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  1. My processing setup is mainly an all in one although due to the oil I have been getting of late and the fact I don't want to store loads of it due to ( Finally) moving house soon, I have an open top drum I am pre filtering with. This is just an open top 44 that I got some felt like material the Mrs didn't want any more ( but it was a Lovely shade of purple when she bought it 10+ years ago) that I put in the drum with a deep pocket and secured with a Cheap Tie down strap. The drum has a Bung I welded in at the bottom. When the thing is about half full ( as the felt goes about half way down so filtration stops) I pump it out into a holding drum till I'm ready to process. The processor is another 44 that is inverted and I have tapped into the large bung hole with an adaptor and that feeds the $80 Pump I got from Bunnings. The output of the Pump has a T piece, one side goes to the tank direct to aerate the oil ( Like sticking a garden hose atop the water in a swimming pool and creating a stream of air bubbles) and the other side goes to a Blue House water filter with a 5UM element in it then returns to the tank. The bottom of the tank has some holes cut in it. One has a fan mounted sucking the air OUT of the tank, the other lets the air in and is the fill hole and the other was so I could make a panel with fittings for the oil to shoot into the tank to dry it and the other is the filtered return. It is IMPERATIVE to have a fan sucking the air out of the tank. The splashing/ aeration caused by the high pressure stream of oil returning evaporated the moisture out of the oil. If there is no active air circulation, the air just humidifies and no further drying takes place. I also found ( the hard way) that having the air blowing in is no good either. Don't ask me why, but having the air forced in is MUCH slower for drying than having the air sucked out. Tried the test many times and the results are repeatable and constant. I fill the drum, let the oil circulate just through the return for a bit if the weather is cool to warm the oil from the pump and then open the valve for the oil to go through the filter. If the filtration is very slow or stops fairly quick, either you have putrid oil ( which you won't have if you pre filter it through a shopping bag or material) or there is a bit too much fat and the oil is cool enough to let it block the filter. If the weather is cold and I know I have wet oil, I usually hit the side of the drum with one of my WVO burners ( ) ( ) and get the oil up to about 70o. This drives the water off much faster and of course allows it to filter very easily. Depending on how wet the oil is to start with, I let the processor run from anything from 3 hours to 30 Min. Once it's going, no need to hang around, it's fine on its own. I can do a hot pan test to check how dry the oil is but having done this for 8 years now, I pretty much know by experience. I disconnect the hose from the filter at the return point on the drum and then use that hose to pump the oil into either the storage drum or the small 25L drums I use to fill the truck. Lots of people whine about how long it takes to much around prepping the oil but it's all in the setup. I'm doing it slower than what I used to atm and I'm also doing a lot of it manually where I used to pump it for exercise. that being the case, If I spent 30 Min hands on time to produce about 175L of oil, I'd be taking my time. I do it it stages so it may be a couple of 5 min stints to fill the pre filter tank and then pump it to the holding drum, another 10 to fill the processor and set it going and another 10 to pump it into the small drums. For me it's a hobby but at $250++ I save on buying fuel, it's well worth my time! I'll try to get some pics of the setup in the next couple of days as I'm ready to do another batch pretty soon. I wouldn't ( and don't) bother with a HE and I'm in sydney where it's a lot cooler for a lot longer in the year than Brisvegas. I Drove up there last July to shoot a job and didn't change a thing on my truck and never had any problems other than a load of crap Diesel I bought when I mis calculated oil consumption. The irony of running the truck on rubbish that so many criticise without a