> In article <ebRtf.47834$PD2.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> puffernutter <email@example.com> writes
>> 1990 110 CSW (Reggie the Veggie)
> Now Christmas is out of the way, I'm looking at getting Marge running on
> veggie. I was thinking about a 5 gal. or smaller Jerry can for priming
> diesel, but hadn't got much further. Then I noticed your sig.
> Is "Reggie" a TD and running on pure veg oil? if so how've you done the
> Any thoughts appreciated...
Simon, firstly a Happy New Year
Reggie the Veggie!
Reggie is a 1990 2.5TD (19J engine)
So far Reggie is only a partial conversion (mainly through cost at the
moment) and also dovetailing the veggie conversion in with other projects.
At the moment I only have a heat exchanger in the fuel line. The heat
exchanger is simplicity itself, simply a piece of 15mm pipe soldered
inside a length of 22mm pipe. There is one inlet and one outlet
soldered at either end of the 22mm pipe for the fuel. The heat
exchanger is then fitted in the heater hot water circuit. The 15mm
copper fitted nicely in the existing hoses.
So at the moment Reggie is a "fair weather" conversion. As the
viscosity of oil is much more than diesel, I am now using pure diesel I
plan to go back to vegetable oil either when I perform the full
conversion (or when it gets warmer!)
Over Christmas I fitted a diesel heater (I can't spell Ebersp...!) this
needed a separate diesel supply. Through http://www.biotuning.co.uk/
purchased a custom made 17l aluminium tank (£80) that sits behind my
middle second row seat. It is externally vented so there is no smell in
the cabin. At the moment that just feeds the diesel heater.
However "veggie conversion phase 2" is to fit an electric pre-heater and
a six port valve (what I would call the equivalent of a double pole
double throw switch with no centre off!) The electric pre-heater
(around £75) helps with the heating of the vegetable oil and reduces the
time on diesel. The Pollack six port valve (around £50 from bio-tuning)
allows me to start the engine on diesel and when the heater circuits
have the oil warm enough, allows me to switch over to veggie on the fly.
The electric valve is used to switch between veggie and diesel coming
in, with the other port allowing you to direct the fuel overflow to the
right tank (otherwise the veggie tank can start filling up with diesel
Just before you stop, (a minute or so) you switch back to diesel and
purge the veggie out so you have a pure diesel start.
In the main I have bought my fuel from a local supplier
) [duty paid] although there is no reason
why pure vegetable oil purchased from a supermarket wouldn't work just
as well, but I don't have personal experience of that ;-) However, if
you do that (use supermarket vegetable oil) you should contact customs
and excise and pay the duty !
I have not noticed and improvement (or worsening in performance) but as
the conversion was done shortly after I bought Reggie and just after the
boost diaphragm in the injector pump was replaced as was all 4
injectors. So I have no real yardstick to measure against (and indeed
cannot tell if the veggie conversion had the effect of the new injectors
or both!) However I can cruise comfortably at 70 on veggie, so I have
I think that's all. If you have any questions, just holler!
By the way, we were running on veggie at the MOT and the tester told my
wife that he wasn't even going to bother printing out the emissions
result as there were no emissions!
1990 110 CSW Reggie the Veggie
1973 Hillman Imp (no engine)
1964 Rover P4 110 (engine in bits)
1959 Austin A40 Farina (got the engine running on Jan 1st but no brakes!)