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Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:34 pm
by archemily
Just thought I'd start a list.
Vauxhall Vectra 1998 DL (not the turbo version.)
Ran well on bio with no loss of performance, no modifications rqd. It had the Bosh pump & injectors. Had to scrap the car because it had a repeatedly dodgy engine mount. Bought it 2nd hand so the car had probably been pranged and the frame was a wee bit bent.

My friend runs a similar age Pergeot 306 diesel and has made no mods & hasn't had any issues with performance either.

You get told that bio derv rots the rubber hoses. Perhaps it does on older cars but no problems found on these two by K & I.

Madest thing I ever saw was an article in Chemistry & Industry magazine about 25yrs ago now :oops: which told of a Scottish guy who got 300mpg on a 340 petrol Volvo because he did some jiggery pokery with adding water to the fuel mix. He was showing a small black box about 18" by 10" over the engine of the car in the photo. It was this box that held the 'magic' mechanics. I can remember checking to see if it was the April issue. It wasn't. Not heard of it since. Wish I could remember which issue it was. Anyone else out there remember it? :banghead:

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:44 pm
by ShaunP
Running on Bio is a very complex question. Have a look at this website and you will start to see how complex it can be!!! None the less.......when I can get waste oil I use it to make bio for my car and van.

http://www.vegetableoildiesel.co.uk/forum/index.php

Dont know how to make it a clinky link!!

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:04 am
by trikerdrew
Hi ,

My little van works fine on wvo.

Vaux combo 1.7 merit non turbo.

Rescued van for £80 and fixed electrics and run for the last 12 months.

Prior to this I ran a rover 620sdli on wvo for two years.

regards

Drew

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:00 am
by Green Aura
Sorry Drew, as a complete no-hoper where cars/engines/mechanical things in general are concerned - what's wvo? :lol:

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:50 am
by Millymollymandy
SusieGee wrote:
Green Aura wrote:Sorry Drew, as a complete no-hoper where cars/engines/mechanical things in general are concerned - what's wvo? :lol:


Waste Vegetable Oil Maggie :iconbiggrin:

But that's WVOM.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:25 pm
by Green Aura
:lol: :lol: :lol:

We don't have WVO here - I use it to fuel my oil lamps.

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:28 pm
by Big Al
archemily wrote:Just thought I'd start a list.
Vauxhall Vectra 1998 DL (not the turbo version.)
Ran well on bio with no loss of performance, no modifications rqd. It had the Bosh pump & injectors. Had to scrap the car because it had a repeatedly dodgy engine mount. Bought it 2nd hand so the car had probably been pranged and the frame was a wee bit bent.

My friend runs a similar age Pergeot 306 diesel and has made no mods & hasn't had any issues with performance either.

You get told that bio derv rots the rubber hoses. Perhaps it does on older cars but no problems found on these two by K & I.

Madest thing I ever saw was an article in Chemistry & Industry magazine about 25yrs ago now :oops: which told of a Scottish guy who got 300mpg on a 340 petrol Volvo because he did some jiggery pokery with adding water to the fuel mix. He was showing a small black box about 18" by 10" over the engine of the car in the photo. It was this box that held the 'magic' mechanics. I can remember checking to see if it was the April issue. It wasn't. Not heard of it since. Wish I could remember which issue it was. Anyone else out there remember it? :banghead:



I believe that this "jiggery pokery device" and patents were bought out by the fuel companies.

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:16 pm
by Oilystairs
Hi, i would like to start making my own biodiesel over here in france. I know the UK chancellor allows 2500litres for personal use without any tax but anyone know if the french tax man allows a simlar amount? Long shot but hey

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:46 pm
by oldjerry
So who's coming round to your place to check how much you're using?

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:54 pm
by dave45
Does anyone on here make their own biodiesel ? I've been saving my WVO for the last year... must have at least 5 litres now ! What do I do next?

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:58 pm
by Oilystairs
Hi Oldjerry, i get your drift but i think the french tax man would probably fine me heavily if i was avoiding paying duty. Chances of getting caught very low but still........... The thing that worries me is that UK ebay is flooded with kits for making biodiesel but not a sausage on the french ebay.

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:46 pm
by oldjerry
You and I have a different attitude to the law,for me the individual is sacrosanct,on the other hand the state..........

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:00 pm
by oldjerry
More practically,the general opinion around here (and it could well be wrong) is that anything that has a Bosch fuel pump will befine.I'd run 50/50 veg oil to diesel,but others run neat veg oil.When veg oil was cheaper people bought 10 litres from T***o and stuck it straight in in the car park,(illegal of course, so you would'nt ever do that ,who would?) but now you're better off filtering the used stuff from the chip shop.Plenty of people run Landies on it (crap non Bosch pumps) but NOT any of the new(ish) common rail diesels.Even if you run straight diesel,shove some veg oil in when you go for the MOT,and you'll always pass the emissions test. Best Wishes.

Re: Cars that run on Bio Derv

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:33 am
by Carltonian Man
archemily wrote: did some jiggery pokery with adding water to the fuel mix.


Google water injection, you can buy the kits but some people are even making their own