I did manage to round up some parts for the biodiesel guinea pig. A friend bought a similar truck for parts and was about to haul it off to the boneyard. Since the only thing he'd wanted off of it was the engine and transmission he told me I was welcome to whatever was left. I got a heater fan, mine was shot. I got an air conditioner compressor, mine's seized up solid, I've never had a truck with AC, I need one, global warming you know. Snagged the dash pad, and both of the dash bezels, mine aren't that bad, but these are in better shape so on they'll go. Oh yeah, I got a complete new exhaust system, front to back, muffler and all, 3 inch pipe, brand new, so new that all the bolts came right off without breaking, I don't think they even drove it home from the muffler shop, it's that friggin new. Whoever it was that put a new engine and a $300 exhaust system on their truck and then wrecked it and sold it to my friend for parts, thanks.
There were a few other parts that I wanted, but time was limited so what I got is what I got. Better than nothing. The parts truck had a brand new windshield too, I would've liked to snag it but we didn't have one of those nifty cable tools to cut the glue with in order to get it out. When it's 100 degrees outside they'll come out with a putty knife sometimes, but when its 30 and the sun isn't shining, forget it. I also noticed that the passenger side window seals aren't the best on my truck, should have grabbed those too I guess, oops. All in all it was a pretty good haul, about $500+ worth of parts had I bought them new, at least a couple C-Notes at the wrecking yard where one is extremely unlikely to find a brand new exhaust system I might add, I got it all free. I'll install it all myself too. How much does your mechanic charge per hour? Sucks to be you.
Other than a few little things, the truck's actually in pretty good shape especially considering it's 22 years old. I'm not a big Ford fan, but I got this truck for an extremely friendly price. Normally I stay away from anything that isn't a GM product, but when it comes to older diesels I'll take a Ford over a GM any day. The older light duty GM diesels were just converted gas engines, notorious for being pieces of crap, not surprising when one considers that GM's heavy diesel engines weren't much more than glorified boat anchors back then either. Ask any old trucker about Detroit Diesel 6-71's or the 91 or 92 series 6v's and 8v's, or god forbid the 318. If you're offended by foul language be sure to plug your ears before they answer. GM's diesel division engineers finally got their crap together on the Series 60 that came out in the early 90's, and as far as light duty engines are concerned I hear the Duramax is a whole different ballgame as well. Only time will tell if they hold up over the long run, but the Duramax is an Isuzu design so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a heck of a motor. Isuzu has been making bulletproof small diesels for years, they're the Japanese equivalent of Cummins or Peterbilt, well known for their heavy trucks overseas. I know the new GM diesels have power, the Beasty got its ass handed to it by a mostly stock Duramax crewcab at the track last summer, and the Beasty is far from slow, and far from stock. I'd be willing to bet that he'd like to trade me payment books though, the Beasty's payed for, always has been, as long as I've had it anyway.
The Fords have an engine that was made by Navistar, as in International, formerly International Harvester, yep, it's a corn binder, most of a century of diesel fueled farm work as its heritage, we'll see if any of that legendary toughness rubbed off on this one. One look under the hood tells me that it's a far superior design to the GM 6.2's, or (cough, hack, gag) the notorious 5.7 remembered best for its constant propensity for cracking heads on a weekly basis as well as its utter lack of anything that could even remotely be construed as power. When comparing this to a GM the phrase "easier to work on" doesn't begin to explain the situation, and best of all it isn't even covered with a 3 inch thick coating of greasy slime like all of the GM 6.2s I've worked on. This one starts almost instantly, idles smoothly, accelerates excellently for a normally aspirated diesel, and it's got that nifty diesel sound that I love. Now if it only had a turbo. And a flatbed. And stacks, big loud chrome ones. I have nothing but time, we'll see what happens.
Mechanically, the only thing I've found wrong with this one is two leaking injectors, I haven't researched it yet but I imagine it's a matter of a few bucks worth of O-rings, and a half hour or so of my valuable time to install them. Other than that this thing is clean, really clean, it'll be better when I replace its rusty, leaky old exhaust system and get the heater and air conditioner working, but it's still really clean. Did I mention that it's clean? Oh yeah, the price. $FREEFIFTYFREE$ Thanks sis.
I've got the word out on the goodies I'm going to need for my biodiesel refinery but I haven't had much luck yet. Anybody got an old electric water heater laying around? A 100 lb. propane bottle or two or three or a couple upright 20 or 30 gallon air tanks perhaps? A couple 2 or 3 hundred gallon plastic tanks you're not using like maybe one of those caged in plastic bladder tanks that the oil distributors give away from time to time because they got holes in them or an old water tank? Maybe you own a restaurant in the Billings area and would like some of your used fryer oil hauled off for free? Leave me a comment and we will talk.
I still have to research the tax angle on the stuff. I was told that there's a certain amount of biodiesel that a person can make without having to pay road tax but I'm not sure how much it is yet since I've heard conflicting stories. The last thing I need is a big assed fine for running off road fuel so I'm gonna try to stay legit on this one if possible. If it isn't possible then . . . . .
Where will you be going on vacation after the big oil companies create a worse shortage than they already have in order to drive up the gas prices and there's two mile long lines at the pumps waiting to buy $5.00 a gallon gas?
I'll be making my own fuel for pennies a gallon.
Sucks to be you.
I'll be making my own fuel for pennies a gallon.
Sucks to be you.
That's all for today kids, keep on living, life isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.