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Old 02-04-2015, 12:15 AM   #161 (permalink)
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My new plan for the driveshaft is to go with a custom Carbon Fiber unit. Main reason is they are lighter, stronger, and safer! They also reduce rotating weight which is a huge bonus in a micro diesel engine car.

The negative is they come at a higher price but all the positives IMO make the extra cost worthwhile.
That's a good point.

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Old 02-04-2015, 08:07 AM   #162 (permalink)
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Hey CR

It is good to hear from you again. How is everything down in Brazil?
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:34 AM   #163 (permalink)
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How is everything down in Brazil?
Not so good. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong place

Fuel costs risen recently, in spite of their reduction in international markets. Anyway, that would be a good excuse to try some biodiesel, or even straight vegetable oils...
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Ya me to I was definitely born in the wrong place!

Someday I want to make my own biodiesel out of algae :-) I think that would be pretty cool. If you are getting over 100mpg you would not need to produce much to take care of your yearly needs. Even less if you go the hybrid route which if electric you could go solar and really make a dent in your Carbon footprint.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:52 PM   #165 (permalink)
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Someday I want to make my own biodiesel out of algae :-) I think that would be pretty cool.
That would be a great option to use in Chile, and could include some blends with biodiesel made out of fish liver oil (since Chile is a major exporter of fish raised at the "haciendas marinas"). The problem is their current socialist government which is taking an anti-Diesel approach, discouraging the import of light-duty Diesel vehicles due to a heavy "environmental tax" applied to them. Anyway, nowadays I'm seriously considering to get double-nationality from some European country, probably Spain or Portugal.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:45 AM   #166 (permalink)
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I did some engine liberating this weekend it was cool to see the Triumph 1300cc gas engine next to the Kubota 482cc diesel for comparison I bought the Triumph for some of the suspension and steering parts. I figured I could sell off the remaining parts and get all the ones I need for free.

Cost breakdown so far.

Triumph = $350 + $50 tow = Total cost $400

I have sold:
1. Front and Rear chrome Bumpers + gas tank lid + rear trunk + rag top frame = $125
2. Wheels are spoken for = $100 for set
3. Body shell is spoken for = $100
4. Differential is spoken for = $100
5. Engine is spoken for = $100

Need to sale:
1. Diveshaft = $25
2. Transmission = $100
3. Bonnet = $150
4. Doors = $150 for set

Once I have sold everything off I will have earned a Total Profit of $550 and got all my parts I needed for free. Not to bad in fact I might have to do a few more of these to help finance my crazy projects LOL
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:47 AM   #167 (permalink)
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Here are some pics of the Triumph 1300cc gas engine next to the Kubota 482cc diesel gladiator I can actually pick up the Kubota and carry it around no need for the engine hoist hahahaha. You got to love it

Ecomodders for the win

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The really cool thing will be when I take that little motor then hybridize it and actually out perform the original Triumph Spitfire in 0-60, Top speed, and MPG

Spitfire 0-60 times, Top Speed and MPG

Mark1 = 15.5, 92mph and 31mpg
Mark2 = 15.0, 96mph and 38mpg
Mark3 = 13.6, 95mph and 33mpg
Mark4 = 15.9, 90mph and 32mpg
Spit 1500 = 13.2, 100mph and 29mpg

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Seems like that engine would be perfect for a Diesel motorcycle project.

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