problem only to have trouble with fuel that costs the equivalent of gold compared to what I normally use pi$$ed me off no end! A HE is only of any use once the vehicle has warmed up. Electric heaters are a complete and utter con. I had an entertaining conversation with a company rep that was pushing the things on a veg forum and being the bastard I am, Finally got the guy to admit, his $300 heaters he had touted so highly were incapable of warming the oil even a 3L Diesel would use more than 3-5o C. IE, completely and utterly useless! And his heaters were supposed to be the best. YA! Obviously if you use coolant driven heaters which are the only ones with enough grunt to do anything, they don't work till the engine is warmed up. Once the engine is up to temp, the underbonnet temp and hot air off the exhaust will take care of any necessary heating. What I did do last winter to ensure I didn't get any fats blocking the filter was to replace the OEM filter with one from a Subaru. These are a round metal filter with spigots coming off the top which makes them dead easy to hook up. I sat the filter right on the exhaust manifold next to the turbo. Now most of the pedantic Veg oil keyboard warriors will crap on about over heating the oil with exhaust. Of course like most things, they use flawed mental dreaming to assume their conclusions. I have, like most things, got my hands dirty and knuckles skinned and TESTED it. I used a length of copper along the down pipes on my other NA 4.2 and clamped it as securely as I could in plenty of places and rant the oil through that. Result: The oil was able, at times, to get lukewarm. There is a big difference between having a pipe sitting at 300oC and transferring that heat into another pipe and then to a liquid that doesn't have a fantastic heat coefficient to start with. As such, sticking the fuel filter on the turbo Manifold doesn't cause it to get overly hot either. Probably heat soaks a bit once the engine is stopped but that's more going to be heat radiated through the air than direct convection. Today I was Checking the oil etc after I drove the thing about 10 KM and the Filter which is now sitting beside the Brake booster ( no need for heat in summer) was noticeably warm anyway. I dial my fuel up pretty well at times and the Subaru Filter have no trouble keeping up unlike a lot of others I have tried and last really well. I normally recommend running 5% ULP in veg oil because it brings the timing back closer to that of Diesel and thins the oil a bit as well. Most engines, depending on how they are tuned/ where the fueling is, will pick up a bit of power over straight oil and it does make for a bit easier starts in winter when the oil is cold and can be a bit thick. I'd definitely recommend 5-10% ULP in winter but having said that, I have started my truck at -3 on several occasions and once at -6 on a country trip last year on straight oil and had no problems at all. That said, I have been lazy ( and tight) all this summer so have been running straight oil for months. I run around the suburbs ( endlessly after my kids) as well as having done 300+ Km trips to the country an average of once a month for the last 5 months. The truck runs fine and I have not have had any fuel related issues. Water pump, power steering pump have started to leak and the alternator died one night coming back, but no running problems. Westy, Are you still running the WMO and how is that/ did that go? I can get loads of that but like most people with Veg, I'm a bit scared of the unknown. I did try some with one of my little industrial engines on my induction generator. It didn't like it. Started off OK but after a few hours running, the thing started smoking a lot. Too much for my liking and the exhaust note had changed noticeably. I put it back on Bio and after an hour or so it came good again. some people on the Cogen forums said I should have thinned it but the same engine has a lot of hours on straight veg without a problem. Anyway, be interested to know how you went with it in your truck.
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    GU3 steering wheel

    Airbag related wiring is always wrapped in bright yellow sheathing as well. This should be on the bag, under the dash and on the sensors.
