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G-Wagen Biodiesel

September28

I am proud to say that I have made the switch to Biodiesel in my G-Wagen! I am now trying to run exclusively on B20 readily available at

Biodieselselect Rotten Robbie’s stations. I know it’s not perfect since it is still 80% petrol diesel but it is a start. I want to make the switch to full B100 but it is hard to get conveniently out near Livermore. I may have to work on getting home delivery of some B100 to make the full switch.

The G-Wagen arrives

March7

G-wagenWell, I took a gamble buying a truck out in Colorado site unseen off of Clubwagen and boy did it payoff! I got to see my new G-Wagen for the first time last night and it is in even better condition than I anticipated. I even had a neighbor mention that he thought it was around a year 2000 model; it’s a ’79 (technically it’s a ’79 with an ’81 engine). There is negligble rust (I was expecting a lot more especially given the truck is from CO), it looks great all around, starts at the first turn with virtually no smoke (remember it’s a diesel) and drives execellent. My only major concern to make it reliable is the transmission, as shifting into second is not always a pretty sound (though I knew there were transmission issues going into it). Once I deal with the tranny, my goal is to work on the conversion to Biodiesel (simply requires swapping out some fuel lines for new synthetic ones) and further research a potential conversion to vegi-oil. I am interested in the conversion kit offered by Lovecraft Biofuels since it does not require the addition of a seperate fuel tank for the oil and enables you to run petrol diesel, biodiesel and waste/new vegi-oil all from the original fuel tank.

All in all I am extremely happy with the truck and I feel like I got a great deal! I also don’t suspect I will be pulling up next to one just like it at a stoplight anytime soon :)

The truck has also received his new name from Amanda and the kids; “muddy ruddy” due to the fact that it was so unbelievably dirty from the trip out.

Biodiesel here I come

March6

After being part of the reason Toni decided to track down an older diesel SUV to use for a biodiesel conversion, I decided that it was long over due for me to do the same. So, I am the proud owner of this 1981 Mercedes 300GD which I plan to switch to biodiesel ready and am researching whether or not I will go all the way and try a vegi-oil conversion. I too went the “car enthusiast” route as Toni did and had to find something that I thought was cool and unique. Can’t get much more unique than a “gray market” car!

My new 300GD