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General Discussion / Re: More profit over peoples health.
« on: January 30, 2019, 05:34:45 PM »
It's fantastic that we've been able to offset our total energy consumption by just over 2% using wind and solar.

Remember, the electric grid is only about a third of national energy consumption. Automobiles make up 16%.

An enormous quantity of energy goes towards heating homes and businesses. Wind and solar simply can't do that, it can't even make a dent.

General Discussion / Motorcycle with Lister D engine.
« on: January 30, 2019, 12:20:07 PM »
Rat Bike with Lister D 1936:

The video is interesting! He cooks some hot dogs in the engine's water while he is riding the bike.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Skip (miss)
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:38:14 PM »
I had plenty of issues with air in the system and the original Indian filter and lines. The solution was to re-machine the setup and install "O" rings as a positive seal. No problems since that.

Listeroid Engines / Re: I Need HELP; not running
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:21:44 PM »
It does sound like you either need a new set of rings or need to remove and clean your rings and possibly hone the cylinder. Low compression can also happen when a valve does not close fully. But you seem to claim to have properly addressed valve lash.


One thing we do in the aviation world when piston rings stick, is to put an MEK substitute in the cylinder called Ethyl Acetate. The link below is an example. It does a good job of freeing carbon'd up rings in piston aircraft engines.

You could try various solvents in the cylinder with the piston about half way up. Remember, they will drain into the crankcase, so be careful to clean out any residual. Liquid paint stripper with Methylene Chloride (or paint spray gun cleaner with Methylene Chloride) is one of the few products that will dissolve carbon and can be used in some engines to free up stuck rings. Yamaha made a product called "Ring Free" that works fairly well. It's akin to the products above and rather harsh.

Think about how oven cleaner removes hard carbon. You will realize that it's generally not an easy task.

But since you are running WVO, it might be good to have a solution that does not require disassembly every 100 hours.

I drive quite a few miles per year. Including a good number 1000 mile trips from FL to PA. The truth is, an EV can't make the trip in a reasonable amount of time.

Here is an interesting blog:

EV drivers seem to be eternal optimists, often quoting range figures that are unhelpful, sometime there are no chargers when that range is reached.

The better Tesla cars seem to be able to go a predicted 250 highway miles at 80, with the AC on. Unfortunately, they end up charging far before that, due to charger location. A 400 mile trip typically requires 2 charge stops. Do-able, but not ideal.

Contrast that with the 2018 Nissan Altima that will get 36MPG high speed highway, and better than 600 mile range on a tank with plenty of reserve.

My friend gets 230 EV miles from his Tesla. 100 miles fewer than predicted, due to driving style. His "fuel" cost per mile is about double the Altima. I'm finding all of this fascinating, and I'm not at all sure the EV is the way to go.

Face it.  China, the biggest player on the field is going electric.   

The small, short range EV is perfect for China, limiting their citizens to a small zone of travel. It's no wonder the Chinese government is pushing EV's so hard.

My preference is performance cars.

You have mentioned this a couple of times. now. I'm getting the impression a Volt is not going to make you at all happy and perhaps what you are really looking for is someone to talk you out of buying one.

I decided not to purchase the Volt. (remember, I need an additional car, the tax break, and really anything will do)

What drove me to avoid the Volt was the FACT that it actually costs more (in my area) to fuel it with electricity than it does to power it with gasoline!

Local elec power is 20-22 cents per KWH, 13.5+ taxes, fees, fuel charges, line charges, hurricane charges etc. Plus the rate increases when more is used. All the way up to 17c/kwh + fees....

A Volt will go 53 city miles, about 45 mixed or 37 highway on a full charge, consuming 16.5 KWH from the car's battery. (unless ya go stupidly slow, which some EV drivers do, in which case, 70 miles is possible)

Charge efficiency is 83.8%, meaning the power meter will run up a full 20KWH to charge the Volt. Or $4 to $4.40.
Quite simply, 10 cents per mile on EV power.

The Volt gets almost 40MPG with a dead battery, using gasoline alone. Local gas is $2 to $2.20 per gal.
Or, 5 cents per mile.

Sure, local prices affect the outcome. But one thing is clear, running an EV along with AC (or heat) reduces range significantly.

So in the end, it was tempting to get what seems to be quite a good car, but it simply makes no sense to pay more per mile for the pleasure.

General Discussion / Re: Before it's all over.....
« on: December 27, 2018, 01:21:32 AM »
'Twas the night before Christmas and all along the border
The illegals were stirring, no papers in order
A wall was prevented by democrats who "care"
In hopes that their new voters will soon be there....


Back to the Volt.

How about going for a test ride and giving us a review?

The test drive was pretty good, with both I-95 highway and fast back roads. Not much city stuff except by the dealer.

The Volt has good acceleration, but better than that, it's instant response at any speed is quite pleasing. It's quieter and more refined than most cars I rent. (I rent 1 or 2 different cars per week and know what I like)  I had to listen hard to know if the engine was running. Cornering is acceptable, responsive and flat, but it's clearly not a sports car.

Overall, a true pleasure to drive, although seat comfort on the LT (low end model) was not as good as today's typical rental Altima or Camry. However, the big drawback: it's a smaller car than I'd like. This might be my only car in my FL location for a while. It will be called upon to transport me, mama and big doggie, along with whatever we need to carry (from groceries to aircraft parts and maybe bags of concrete) . For that it's likely to be too small.

I'm still on the fence about it. I need the tax break. I need another vehicle. I really could use something a little larger and more capable.

I own a 4x4 pickup and don't care for SUV's. My preference is performance cars.

I drive a lot.  My commute alone in FL is 75 mi round trip.  My commute in PA is 110 round trip.  I canít charge an electric at work.  Generally 6 days week.  Plus the trip between FL and PA a few times per yeast. 

The volt could be charged by the Listeroid and my 550 gal of waste jet A while in FL.

Really, Iíd love a performance car.  But this is interesting. 

I'm in the market for a car. No particular need for anything special, other than I don't want to spend a lot for an appliance. (Note, I prefer performance cars, but this will be a third car for my Florida home) The $7500 EV (electric vehicle) tax credit would be really helpful this year. Since the Chevy Volt is now heavily discounted, at about $24,500-$25,500 for a base model, it's worth considering. The tax credit brings the total out of pocket cost to just under $20K. Not bad at all for an efficient car.

The Volt goes about 50 miles on a charge, and after that, the gas engine kicks in.

If I purchase one, it might be very interesting to see just how effective the 6/1 is in charging the thing.

Note 2: The 2018 Volt takes 13 hours to charge on 115V and 4.5 hours on 240 (the charger is 3.6KW) .   My 6/1 has somewhat increased RPM (770) and makes about 4400W max, 4000 with clear exhaust. HMMMMMMM :) So I think it would be just fine charging at 240V.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Weight of 6-1 with 5kw ST head on frame w/wheels
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:16:09 PM »
  unless the tyres are filled with helium, then it will be weigh less.....

Tires are filled with water.

Listeroid Engines / Weight of 6-1 with 5kw ST head on frame w/wheels
« on: September 15, 2018, 03:04:49 AM »
I have this 6-1 setup. I'm moving this setup via truck and need to guess what the weight is. I don't have any method to actually weigh it prior to loading it up in the truck next week.


Listeroid Engines / Re: Listeroid OWNER/ OPERATORS in the Upstate NY area??
« on: September 09, 2018, 03:08:25 PM »
I'll be relocating part time, to Milford, PA with my 6-1. The 20/2 will remain in Florida.

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