  3. A couple of weeks back, a friend of mine woke up in the night to the sound of running water. Getting up to investigate he put his feet on the bedroom floor and the water was almost ankle deep. The flexible hose on the bathroom sink tap had blown out and the mat was covering the drain hole so the water spilled out all through the house by the time he heard it and woke up. Major problems and ruined contents. Tonight the Mrs was cooking dinner and panicked when she saw "smoke" coming out of the sink cupboard. Opening it she got sprayed with hot water. When we cleared the sodden mess out, the braided hose for the flick mixer tap I put in less than 2 years ago had split and was spraying water everywhere. Didn't take long for the water to be running across the kitchen floor. If it had happened while I was asleep or out, It would have been a giant shitfight like my friends place. The real scary thing was that I was going to go away tonight for a week but felt tired and not wanting to rush packing, the mrs and I decided to leave in the morning instead. I think I'll be turning off the water and pulling the water heater fuse and some others before I go now. My mates whole house upstairs and downstairs suffered a LOT of damage and of course the insurance company weasels are trying to shaft him on the claim. Not nice a few weeks out from his wedding which is where I was heading off to. Could have been a whole lot worse off than him with the water going for a week! SO... If you have these Chit flexible pipes in your home, be careful! A google search shows these things burst all the time and cause all sorts of grief. If I find the crap in the next house I'll be throwing it the Chit house and replacing it with good old copper. And if I come across a place that has that crap plastic plumbing.... NEXT!!! A plumber once bragged to me it was guaranteed for 20 years. I said that means the house i'm living in now would have had all the walls ripped out 5 times now to replace the garbage. It's not even cheaper than copper, it's just faster for the lazy arse plumbers to put in the places when they are being built. If you have to have these flexible braided hoses, Might be an idea to replace them every so often to avoid catastrophe. My house has wooden floors so I'll be boring a couple of 1" holes through the bottom of the cupboards and the floor so if the worst does happen, Hopefully the run off won't spread so far. Bit hard if your on a slab but that may be reason not to have these things at al!
  4. I sold mine. The old girl anyway. Been keeping it around and going to do it up for my son but he's not really interested especially since experiencing the turbo power of the new one. I sold it not running and no rego and had a heap of people ring for it. 1st guy to come look Bought it on the spot and had a tow truck come and take it away within 2 hours. Always sad to see an old vehicle go. That thing never gave me one bit of trouble and the only money I spent on it was tyres and rego. I even got a Grand more for the thing than I paid for it. The new one goes in for a new HD clutch on Monday. Getting the rear main done and new engine mounts as well.
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    Veg oil home heater.

    Heres a Vid of the baby in action going to work on an old alternator I was going to take to scrap. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS47JZl--Qs I'm half Inclined to take the thing up the wrecking yard when I visit in a couple of weeks and try it on an engine just for chits and giggles. I reckon I could knock one over in 30 Min without much problem. Might have to set it up on some wire to let the ally drip through and catch the steel bits. Might even make an interesting bit of wall art for the workshop.
  6. Just saw this topic has come to light again. I have been running the Turbo Troll at 11 PSI after purchasing one of those little boost controller things. Best $40 ever spent! The thing spools up SOOOO much quicker now and transformed the thing. It's so much better off the lights and a real torque monster down low. THE Boost controller seems to have done as advertised and stopped a lot of the wastegate creep down low. I dialed the thing up to 20 Psi for a couple of trips round the block but it didn't make much difference. There is enough air at 11 Psi to burn all the fuel I want to put in it so anything else is just hot air and stress for nothing. I still can't back the fuel out of the bottom enough without killing the rest of the rev range badly so it's something I have to watch. I'll keep blending with 5% ULP and hope that helps with combustion as I'm sure it does. I put a water injection on in my traditional way, windshield washer pump through a garden micro nozzle and am spraying into the airbox. Some hits the filter, some goes straight through to the turblow. I have been keeping an eye on the blades for the parroted erosion but unsurprisingly, no sign of it so far. Biggest surprise has been it hasn't even washed off the oily crap that the PVC vent was dumping in there before I pulled that stupid idea out. I was wondering if a little tiny bit of washing liquid may help shift that and any other crud further down the line without building up somewhere else. The water makes a big difference to the way the thing goes. I'm running about 400Ml/min to keep the effects of Veg build up at bay seeing I can't really clean the thing up at low revs with the non compensated pump. The water makes a difference far more than I would have expected, especially when this engine is so grunty to start with. You can tell when the water runs out because the edge to the torque just falls right off. I noticed the water made it harder to drive smoothly because any little indiscretion with the clutch or throttle is greatly magnified when the squirt is running. ATM I have it coming on at 3 PSi because the thing will boost to 2 PSI just on the flat at 100 kmh. In that way the water is great because as soon as you touch the throttle the water and boost are there together. I had the water coming on at just 1 PSI and to my surprise, the engine didn't mind it at all. Just goes through a LOT of water when it's pretty much on all the time. So far I haven't tried this one with meth. It will be interesting because maybe it will allow the veg to be backed off and the difference made up with the WI which will help keep the engine clean. I might go get 10 L of E85 tomorrow and wash the petrol out and see how it goes.
