.7.

    I want to produce my own biodiesel. Have the basic concepts down and have been looking at processing kits. (I want to buy something I can put together easily and run). I know some of you are doing this already.

    1) Should I be doing a couple of kitchen batches before spending the $2,000 it looks like the kit I need costs? Can I get a decent outfit for this price?

    2) Can I really produce fuel for under $1.00/ gallon.

    3) Is all the hype about improved perforamance and extended engine life accurate?

    4) Is anybody running a system and what did you buy? How do you like your system?

    5) The systems I see are using a water heater for part of the process and a plastic tank for the washer? How are you delivering your fuel to your vehicle.

    6) Can I run biodiesel in some percentage in the Cold NY winteres without too much problem?

    7) What kind of building to I need to house the system in?

    [size="1"][ December 31, 2006, 06:35 PM: Message edited by: Joel ][/size]

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    http://www.journeytoforever.org/biod...e.html#biodnew
    http://www.biofuels.coop/


    Merry Christmas

    [size="1"][ December 24, 2006, 09:24 PM: Message edited by: iddee ][/size]

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    Try a search on the tailgater, it's been discussed before in a lot of detail.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Idee, got your PM thanks, I'll take your suggestion. Checked out the sites, thanks!

    MB, I still have dial up because I live in the woods, I can search here and then wait 20 minutes for the results!

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    http://www.beesource.com/cgi-bin/ubb...=000647#000000

    [size="1"][ December 31, 2006, 09:25 PM: Message edited by: peggjam ][/size]
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    Lightbulb

    Here's the definitive do it yourselfer biodiesel
    website: http://www.biodieselcommunity.org/appleorchard/

    There are also a couple of groups on yahoo that are in e-mail format.

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    Peggjam, Thanks for the search, I assume your ISP is not dial up. By the way, I'm writing your check today and including the nuc box-Thanks.

    Will-Excellent resource, have visited and gotten on their blog (Egads)

    [size="1"][ January 01, 2007, 12:14 PM: Message edited by: Joel ][/size]

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    Looks like you got some good advise. I would not worry about the kit and set up your own conversion for your truck. It is pretty basic and with the resources of the bio forum you should be able to find all the help you need. Also if you are going to do it, do it all the way! Forget the biodiesel mixed fuels and run straight Vegi Oil. You will have to do a little modification to your truck, but it will be worth it.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    a little off topic but wouldn't this give your bee truck some giddy-up and go?

    http://people.bath.ac.uk/ccsshb/12cyl/

    Dave

    [size="1"][ January 01, 2007, 05:33 PM: Message edited by: drobbins ][/size]

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    Actually Dave that's the toned down version of the 7.3 Banks Turbo Diesel I run now!

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