posted on Aug, 28 2006 @ 01:16 PM
Originally posted by Sri Oracle
I have two diesel rigs:
87 Toyota 4x4 with a Toyota 3L
81 Toyota 2wd longbed with a Toyota 1L
Both purchased with explicit intent to run exclusively biodiesel within 5 years. Each vehicle cost about USD 3000 and the price is actually rising
rapidly on these 4 cylinder 80's yota's because of the biodiesel/fuel shortage craze.
I applaud your intent to convert to biodiesel, but a word of caution... On older vehicles (1990 and older) it's common to find natural rubber fuel
lines. Biodiesel will cause natural rubber lines to fail, and prior to said failure will most likely put a fair amount of solids into the engine
(hopefully just clogging the fuel filter, but injector damage would be a concern). So if you haven't switched your fuel lines to a synthetic rubber,
I would suggest doing so. Along the same line of thought, it would be prudent to carry a spare fuel filter or two even after the hose swap. B100 is an
incredible powerful solvent, and will clean every last bit of gunk out of your tank, and fuel lines... Older vehicles like yours will have a fair
amount of sediment and biologicals. Be prepared.
A $1,000.00 seems a bit steep for a at home bio rig... Most people I know have done it for under $200.00. Also, instead of running an add, I would
contact a few local restaurants in person. Speak to the general manager, and set up a collection day, and stick with it... They'll jump at the chance
to get rid of their oil for free.
Since we're on the subject of diesels, here's an interesting development that further demonstrates the capability of the diesel engine:
JCB Dieselmax sets land speed record
There's a cool video... And we know how everyone at ATS loves cool videos.