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(Some Guy)   Biodiesel fanatic mows his car once a week   ( divider line
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7023 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Jul 2002 at 11:34 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-07-22 11:37:55 PM  
yeah but he still drives a car
2002-07-22 11:38:05 PM  
I'll admit that the links i post aren't SUPER good but they are better than this crap.
2002-07-22 11:39:08 PM  
what is this shiat?
2002-07-22 11:39:47 PM  
Mmmm... french fries.
2002-07-22 11:40:44 PM  
2002-07-22 11:41:16 PM  
I hope he uses a biodiesel powered lawn mower
2002-07-22 11:42:36 PM  
my god.. it looks like JeffK designed that site..
2002-07-22 11:42:43 PM  
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2002-07-22 11:43:23 PM  

This guy can't concieve.
I realy do.
2002-07-22 11:43:33 PM  
It looks like someone covered their car with green shag carpet
2002-07-22 11:44:09 PM  
GIS for weedmobile:

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2002-07-22 11:47:21 PM  
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2002-07-22 11:48:07 PM  
Biodiesel is really cool stuff.
I wish the semi truck in front of me on the drive home had been using it.
2002-07-22 11:49:01 PM  
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The Next Generation of Fine Autos
2002-07-22 11:49:16 PM  
The world needs more textured cars.
2002-07-22 11:51:32 PM  
hmm took me about 10 minutes to figure out what the title meant... then i clicked on it...
2002-07-22 11:52:07 PM  
2002-07-22 11:53:23 PM  
Looks OK to me, TJ
2002-07-22 11:55:35 PM  
I read that as fanatic moos his cow once a week.

My mind imploded with visuals of what it means to 'moo' ones cow.

Then I realized I need to step away from the computer for a while.
2002-07-22 11:58:20 PM  
Okay. This person needs a lesson in HTML and a color coordination lesson from Christopher Lowell. Terrible website.
2002-07-22 11:59:05 PM  
Treat sodium methoxide with extreme caution! Do not inhale any vapors! If any sodium methoxide gets splashed on your skin, it will burn you without your feeling it (killing the nerves) -- wash immediately with lots of water. Always have a hose running when working with sodium methoxide.

Yeah, maybe this isn't for everyone.
2002-07-23 12:00:10 AM  
Didn't I see this car in a few episodes of bill nye the science guy???
2002-07-23 12:01:09 AM  
it will burn you without your feeling it (killing the nerves)

I'm assuming this is both a good and bad thing
2002-07-23 12:02:24 AM  
The only problem now is finding a decent looking/sounding diesel car to accept biodiesel fuel.
2002-07-23 12:03:14 AM  
Its the Chia-Car! Just add water and watch it grow!

What a tool.
2002-07-23 12:08:40 AM  
Well, if biodiesel doesn't get killed by Big Oil, it will be made by chemical engineers, and not hippies.
2002-07-23 12:12:07 AM  
I don't know about you guys, but last time I checked a gallon of vegetable oil was a lot more than a gallon of diesel.
2002-07-23 12:13:33 AM  
His website may be a$$inine, but the concept isn't.

If you can find one, VW makes TDI (turbo diesel injected)model, such as the Jetta Wagon, that get 50 MPG. These engines will also easily run biodiesel fuel, if it were more readily available. Hmm..., 50 mpg. and clean burning fuel, naaaah.. I'll get an SUV, and put an American flag on it. Go USA - Bomb Iraq!
2002-07-23 12:16:01 AM  
Website sucks monkey balls.....mmmmm......monkey balls.

*turns on oven*
2002-07-23 12:16:08 AM  
Aww, TDIs are awesome.
2002-07-23 12:29:53 AM  
Suckysucky, you left off one part of the SUV/USA flag thing...

You have to be a soccer mom, driving a massive foriegn SUV with the American flag sticker on it. Then, and only then, are you considered a complete ass monkey. "Look at me! I'm patriotic! I'm so patriotic I bought a foriegn car! Lemme slap a US flag on it!"
2002-07-23 12:46:41 AM  
HOLY shiat, this f*cking thing is from Corvallis Oregon. That thing is parked at the downtown Beannery every day. the Beanery by the way is a trendy coffe shop for all the hippes and hippie wana-be's
2002-07-23 01:10:11 AM  
I've been driving a Jetta TDI for about 18 mos. now. Everybody I know has been asking how much it costs, do I want to sell, etc.

I typically get 45-50 mpg while driving 80mph. When the wife and I go to San Francisco, we always take my car because hers can't handle the hills. I can drive from Bay Area N. CA. to Southern Oregon, and part way back on one tank..about $20.

If I could do that on used grease...even better! Yes, Optimus_Prime..a gallon of *new* vegetable oil is more than a gallon of diesel, but not *used*.

Unfortunately, the whole process will cost. You'd have to buy all the equipment, Methanol, etc. It probably wouldn't save you any money until you made hundreds of gallons.And, what if you dork up a batch and damage your car...does it cost to dispose of the waste? Do you just dump the hazardous waste in the forest thereby defeating any environmental benefits? etc etc etc.....
2002-07-23 01:22:45 AM  
I'm a bit skeptical about the "smells like french fries" part. What if the grease you used came from Captain D's? Well, at least it'll be easier to pick up some pussy.
2002-07-23 01:23:46 AM  

I believe the idea would be to:

1. Get American Auto makers to build efficient diesel/bio engines.

2. Get American Gov't to subsidize farmers to make fuel (also can be made from landfills).

3. Get American Companies/distributers to produce cheaper biodiesel in mass quantities- start with government/municipalities switching over.