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    Do You use a real camera?

    I mentioned an SLR to an army bloke once and he thought I was talking about a gun. Self Loading Rifle as they are known in that trade. I was doing some pics of a mates girlfriend the other day and he was wandering around outside snapping pics of my junk with his phone. He loaded them to that instagram thing and sent me the link. I hope he doesn't take up photography, I wouldn't like to compete with his artistic skill. I told him I thought he had a real good eye for things but of course he just thought I was trying to be nice. Ya think after 20 years he'd have learnt I'm never nice about anything. I was ant my Nephews Birthday party last night and he brings out a Canon 650D he bought himself and showed me the pics he had taken on his morning runs as a Garbage truck driver. MY Grandparents always told me that I didn't want to end up driving a garbage truck but I know plenty of well qualified people that don't earn near what he does! For a garbo, he's another one I don't want changing professions. He was making excuses for the pics the whole time I'm thinking " Wish I had taken that!". I sent him some links for lenses and a flash he wants to buy like mine and when he gets a bit of gear he will have some very worthwhile pics I think. One thing that has always amused me with people is when they say " I don't take very good pictures so I don't take them very often." I always replay, I'm pretty hopeless at things I never do or practice either. I can take good pictures but that skill didn't come about through god given natural talent. It takes practice." That seems to strike a chord with people basically because its 100% true. Only way I know to improve at something is to practice. Bit of reading theroy doesn't hurt either but the hands on stuff is very important. My niece also reminded me of something I mentioned about phones. Her 6 month old bit of cutting edge technology had a freak out and the lithium battery had a minor meltdown, melt being the operative word. She's stressing if she can get her data, mainly pictures and numbers off the thing because she used that almost exclusively on her OS trip she not long got back from. I like her Boyfriend, I think he's a smart guy and he endeared himself a bit more to me by giving her some grief about using a phone for photo taking instead of a real camera. He's not shy of a Quid and told me he has taken her into camera shops a dozen times and told her to pics something out but she says she prefers her phone. He said from now on he'll just get the thing and download it and back it up every month for her. Fortunately he's blessed with a few more smarts than my very loveable and sweet although somewhat absent minded Niece.
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    Do You use a real camera?

    I half caught an ad on TV the other night for a phone with some new Mega camera built in. I can't remember the MP but it seemed huge for a phone. Don't watch much TV ( maybe an hour a week) so I haven't seen it since but obviously the Camera thing is proving to be a big accessory on phones. I printed a Photo taken under ideal conditions ( bright sunlight) from my sons Iphoney4. Did it close to it's native size of 6x8 and It wasn't bad at all I have to say. Unfortunately it seems that most pics I see people take are in terrible lighting that no camera would do well with. A friend of mine is into fitness and the last couple of years has entered one magazines annual Photo comp. Before you had to send in a pic on a white Background, this year they changed it to "Selfies". I was looking online the other day and the resulting dogs breakfast is exactly what I would have predicted. All these people starting at phones in a Mirror. It looks totally lame and I wonder how long it will be before this current trendy Fo Par is realised for what it is. Stupid. Out of all the entries I saw, Only one person used an actual camera. I checked the rules and no where does it say you have to use a phone, I guess that's just what people relate it to these days along with the proliferation of pics taken on phones. I think Picture taking is going backwards with phones. Years ago photos were bit of a hit and miss affair often resulting in poor quality. Things got better with the advent of electronics and then Digital but now they are going backwards again with the use of camera phones. People seem to take less care and don't have any sense of quality. If it looks ok on the 2' screen it must be good. Often it's not. I reckon in the future there will be a lot of people without many pics of themselves or missing a lot of important moments. It seems few people actually save their images from their phones and phones have a habit of getting dropped and lost and destroyed. If all the pics of your kids are on there from the last 12 months-2 years, that's going to be a big part of their growing up gone missing. For those that have lots of pics on HDDS, DO back them up! I have lost plenty of my own kids pics through HDD's crashing, sometimes when they were only weeks old. Now I make directories every month on my Machine and at the beginning of each month I Plug in another HDD, transfer that months pics and away it goes again till next month. In January, I back all the years pics to yet another drive as well. I'm always changing drives on my machine so I just use regular SATA drives but portable HDDS are ideal for this and are too cheap not to do it now.
