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post #11 of 27 Old 06-25-2005, 08:36 PM
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WVO power!

its a bit messy when you suck it out of the collection tank outside restaurants, which I do from time to time but I have an old ford pickup with a flat bed and a couple 55Gal drums mounted to it.. so i dont really care if I drip a bit of grease all over it.. However the majority of the oil I use is via a systemI have setup with a local chinese restaurant where they drain the used cooking oil into the containers the new oil comes in, then when they refill, they save the containers for the next oil change, fill them up and then they call me and I pick them up.. they are pretty nice ( the containers) .. 5 Gal pails with screw on lids and carry handles. With this method you could pick them up in the nicest of cars in the trunk.. (maybe a bit of plastic tarp down first, just in case)

but for my pickup and filtering mechanisim, I use marine baitwell pumps (the four piston chamber variety) they are self priming, fairly powerful, and the grease does not bother them too much. I pump/pour the raw oil into the first of three drums, thru a stack of fine screen to get the big chunky bits, then pump into the second drum thru 30 micron racors, then into the final drum thru 10 micron racros, and before it goes into the car/boat/tractor/engine driven welder/truck/whatever it goes thru a set of 2 micron racors.


I am currently shopping for a 99 E class turbo diesel or a 96 non-turbo E class to put the wife in..and cannot wait to get rid of the gas sucking 2004 ford..then I will be all diesel ( er WVO.. ) then the collection and processing really starts to pay off..

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That's quite an elaborate setup. I thought 10 microns would be adequate for WVO use. Is this not the case?

I was kinda thinking my truck would be good for all the oil gathering as well, since I only really use it for home cheapo runs.

I hear you on the 210 chassis diesels for the wife. My wife and I were giving serious consideration to this one that Mecedes Benz of Tampa had on e-bay (they might still have it). It was a beautiful black on black '99 in excellent condition and low enough mileage to still qualify for the warranty. You might want to look into it.

\'87 Mer-B 300D (220,000 miles) (sold)
\'93 Mer-B 300D (173,000 miles) (sold)
\'87 Porsche 928 (101,000 miles)
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\'2001 CLK430 Cabrio (50,000 miles)

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I have a 1985 300D with 240,000 miles. The last 3,000 miles have been run on 100% biodiesel. I also have a 1999 E300 with 58,000 miles. The last 1,000 miles have been run on 100% biodiesel. This fuel is wonderful. The only smoke is a little white smoke for 10-15 seconds from the 1985 300D from a cold start. The 1999E300 will not smoke at all. Both cars start quicker using biodiesel. I live in northwest Ohio and I know that I con not use 100% all year round, but plan to use as high of a percentage as possible. The only downside with biodiesel is a very slight power loss. It is hardly noticeable in the 1985, but it is noticeable in the 1999. I highly recommend this fuel.
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i'm in the process of converting a 1980 300D to run WVO. it's a 2 tank system with custom steel tank, HOH heated lines, separate veg and dino filters, shared lift pump, and 2 three-port solenoids.
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ncofmbd,
Do you use the conversion kit, or just the same fuel system, with b100?
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No "conversion" is needed to run B100. Both cars have over 4,000 on B100. However, I did need to replace the fuel lines between the injectors, the incoming fuel line, and the return line on my 1985 300D. These lines were nearly twenty years old and had been exposed to hours of heat cycling which degrades many things over time. The fuel lines on this car at the tank are fine which tells me the lines that are at risk to high percentages of biodiesel are line with age adn heat exposure. I tried many types of materials for the fuel lines, but the onluy one that worked is the one that has been recommended which is Vton. You can purchase Viton at McMaster-Carr; they are online. Viton as a material is saltly in price, but it works very well.
My 1999 E300 runs fine on B100. I have found some writings that suggest that Mercedes began using fuel lines more condusive to biodiesel back in the late 1990's. In warmer weather I seldom wait for the glow plug light to go out on this car before I crank the engine.
Just try it, you will love it.
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I presently have a main tank full of B100 that I homebrewed myself and the second "hot" tank is also full of filtered used cooking oil (WVO), getting ready for a 1600Km trip.
It's a great set up and the Benz just loves it, purrs like a contented kitten.
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jfraley, did you do any converting on your 300D?

After reading your post, it sounds like no conversion is needed to run grease. Any of your friends that run grease have an SD like mine? If so, please ask if they converted anything, thanks.

I am in LA, California and paid $3.49 this morning for diesel. A station had it for $2.99 on Monday, up to $3.19 on Wednesday and $3.29 by Fri.
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300D/300SD - plan to convert

Hello, I am currently in the market for an early-mid 80's 300D/300SD with plans to convert to veggie. Fortunately my roommate is in the biodiesel business here in California, so I can buy veggie off him for $1.50 per gallon. I still remember the day, only 5 years ago when Regular unleaded dropped, for a few weeks, to a low of 75 cents per gallon, in my hometown of Kansas City. These days are gone, and I look forward to shifting the power structure of the oil empire into the hands of the people. We'll have to do this one car at a time-- and it's becoming more and more viable each day. Running veggie oil doubles the life expectancy of a diesel engine because it is more lubricative, and I hear these Mercedes' are built like tanks, so I figured it's the best way to go. Anyway, cheers to all you cats going VEG.
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Right, I am not sure that a "conversion" is necessary. (See jfraley's posts above) I am imagining that first tank of free grease with no conversion whatsoever.
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