4. reduce emissions

I'm jealous, I want a TDI too- how do you like your Jetta?
2002-07-23 01:27:00 AM  
You know...

if these weenies didn't look like they were insane, people might listen.

The car covered in Astroturf is pretty funny, but that "pusher car" is retarded. That "funky trailer" is quite clearly the front end of a second car, chopped off and with the engine rebuilt to run on biodiesel. An interesting prospect, but done poorly as hell due to the increased weight of the combined vehicle, increased lubricant use, etc etc, and the fact that he looks like a friendly neighbor's towing job gone horribly wrong. Now, if he'd managed to hide the diesel engine in the car itself, Prius-style, (hell, even hang the engine half out the car like it was the time circuits on the DeLorean, would be better than that!) he wouldn't look so dumb...

Refit a VW Rabbit to run on biodiesel, without it looking stoopid. Then we'll talk.
2002-07-23 01:34:50 AM  

How bout this:
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runs biodiesel, gets 50 Mpg. It's a wagon w/ roof rack and storage space too (more than Prius).

No, I'm not a VW dealer, I just want one, and there are no 2002 models left in my state...
2002-07-23 01:34:52 AM  
Just walk.
2002-07-23 01:38:00 AM  

been done, big time, it would seem.

And without looking stupid.

2002-07-23 01:44:21 AM  
SuckySucky: yeah, I decided to Google the subject, and came up with this and this. works, eh?

next step, make the distillation process cheaper until biodiesel is cheaper than petrol diesel. That's the only language that most private Americans understand, much less the big guns who drink diesel by the barrel, the fleet managers and long haul truckers. If petrol diesel is 2 bucks a gallon and biodiesel is 3 bucks a gallon, sorry biodiesel loses. Get bio down to a buck ninetyfive a gallon, and it wins. Isn't fighting an entrenched establishment a biatch...
2002-07-23 01:52:10 AM  
Methanol can cause blindness and death, and you don't even have to drink it, it's absorbed through the skin. Sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns and death. Together these two chemicals form sodium methoxide. This is an extremely caustic chemical.

Can you say Darwin Award in the making?
2002-07-23 01:57:00 AM  
Methanol's not absorbed through the skin, is it? I'm gonna look for an MSDS sheet for it.
2002-07-23 02:06:43 AM  
AndrewFish: good question.

It is.
2002-07-23 02:09:09 AM  
Er, it is.
2002-07-23 02:51:43 AM  
This car is here in my town. I see it every time I drive to the Safeway down the street.
2002-07-23 09:49:36 AM  
What does Big Veggie Oil have to say about this? Would would win in an arm wrestling contest, big oil or big veggie oil?
2002-07-23 10:19:55 AM  
Kyleh: I'm sure Big Veggie Oil is loving it. At least, they should, since it makes things easier on them. Botch a batch of cooking oil? Sell it on the cheap as fuel, still better than throwing it all out.

Or not, since "recycled" biodiesel(that is, reclaimed oil from the fryers) wouldn't go through them at all. It would go from the restaurants, to the companies that specialize in cooking oil -> fuel conversion, to the tanks. It's the new niche market for distillers that would take off.
2002-07-23 10:23:20 AM  
Good Question, wrong answer- you brush your teeth with it.

Now if you were making it in your basement, then you may want to take some precaution.

Read this:

Biodiesel, as it has become known generically, is a methyl ester derived from a wide range of vegetable oils and feedstocks. It is a safer and cleaner-burning oxygenated fuel that is free of sulfur and carcinogenic benzene.

Biodiesel is made through a conventional chemical process called transesterification. This process makes methyl esters and a by-product called glycerin, which is used in everything from toothpaste to antifreeze.

Material Safety Data

Section I Product Identification
Common Name: Biodiesel
Chemical Name: Fatty Acid Methyl Esters
Formula: C14-C24 Methyl esters
Chemical Family: CAS No: 67784-80-9

This Product Contains no Hazardous materials
SARA Title III Section 313 : Not Listed

Section VI - Health Hazard Data
Inhalation: No known problems
Skin Contact: Not classified as a skin irritant or corrosive material

OK, that's enough.
2002-07-23 11:14:55 AM  
BioDiesel will work in any diesel engine without modification.
This is true.

I wonder how the average consumer can make/buy a U.S. gallon of BioD for 50¢ though.
However, it is possible to harvest Veg. oil from algae. It has one of the highest, if not the highest yield of Veg. oil of any other plant form. Some company could/should produce a whole lot of plant oil in large tanks, filled with water and honeycomb style baffles. I am betting the cost of production would be way cheaper that making petrol Diesel. As an added bonus the source of oil/methanol is renewable.

I am almost %100 shure that you can by BioD at the pumps in Germany ( Germans am I right?) at or just less than the price of petrol diesel. Commercial Ships (in US and Canada anyway) are supposed to use at least a 80/20 PetrolD/BioD mix to cut down on emmisions and pollution... Supposed to anyway.
2002-07-23 02:56:23 PM  
If I may add something, in Europe, VW cas a small 4-door sedan called the Lupo. 3 cylinders, turbodiesel, gets 70+ MPG and handles/accelerates like a normal car. Eat that, Pruis/Insight!
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