  9. My son Finished school this week and had his formal on Monday and graduation today. On monday night there were about 50 Kids and proud parents all converged on a teachers house where they caught a Vintage Bus to go into the function in the city. Out of all the parents there, I saw on little P&S camera. Everyone else was snapping away madly on their phones. Today it was about 1500 parents and while I saw maybe 20-30 real cameras and only a few SLR's, again there were HUNDREDS of people squinting into their phones ( and a few Iplads) Snapping away at what really were a fine Bunch of kids. After I gained world famous status at The school this week after my son uploaded all the pics from Monday on Facewaste in hi res for them to download. I got besieged today with kids and parents wanting to mark this occasion as well. I'm pretty sure a good number of them thought I was the Hired "Official" shooter. Wasn't a problem but many of the comments I heard got me thinking. It really seemed that many people though I must have been a pro shooter just because I had an actual SLR camera rather than taking my happy snaps on a phone. One of My son's friends SIster who was their with her entry level SLR and Kit lens told me when we were standing around after the event that she had been asked 3 times if she was a professional because of her camera. I'm pretty surprised at this. I see so many of the " I got a camera for Christmas so now I'm a pro shooter" types trying to make a buck I thought everyone pretty much owned a digi SLR these days or at least a tiny pocketable thing worth $129 that would have left my $10K Digi SLR's of 10 years ago for dead. I know Phone cams these days are considered so good and that mags have published covers taken on them but frankly and without being pedantic, I haven't seen an image out of a phone that has impressed me yet. Yeah, they look great on a 2x3" phone screen but when you stuff around and put them on the 27" on the computer or lord forbid, try to print one to an 8x12, they look pretty ordinary without fixing noise, colour balance and a lot of other details. My kids have to have the latest and greatest from Crapple and Samflungdung and I have tested the pics from these things and I am left wondering does anyone ever take the pics off their phones and print them or view them on a screen you can actually see? What really gets me is how people try to take pics in the dark and other terrible and wrong lighting and then look at the image and declare it a good one because "it came out!" Light people, Use some LIGHT instead of expecting to get a picture of any worth in the bloody dark! I have a bunch of the Little P&S camera's I use for my business and the images off those things are awesome. I would have no problems shooting a wedding on one . I take My little GX1 canons everywhere with me and the pics I get are every bit as good as my SLR's. Sooooo, I'm just wondering what people here use? Do you rely on your phone for picture taking or do you prefer a real camera? Do you ever print out your Phone pics and how do you think they compare to pics printed from a real camera? Also, if you are a phone pic taker, do you ever back these up on your computer or laptop or just upload them to faceache or.....?? Anyone take stills with a go-Pro?
