pictures. words (sometimes). blog nonsense.

grease car?

Yeah, I want to do this.

But this gives me a bit of concern.

Still, it sounds awfully cool. Anyone have an old diesel car they want to donate to the cause?

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6 responses

  1. ET

    Will you actually be saving on gas if you are paying almost a dollar more a gallon?
    It won’t get better if a democrat takes office. :-)
    ~ET

    March 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm

  2. Well, if you read the links (cough) you’d see it’s actually more about using free vegetable oil–so yes, it’d be cheaper (although you’d have to use the car for at least two years to recoup your cost).

    And I would never vote for someone based chiefly on something as silly as fuel prices!

    March 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm

  3. Joshua Eipper

    Fascinating. I’ve seen things about that before. I am a bit skeptical about what that actually does to the innards of your car. I know that even with biodiesel a lot of engine manufacturers are a bit queasy about recommending it. I worked for farm-ops which uses 20% bio diesel for their tractors and we did have some problems with it clogging up the fuel filters. I’m not sure if it works, but I’d love to see some good long-term studies. If it works moderately well I’d love it. I do think we need to get over our ridiculous dependency on foreign oil and things like this, biodiesel and ethanol seem like reasonable places to begin.

    March 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm

  4. ian

    I know a guy that has run an old VW rabbit on that for years. It’s working great!

    March 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

  5. Yeah. If you read some of the links, they address that concern. It seems the biggest, most important thing is to make sure the veg oil is purified and heated to the right consistency. And yes, the best engines are modified to accommodate the “grease.”

    And yes, I think it is a reasonable place to begin…and that farms and other semi-industrial places might be the best place to start.

    I’m not sure ethanol is a long-term solution, however. May I remind you of all our discussions in our soils class?

    March 11, 2008 at 11:24 am

  6. Joshua Eipper

    I never said it was a long-term solution, but every solution has to begin somewhere. And yes, the article seemed to address my concern, but I’m a bit skeptical. I don’t really know, but I’m a still a bit skeptical. But I could be dead wrong. It’s not like I’m a big expert on this subject.

    March 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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