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Old 06-11-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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I was googling and found this :

Convert Your Car to Alcohol
by Keat B. Drane
http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_...nol_drane.html
? 1980 by Keat B. Drane
Library of Congress Catalog Card No: 80-81750
ISBN 0-915216-54-X
Published by Love Street Books
Louisville, Kentucky 40258 USA
Out of print
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Chapter 1
Alternative Fuel Source

Are you as tired of the "gasoline shortage" as I am? Long lines at the pump, shorter service station hours and higher prices are here to stay. Rationing has affected various areas of the nation. Unstable, international politics threaten our continued dependence on foreign crude oil. Politicians and oil executives predict the situation to worsen.
This is a carburetor based solution, so I guess it would have to be brought up to date to be practical.

I am including it in this forum because it is from a "bio-fuels" URL.

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Old 06-12-2007, 06:04 AM   #2
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Hello -

I was googling and found this :

Convert Your Car to Alcohol
by Keat B. Drane
http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_...nol_drane.html
? 1980 by Keat B. Drane
Library of Congress Catalog Card No: 80-81750
ISBN 0-915216-54-X
Published by Love Street Books
Louisville, Kentucky 40258 USA
Out of print


This is a carburetor based solution, so I guess it would have to be brought up to date to be practical.

I am including it in this forum because it is from a "bio-fuels" URL.

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I would be worried about the water content of home grown fuel. Ethanol in the US is less then 1% if you get contaminated with water you can have serious engine problems.
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For ethanol contaminated with larger amounts of water (i.e., approximately 11% water, 89% ethanol, equivalent to 178 proof ethanol), considerable engine wear will occur, especially during times while the engine is heating up to normal operating temperatures. For example, just after starting the engine, low temperature partial combustion of the water-contaminated ethanol mixture takes place and causes engine wear. This wear, caused by water-contaminated E85, is the result of the combustion process of ethanol, water, and gasoline producing considerable amounts of formic acid (HCOOH, also known as methanoic acid and sometimes written as CH2O2). In addition to the production of formic acid occurring for water-contaminated E85, smaller amounts of acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) and acetic acid (C2H4O2) are also formed for water-contaminated ethanol combustion. Of these partial combustion products, formic acid is responsible for the majority of the rapid increase in engine wear
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