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Old 09-09-2015, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi from Scotland

Hi everyone, ive been lurking and reading for a while now so decided to join and tell you a little about myself.

Im in my forties now and have had a few diferent jobs in my time mostly in electrical, electronic and nechanical engineering but am more management now.

I started making biodiesel about ten years ago with a proper processor which I built myself, I find it hard to get veg oil now so rairly get to make any.

I built an electric trike when I was 12 from bicycles parts a car starter motor and battery and its taken me until now to decide to do the real thing. Im planning to convert a Mazda RX8 to electric power and have designed and started building an axial brushless motor to power it. It was the motor controllers threads that drew me to this forum so here I am.

nice to meet you all
Ian

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Old 09-09-2015, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Impressive background, you're building your own motor, even more impressive.

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Start up a build thread on the electric mazda and the motor... as you know there are a bunch of folks here with experience in that and they'd surely take an interest. Welcome!
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Why has veggie oil become scarce?
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Had a lot of trouble with the oil collection companies poaching my suppliers.
They lie to them saying that it is illegal to give there oil to me or threaten to blacklist them and say if I don't turn up one week then they won't be able to get anyone else to collect there oil. Some of them are actually part of the oil supply companies and they say they will charge a highrler price if they don't collect the used oil too.

I have tried paying a little for the oil but they always start to get greasy, they look at eBay and expect me to pay about 0.80 litre for a tub of solid fats and water.

There is also a few guys collecting just to sell on eBay which really annoys me.
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I once spoke to a local guy with a waste veggie oil conversion, and asked him off-hand (strictly out of curiosity) where he got his oil. He was so afraid of poaching, he wouldn't tell me!
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome! Very cool conversion you are doing. The rx8 iis a perfect car to convert. Are you going to use the original trans and rear end? Good luck!

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