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Diesel to Vegetable Oil Conversion

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Mr. Wetzel was visiting in Searcy, AR, 2 march 2004.

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Diesel Car Modified To Run ON "Veggie Oil"

   Dave Wetzel, Lebanon, TN, burns used fish oil in his 1885 Volkswagen Golf car, which is powered by a diesel engine. He collects the used vegetable oil from fast food places such as McDonalds, burning 8 to 10 gallons per week.
   His "McDiesel" car gets 40 mpg on veggie oil and he now has 285,000 miles on it.
   Wetzel modified the car to heat the oil to 160 degrees, which allows the unusual fuel to be used during summer and winter. He starts the car in normal fashion using conventional diesel fuel. Once oil is heated up it automatically switches to veggie oil.
   He equipped the car with a coil of copper tubing and runs heated water from the engine through it. Once the fuel has been heated to 160 degrees, a solenoid opens a valve, switching from diesel to 100% oil. The heated fuel is piped forward to the engine itself. Wetzel runs oil through a cotton filter before fueling up.
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From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank  
How to Make Cheap, Clean Fuel from Free Vegetable Oil. New, updated and expanded version by authors Joshua and Kaia Tickell, who drove their unmodified Veggie Van over 10,000 miles around the United States, while stopping at fast food restaurants for fuel fill-ups of used deep fat fryer oil. This inexpensive and environmentally friendly fuel source can be easily modified to burn in diesel engines by following the simple instructions. A complete introduction to diesel engines and potential fuel sources is included. Over 130 photographs, diagrams, charts and tables. 162 pages, paperback. USA.

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