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running vehicle on vegetable oil leads to smell?

Have any of you driven around in a car powered by veggie oil? The other day my mom out of no where asked me about having her car converted to that and since her Taurus is eating gas bad I said it was a fine idea. Also her work could get her the oil for free. A while ago I would read about it and I would always hear jokes in articles about the procedure along the lines of "its good, just hope you don't mind the smell of french fries" and etc. These were articles in magazines touting the procedure and were not critical. I am curious if there is a smell issue or what. And if you have done it yourself what do you think of it?

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Unless her Taurus is a diesel, you are out of luck.
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When I was in high school over 50 years ago our shop project was to get our 1925 fordson tractor running. The Fordson had 2 fuel tanks , one for gasoline and one for diesel. You started it on gas then when the engine got hot enough switched it over to diesel. at the end of the day you switched it back to gas for 3 or 4 minutes to get all the diesel out of the carb and lines. with an injected system and computer controls it could probabley be done, just a lot of work. If you have to pass smog inspection that would be more work. and there is the fuel road tax you are supposed to pay.
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There is no way to run a modern gas engine on diesel. Period.

Start with a diesel engine - preferably an older one with mechanical injection. The smell is not objectionable at all, in fact I think it smells good.
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check this out www.greasecar.com my neighbor runs it and you will smell the french fries or the chinese food.
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wait thats right i forgot why i even had lost interest in it, its for diesel engines. So i take it it has a smell but only the cars outside can smell it? Either way this is a good reason to buy a diesel.

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So you are saying though my taurus can be modified in that way? Why does the heat allow this sudden conversion?
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A friend of mine has one that is converted. My opinion is it is not worth the trouble. There is a lot of maintenance involved as the vegetable oil has a lot of impurities in it. His starts on regular diesel and after a few minutes he swaps over to the veggie oil. He is constantly changing filters and going to pick up oil. It is a dirty job to say the least. Not sure if all the time and effort is worth the savings. And yes his car does smell funny coming up the street.
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i can most deffinently build a stock pile and filtering, well im not sure how hard that would be. if it is a smell outside of the cab i would say thats fine.
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So you are saying though my taurus can be modified in that way? Why does the heat allow this sudden conversion?
I would never consider putting vegetable oil on a gas engine. You will likely ruin the fuel injectors, the pump, the lines, and who knows what else. The example that was given was on a carbureted vehicle. Diesel engines run off of cylinder pressure and heat. That's why there are no spark plugs but glow plugs. The one diesel pickup I drove you had to leave the key on the "ON" position until an indicator on the dash turned off before you could start the engine.


I helped my friend do this on his chevy pickup with the "minimax" engine. He just mixed it in with diesel and at most ran a 50/50. Never enough to smell french fries or anything. What we did was get it from chinese food restaurants. Then take it home and boil the water out of it. Make sure this is done outside and a fire extinguisher is around because oil fires are not something you want to deal with. All you need to do is get the temp above 212*F. We would take it to 300*ish and let it stay there for 20-30min. Then we used a pump and pushed it through a 50, 25, and 10 micron filters in series. We just used Inline house water filters. We designed and drew up some large scale filtering process but never got around to building it.

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