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Other Fuels / Gasoline milage
« on: April 22, 2007, 01:31:23 PM »
I've been reading these site for a while.
I think they are interesting.



Other Fuels / Gas and soybean oil as additive
« on: April 09, 2007, 12:41:54 AM »
HiI didn't know where else to post this

I have an '85 Mercedes diesel 300D turbo. 222.000 miles on it. I run pump diesel.

It has been running fine, but I got the urge to experiment some.

I read about mixing gas with diesel in one of the other posts.

I decided to try a mix of 1 gallon lowlead with 2 gallons soybean cooking oil. The cheapest fryer oil that was a liquid at room temps. I put 1 gallon of the mix in the tank and topped off with pump diesel. This puts 1/3 gallon of gas and 2/3s of the gallon of soy oil in the tank with about 15 or 20 gallons of fuel.

Long story short. I went to my nieces houw for Easter. A good time was had by all. I used to burn around 1 and 1/2 tanks fot the round trip.
I made the trip today on 1 tank with more power.

Your results may vary but I am going to continue with this for the next tank. I don't drive much so most of the first part of the trip the engine was settling down after months and months of short trips.

I know this is not very scientific. But I had good results with this first tank.

General Discussion / Deisel Cats
« on: March 03, 2007, 11:48:41 PM »
Hi I thyought you might like to read this


Everything else / Ant acid for lube oil
« on: February 05, 2007, 03:18:24 AM »
Hi I ranacross this. I thought it was interesting.
Mabe we should consider a zinc anode in the sumps.

Luber-finer Bypass Filter Cartridge System
The familiar Luber-finer bypass filter now has a cartridge system that not only filters engine lube oil, but adds an additional anti-acid medium to maintain the lubrication's total base number. The Zgard LFP9750 uses filtration technology to aid in reducing soot levels in the oil.

According to Luber-finer, this enables the extending of drain intervals in EGR engines, which tend to load up the lube oil with additional soot through the recirculation of the exhaust gas. Additionally, because current fuels contain significant levels of sulfur, there is the potential for high acidity in the oil, which quickly depletes the oil's TBN.

By constructing the filter cartridge from a louvered zinc alloy sheet, co-pleated with an ultra high efficiency filter media, the zinc is sacrificed to the acid in the lube oil, preserving the additive package in the oil.

The Zgard bypass filter is constructed with two cartridge elements to provide the maximum efficiency throughout the regular filter-change interval.

Generators / ST Head disassembly
« on: February 04, 2007, 11:12:06 PM »
I decided to take my 20k ST head apart and replace the bearings due to noise indicicating a failure was on the way.
I was useing a rubber mallet to move the end housing, brush end.

Well, long story short, I broke the houseing. I think I can repair the houseing. The section that broke was 1/8" thick

So A word to the wise. Go easy.

The bearing on the drive side was bad, from rust during shipping. both sides had rust. and very little grease.
I can't help but think if the bearings had a proper amount of grease when assembled they would have lasted longer.

I will replace with sealed bearings

This was a Power Solutions head.


Listeroid Engines / Cooling system
« on: February 03, 2007, 05:25:49 PM »
As I've¬  said before I believe in running my engine hot. Also I wanted to have a quick warm so.

This is a link to a picture showing my ideas.
The green box above the 2" pipe is a steam unit heater. The 2" pipe is part of the thermosyphon¬  for this system. The water level is at the cross at the top of the 2" pipe. The other black tubing is the upper and lower water connections. The black tube connected to the green radiater is the return to the bottom of the 2" pipe.

The result is, at 35 amp load the engine produces steam in 20 minutes.
I have to fix a couple of leaks but it is working as I expected.
The radiater is somewhat oversize. It is rated at 63000 btu at 2 psi steam pressure. it doesn't give off much heat at the load I tried. I ended up the test run by raising the load to around 50 amps, to see how it handles a full load. I may install a gage to see what kind of steam pressures are raised. It will be in the ounce range I think.

Any comments are welcome.
If any details are unclear, let me know.

Listeroid Engines / Hey Hotater!
« on: December 18, 2006, 02:17:37 AM »
Hi Did I read that you put your lister type away? Whats up?

Everything else / Making your water heater last
« on: December 18, 2006, 02:04:14 AM »
Hi I ran across this site.  And being a do=it myself kind of guy I thought you might be interested too

You can find magnesium anodes at mcmaster-carr ,   Cheaper. They have all sizes some suitable for the lister cooling systems.

Have a good christmass all!


Everything else / Moving Heavy Things!
« on: November 24, 2006, 02:19:09 AM »

Here is a book that might help with some ideas.


General Discussion / Cleanig up after playing with my Lister'oid
« on: October 24, 2006, 12:07:57 AM »
Hi I started useing this stuff and it works pretty good


General Discussion / From an E-Mail I just received
« on: October 23, 2006, 11:22:48 PM »


        Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

        Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

        To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but also, Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in hel p and all of the conveniences of the day The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

        Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly.

        Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

        One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity.   To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great.

        So, he testified.   Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he  had to offer, at the

greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine. The poem read:

        The clock of life is wound but once,

        And no man has the power

        To tell just when the hands will stop

        At late or early hour.

        Now is the only time you own.

        Live, love, toil with a will.

        Place no faith in time.

        For the clock may soon be still.


        World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.  One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

        As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold: a squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet. The  American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger.

        There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mount ed 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and  then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly.

        Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

     This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II , and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

      A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.

     His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.  So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial  displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor.

        It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


         Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Interesting changfa type vehicle
« on: October 16, 2006, 11:16:39 PM »

General Discussion / switch grass?- Ethanol
« on: September 24, 2006, 08:26:23 AM »

Engines / Rack adjustments
« on: September 19, 2006, 01:06:10 AM »
Hi I have had some problems with the adjustment of the rack and governor.

I have tried various adjustments of the rack to try to achieve a stabile and responsive engine.

The best so far seems to be to adjust the rack on cylinder 1 with the shut off lever up. I have the rack positioned so the lever has some pressure on it with the rack pushed all the way in, low or fuel off. then the other rack is adjusted to a similar point to get even exhaust temps.

The engine reacts to load changes quickly, but I still don't get a full fuel position with a heavy load.

I suspect the shutoff lever raises the swing arm too high.  Does this correspond with your experiences?


Everything else / Some good articles on several batteries
« on: September 17, 2006, 06:04:13 AM »
Hi Here is a site that has some good articles on batteries in the down load section.
Oh yes and a weird electric car!

Sorry about that

More electric vehicles

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