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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2012, 11:17:26 AM »
In the mid-90's a coworker drove his diesel Jetta from Austin to Toronto and back on two tanks of fuel. F'ing amazing.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2012, 12:46:20 PM »
What kind of mileage does it get?
I got 48 mpg on the way to work this morning. My old 2003 averaged 49 so it might actually be a bit of a drop due to MORE POWER!!!! plus it's a new car so I have been a little agressive with the accel. trying to back that instinct off as it's still in breakin period.

Are you thinking of making your own diesel?

I've never done it - but I've read/been told German diesels (VW, BMW, Benz) are all great candidates for conversion.
I have thought about making my own diesel but I don't see it happening anytime super soon. If you manufactur actuall diesel there isn't really any conversion to be done. I used to use B100 when I lived in berkeley cause i could get it there. in Davis, not so much  :-\

My parents have a diesel Jetta. That thing ROCKS! It climbs mountains like a champ, great on gas, looks awesome. Congrats on the new ride man! That beauty will serve you well :)

This is my third TDI, I can't really see going back to gas. 700+ mile range is pretty sweet. and the torque is awesome.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2012, 05:10:52 AM »
Apparently they're talking about making it illegal to bring diesels inside Paris. (due to things like this, most likely: http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=760863&vId= )

HOWEVER this wouldn't apply to newer cars like yours - only the old old old jalopy diesels a lot of people are still driving that don't have particle filters.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2012, 05:36:51 AM »
only the old old old jalopy diesels a lot of people are still driving that don't have particle filters.

I kid you not, I was behind a Dodge 2500 pickup yesterday at a light that had a huge CUMMINS sticker on the back
and when the light turned green, the sky turned black.

Also have the twin vertical exhaust stack trucks, semi truck style.  At least they spew upward.

In the intermountain west here, it is still "cool" to blow black smoke.


Pretty nice present Morticai, wow.  New cars are spendy.
I am still looking for a old VW diesel pickup that has round headlights.

Cheers to the new diesel engines,
too bad we cannot get them all here in the States. ::)

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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2012, 07:21:46 AM »
When diesel is taxed like gas or diesel produced by algae becomes available, I'll buy a diesel.  In the meantime, I just don't drive enough miles to justify the extra cost of a diesel car.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2012, 08:37:05 PM »
What happens if someone smax n2 ya?

I take it the size is your aversion.  How about the diesel?  You know you want one of these.

you could give it a lift kit.  Hells yes.  Even middleeasternwhyoming would rock with that. ;)

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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2012, 12:48:02 AM »
What kind of mileage does it get?
My '99 TDI Jetta got better than 50 MPG on long trips.  Fantastic.  Until a NYE reveler totaled it when it was parked.

I've never done it - but I've read/been told German diesels (VW, BMW, Benz) are all great candidates for conversion.
In general there is no conversion necessary - open the tank and add the biodiesel.  Bob's your uncle.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2012, 01:32:36 AM »
Are there pedals for the passengers too, or do you have to push for everybody?

Growing oil palms here.  Started growing them for biodiesel, but get three times as much for cooking oil instead. 

I'll stick with my Tacoma that burns recycled sunshine, thank you very much.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2012, 01:43:53 AM »

Pretty nice present Morticai, wow.  New cars are spendy.
I am still looking for a old VW diesel pickup that has round headlights.


Good luck widdat.  Thank you cash for clunkers.

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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2012, 07:45:09 AM »
Are there pedals for the passengers too, or do you have to push for everybody?

Growing oil palms here.  Started growing them for biodiesel, but get three times as much for cooking oil instead. 

I'll stick with my Tacoma that burns recycled sunshine, thank you very much.

no reason to choose carl! use it for cooking and then, when it's been fried in as much as you can stand, convert it to biodiesel. or, given your never freeze climate, convert an old merc to run SVO and just filter it from your fryer directly to your tank!
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2012, 08:24:06 AM »
Anyone want a grease car.  :D

http://www.greasecar.com/
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2012, 09:45:53 AM »
Are there pedals for the passengers too, or do you have to push for everybody?

Growing oil palms here.  Started growing them for biodiesel, but get three times as much for cooking oil instead. 

I'll stick with my Tacoma that burns recycled sunshine, thank you very much.

no reason to choose carl! use it for cooking and then, when it's been fried in as much as you can stand, convert it to biodiesel. or, given your never freeze climate, convert an old merc to run SVO and just filter it from your fryer directly to your tank!

30 acres at 450 gallons per acre per year is a LOT of deep frying!  I'm talking a 3X price multiplier for cooking oil sales vs. biodiesel sales.


There's enough year round sunshine here to push my Tacoma for me.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2012, 10:07:16 AM »
Are there pedals for the passengers too, or do you have to push for everybody?

Growing oil palms here.  Started growing them for biodiesel, but get three times as much for cooking oil instead. 

I'll stick with my Tacoma that burns recycled sunshine, thank you very much.

no reason to choose carl! use it for cooking and then, when it's been fried in as much as you can stand, convert it to biodiesel. or, given your never freeze climate, convert an old merc to run SVO and just filter it from your fryer directly to your tank!

30 acres at 450 gallons per acre per year is a LOT of deep frying!  I'm talking a 3X price multiplier for cooking oil sales vs. biodiesel sales.


There's enough year round sunshine here to push my Tacoma for me.

wait, your tacoma is solar? that's awesome! by the by, vegetable oil is recycled sunshine as well. Just doing the recycling via the plant.
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2012, 02:59:43 PM »
Lead/acid recharged with PV.  A sunny day's charge is good for 65 - 70 miles. 
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Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2012, 08:58:44 PM »
Lead/acid recharged with PV.  A sunny day's charge is good for 65 - 70 miles.

as I said, awesome.
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