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    Bogaard turbo timer

    Seriously I wouldn't worry about a turbo timer. They have been pretty conclusively debunked as being of no benefit other to the people peddling them to get richer. Modern turbos and oils don't suffer the same fate as older style turbos and I can't think of a single manufacturer that fits a turbo timer to any new vehicle despite how many there are these days. I was going to fit one to my truck but then I read up on them and to my mind the evidence was overwhelming they are a load of guff. My own truck has been without one for 20 years and hasn't stuffed the turbo yet without one so why bother? How many wires does the timer you want to use have anyway? The one I picked up only has 3 or 4 and they were easy to figure out. Those plug adapters give me the irrits. $25 to cater for people that can't figure out how to cut and solder wires together. My son brought another of his mates round the other day for me to fit yet another stereo. He was crestfallen when he discovered the adapter was wrong. I sent him back to supercheapo and told him to get a refund as I had one in the shed and I'd find it while they were gong. Time they got back I'd tapped into the wiring without cutting off the original plug and had the thing all hooked up. They didn't even notice there was no connector being too excited with the new sounds. Cost me a hell of a lot less than $25 to wire the thing in and it didn't take any more time than going to buy a connector and coming back would have anyway. I did find the Turbo Timer I picked up to make an excellent shed light timer though. 12V plugpack and a 12/240V relay and I can switch off the shed light and walk over all the rubbish and be well back in the house before the light turns off. Much better than tripping over crap on the way out of the shed and stepping in what the dog who refuses to go on the grass leaves behind on the driveway about 5 times a day.
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    Veg oil home heater.

    Well it's been a while but I recently built the scariest burner of all so far. It's doing 300Kw which isn't a huge leap from the smaller one in output but it is when your standing next to the barstard! The elbow on the top of the Burner is 4" and it's full of fast moving flame. I think this one could go possibly as high as 500KW but I have maxed out the air on the industrial blower. I made the intake 2" for better airflow and the blower gets the air in at much lower pressure than with the little one. If I could supply more air, then I could also introduce more fuel and get more heat. The thing sure sucks down the Fuel! I use 25L transparent square drums and while you can't quite see the fuel going down, you can sure see the difference in 5 min! It takes a lot of feeding compared to the others. I had about 150L of crappy Veg oil I set aside earlier in the year for burner fuel because I couldn't be bothered cleaning it up for use in the truck. I sure got through that fast with this thing. Few good play/ melt sessions and it was gone. The 300Kw burner is awesome. I threw an alternator in front of the thing when it wasn't near flat out and the thing melted all the aluminium off from a cold start in 2.5 min. I pulled the rotor off the plate that it was sitting on in front of the flame and that Kilo or so of steel was glowing red hot. The copper windings didn't fuse though which surprised me but the thing was too hot to touch for 30 min. I completely melted a manifold almost as fast as I could push it into the flame once it the first bit melted. Being long and with long branch runners I couldn't get the flame over more than and end at a time but once the end melted which took about 15 sec, as fast as I could more the rest of it into the flame it was gone. I had the thing turned up pretty well at that stage and after the holocaust the next day, I realised that there had been a heap of Molten ally sprayed all down the driveway on the concrete. I thought the amount of ally that I got from the manifold was a lot less than I thought. I picked up a couple of cup fulls in sprayed/ powder off the drive which I remelted again and it was definitely ally not dirt. Bit too much thrust there. I have to concede, I don't see the 1000Kw job becoming a reality any time soon. To get enough air you would have to probably go to a really substantial blower. I'm thinking 3 phase or petrol driven. The inlet would have to be 4" minimum I reckon. The outlet would probably have to be around 6" to allow for the gas expansion and to keep the back pressure reasonable. Fuel feed might need to be 1/2" because I'm using 3/8 now and that sure as hell isn't going to be enough unless you feed that in at 10 or more PSI. It would be a scary bugger of a thing to run flat out that's for sure. That said, I have a suitable sized tank sitting at the ready If I do decide to do the Frankenberger. I'm thinking I might get a couple of alloy heads off one of the old engines that come back into the yard when they buy a used one And do a vid on melting those. I can't see them lasting more than 5 min. The engines get stripped for some parts and sensors mainly so everything to get to the heads is already off bar the rocker covers. I was seriously looking at melting the whole engines . I thought I could load them into a 44 and stick the burner into that which would help concentrate the heat like an oven and If I had them on an angle, I could run the molten ally out the bung hole. From there I could just pull the steel out the next day. I went to the scrappys the other week and the price of metal is nothing atm. I think I saw ally at 30 or 50C a Kilo. Not worth the effort even for fun. It was heaps higher before and made an engine worth something but atm may as well just sell them as Dirty ally with the things intact and be done with it. Did you get to doing anything with your shed heaters westy?
