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September 30, 2004, 12:02 AM
danalinscott
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A ten step guide to converting diesel vehicles to SVO/WVO fuel
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Each of the steps in the summary below is provided as detailed tutorials HERE.

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Summary

Step 1.
Determine if VO fuel is an economically viable/wise option in your specific circumstance.
(e.g. will a VO conversion at least pay for itself?)

These links may be helpful in this process...
What does it cost? How much can I save?
What are the best engines/vehicles to convert?
"Hidden costs" of converting to VO fuel.

Step 2.
Determine if you have a low cost supply of veg oil available and secure that source.
Finding and securing a source of wvo.

Step 3.
Determine if your engine is in good shape , what configuration is most appropriate for your vehicle, climate, and budget and which components will be required to convert it.
Buying a used diesel engine/car/truck -Avoiding worn out engines.
The differences between "single tank and "two tank" VO conversions
Conversion Parts and Accessories
Is this engine/vehicle well suited to conversion to VO fuel?

Step 4.
Decide if you want to assemble or fabricate your own components as well as install them...or buy the components as a "kit". If in doubt seriously reconsider your decision. Be realistic.
Assembling your own conversion kit.
Kit comparison charts
Major kit Vendors

Step 5.
Make or purchase a prefilter/dewatering unit. There are many options depending on your budget and the quality of available wvo. Test the prefiltered/dewatered wvo fuel to make certain that you you can produce WVO fuel that is "dry enough" to not damage IPs and/or injectors.
FAQs - Processing

Step 6.
Determine what components will be needed in your conversion to safely use the WVO fuel you will have available in the climate/application you plan to use it in.
The basic components/part needed for a VO conversion

Step 7.
Order your kit or gather your parts/components/materials to make you own.

Step 8.
Install your veg oil conversion.

Step 9.
Test your veg oil conversion.

Step 10.
Maintain your veg-oil conversion.

Each of the steps in the above summary is provided as detailed tutorials HERE.
For even MORE detail follow the links provided at the end of each of those tutorials.

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Important!!!
Perhaps the most important advice that can be given is to not expect an old worn out diesel engine to work well for very long on WVO. Diesel engines are designed to be very durable and tolerant of abuse but this does not mean they can run reliably on wvo for long if they are in poor shape already. Unless you are willing to accept that even a very good conversion may lead to the demise of a worn out (but running) or poorly maintained engine it is best to only convert diesel engines that are in good running condition and make certain that you do not neglect regular maintanance.
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Happy "greasing"!
Dana
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Note: If you have basic questions please ask them HERE and they will be answered as quickly as possible. The questions and answers will then be archived and indexed so others with these same questions can find them easily later.

Also:
Some acronyms and abbreviations whose meanings may not be readily apparent to "newbies" are commonly used in these tutorials. For a list with meanings and discussion of these go to Terms and Acronyms.

Finally:
If you have any comments or suggestions on this tutorial that may improve it please post them at this link: Suggestions for the "Ten Steps to converting to VO Fuel" tutorial

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NOTE: The VO conversion knowledge base and technology advances rapidly.
So each year I try to update the "10 steps" tutorial and add more helpful links to each step so "newbies" can find the specific info they are looking for more easily without having to search through over 10 years of forum discussions. This year the owner of the forum decided to archive discussions over a year old in a separate area. A LOT of it has become outdated and creates more confusion than neccesary. Since even oudated information developed in this forum tends to be incorporated into the general knowledge base of other VO information resources I attempt to provide a clear summation of what information may be outdated as well as links to current info on the subject anyone considering converting to VO (or currently offers conversion kits or services) should be aware of.

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April 26, 2009, 12:38 PM
rpbio
Thanks a ton for the guide, I forwarded two buddies of mine to this and they now get the whole picture of what is involved in going svo. For the one of them it really is going to save him some coin, so thanks again for a well written guide.


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September 18, 2009, 11:05 PM
kurtdaniel
tnx for this great article..its nice to know that vege oil conversion technology advances rapidly.. egr valve should also be changed in this process definitely..

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May 24, 2010, 06:52 AM
smithlanger1
sounds good to me

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September 28, 2010, 12:49 AM
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November 05, 2010, 01:08 AM
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quote:
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Determine if your engine is in good shape , what configuration is most appropriate for your vehicle, climate, and budget and which components will be required to convert it.



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May 18, 2011, 06:26 AM
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quote:

These links may be helpful in this process...
What does it cost? How much can I save?
What are the best engines/vehicles to convert?
"Hidden costs" of converting to VO fuel.

Step 2.
Determine if you have a low cost supply of veg oil available and secure that source.
Finding and securing a source of wvo.

Step 3.
Determine if your engine is in good shape , what configuration is most appropriate for your vehicle, climate, and budget and which components will be required to convert it.
Buying a used diesel engine/car/truck -Avoiding worn out engines.
The differences between "single tank and "two tank" VO conversions
Conversion Car Parts and Accessories
Is this engine/vehicle well suited to conversion to VO fuel?

Step 4.
Decide if you want to assemble or fabricate your own components as well as install them...or buy the components as a "kit". If in doubt seriously reconsider your decision. Be realistic.
Assembling your own conversion kit.
Kit comparison charts
Major kit Vendors

Step 5.
Make or purchase a prefilter/dewatering unit. There are many options depending on your budget and the quality of available wvo. Test the prefiltered/dewatered wvo fuel to make certain that you you can produce WVO fuel that is "dry enough" to not damage IPs and/or injectors.
FAQs - Processing

Which is more advisable make a dewatering unit or just purchase one? True enough there is a lot of options but which one is the best? please advise.. will really appreciate it..

sorry,did not notice that this was a 2004 thread.. got i tin the search option.