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Old 04-17-2011, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just joined to say hi and get some information!

Right now i'm looking at cars such as volkswagen jettas, mercedes, volvo, etc diesels. Just not really happy with them.

I'm off to school come the fall or winter depending on how the heavens align to become a heavy diesel mechanic, so trying to find a good vehicle.

I keep leaning towards the ford diesels, in particular ones like the 6.9 idi's. I know them like the back of my hand (mostly) and over all even with it's quirks I still feel like they can be worked on easier then a 4 cylinder that needs 99% of it's engine torn apart just to reach a timing belt....

The biggest problem is the trucks are obviously fuel pigs... I'm already mapping out ways mentally I can hyper mile it to classes and probably get some decent gains. I'm also looking into WVO as a excellent option to save on fuel costs, which would keep the high fuel prices at bay....

A 86 F250 or F350 has dual tanks for those who don't know the trucks, so that makes it easier to run pump diesel and wvo in the tanks, however a stumbling block is the making of the WVO...

being a student it will be difficult to setup a cooking system, dry it, yada yada. Ideally, I want to just filter it, dump in a tank and go.

Has anyone had luck with this method? Suck it out of a good restaurants tank, filter it for food particles/etc and just throw it into a tank? Maybe heat it? That would be the easiest being a student!

There was a guy about 60 miles away selling this pump kit for about $7k that did all the filtering/processing (kinda a push button system it sounded like) but that costs as much as my education would over 2 years!

Any tips that mean I won't have to spend a whole weekend or a week filtering fuel are helpful. I'll be sure to search/poke around also. Most on the forums out there just seem to bunch their underwear up and make dire threats the engine will blow up if water isn't removed, etc etc.

(those that are students or ex students know how important study time is, so having a vehicle down for 3-4 days repairing a timing belt or cooking fuel for that amount of time means crucial study/lab time is lost!)

Aside from winter, I'm lucky to live in the hot desert, so I bet that helps a little with heating the oil and all that. Depending on the season, I've sometimes had summers with heat going from May-October Or November.

Looking forward to replies and being a member of the community!

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