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    White smoke on startup but clears

    Glow plugs are a possibility but I have also heard from an NRMA road service guy in the country that the diesel blends are particularly off this winter. Apparently there was a lot of the normal " Summer" diesel still going out recently instead of the winter or alpine blends and that was causing a LOT of diesel issues. When I visited my uncle recently in Northern inland NSW, he mentioned the same thing. In some of the cooler inland areas, loads of people were having trouble getting their vehicles started because of thick or solidified fuel. What was really pissing the cockys off was when they had to wait till lunch time to get their tractors and machinery started or put blow lamps on the engines like in the old days. Personally, if if your truck is only smoking for a few seconds, I wouldn't be worried. My old girl smokes real well when I start it up any time of the day in winter given I run the thing on veg oil. Last one was fine 3 years later and this one certainly isn't slowing down any or getting harder to start so I'm far from concerned. As for glow relays, Mercs do much the same thing. Keep the plugs on for 3 min regardless if the engine is hot, cold or already running. I bypassed mine completely and just put a momentary switch in it's place. Glow the thing for 10 Sec, hit the key, hold the plugs on for a few sec if needed till it smoothed out and all was good. Lots of people had problems with their plugs burning out but I was lucky to escape that. I haven't looked for Trolls but I found plugs HEAPS cheaper for the wifes car on flea bay from the UK. They were cheap but seemed to last just as short as anyone elses plugs even the oem ones that cost more each than I paid for 5. One thing I have found with GP's is if you have the fuel turned up, they tend to burn out much quicker. When I had the mrs car turned up they were going real fast. My mate had the same problem but when he changed injector pumps to one that was much leaner, the problem went away. He was doing his every 6 months and now has had the same set he put in just before he changed the pump for a tad over 2 years now.
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    Vacuum Pump

    I'd like to upgrade the Alternator on the TD 42. There are so many higher amp and far cheaper thing is I could use but the problem is the vac Pump. Wondering if anyone knows of any electrical or mechanical ( belt) driven pumps I could use to replace the one on the alt that wouldn't cost as much as a new alt with pump to start with? Other than that, anyone know of any relative straightforward ways of adding a 2nd alt? I thought I read of something one time but don't remember how it went.
  14. Yeah. But the thing is so much damn fun to drive! Mine is very conservative at only 11 PSI, i'd like to see how some of these ones that people have dialed up go! On the highway mine is doing about 3-4 PSI @110 Km/h. As soon as you touch the throttle the boost maxes out in about a second and the thing starts pulling and lifts the front end. The sensation of a block of flats being hurled down the road always brings a smile to my face. At highway speeds the response is instant and the 100 up acceleration is impressive for a vehicle it's size. So far it's been a case of any hill at legal or above speeds. Pretty new thing for me over the last 9 years of driving Diesels. The mate I visited in brisbane Pilots a Range Rover sport which has a 4.5L supercharged V8. He was surprised he couldn't really get away from me. He could certainly open a gap but it didn't last long on the highway and on the back streets, by the time he slowed at the end of a street I was right behind him. The rangie is pretty awesome with it's dragster like blower wine and power that will pin you back in the seat. Can't wait till he gets the new one with about 150 Hp more! The drawback is he also has a lead foot and likes the sound the thing makes so is going through about 27L/100 km or premium around town. Worse still is he's a sales rep and does a lot of miles. Round town I couldn't care less about the consumption but on the longer trips, the fuel useage will be an issue as I carry my own with me and there is a limit to what's practical. I ran short on this trip but another vegger was kind enough to meet me and give me some of his oil. Unfortunately it turned out to be rubbish and I had to buy diesel to blend it with to get me back to where I had dropped some supplies for the return trip for the last leg. Nice of the guy to give me some of his and take the time to get it to me, just unfortunate it wasn't cleaned up better. From now on I'll make up a small portable filtration setup so I can process on the road and collect for the return trip when I get to the destination.
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