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Old 09-09-2007, 04:05 PM
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Will this F-350 run okay on bio or veg?

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/car/414457610.html

Ive pretty much given up alotgether on finding a deal on a diesel MB in the area because the used car makret is totally fukt

Saw this on craigslist though
Ive been told these dont run well on anything but straight diesel.
I was just wondering if you guys had any idea wheter or not it would run atleast half decent on veg oil

Also looking at this BMW on ebay. Its 2 blocks away from me but I doubt Ill even be able to afford to win the auction

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=002&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=120159275557&rd=1

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Old 09-09-2007, 04:17 PM
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Both of those look like they are ready for the scrapyard.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:18 PM
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My guess is the ford won't do so well. The powersmokes have more sensitive injection systems than the old diesel MB's, (which also don't like veggie oil unless its at the RIGHT temperature, and filtered properly) and would probably have issues with it. They also have computer management and such looking at the engine, and it might throw some alarms if its running veg oil. The cummins trucks seem to run it better....then again its a much better engine.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:30 PM
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Well then I guess Im f'd in the ass b/c those are the best I can afford
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:31 PM
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They also have computer management and such looking at the engine, and it might throw some alarms if its running veg oil.
A 91 should be the indirect injected non-turbo 7.3L, not the Powerjoke. It's still got a rotary injection pump so it's a poor choice for conversion.

As is the BMW since it has a rotary injection pump as well.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:42 PM
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A 91 should be the indirect injected non-turbo 7.3L, not the Powerjoke. It's still got a rotary injection pump so it's a poor choice for conversion.

As is the BMW since it has a rotary injection pump as well.
I didn't actually look at the ad....so I assumed it was newer than that. Wups.... I've ridden in one of those 7.3 liter non-turbos....talk about side to side shaking and general ford unpleasantness!
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:45 PM
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Keep looking. Don't just settle for something because you can't find something you really want. Getting a good deal involves work. Saving money is just like earning money. It requires some effort and patience.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:55 PM
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Ill take anything that is cheap and will run vegoil really its just I thought it would be neat to drive a Mercedes. Maybe I should just give up

That f-350 is the first running diesel Ive seen in a couple months I can afford w/o having to get a loan
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:44 PM
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Only other cheaper diesel I see is these:
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/car/417338786.html
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:12 PM
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I looked for months before I found a nice MB. Have patience, and save up your dollars in the meantime. To quote what I read on this forum a number of months back, "A cheap Mercedes is an expensive Mercedes."

I looked for one where the owner was able to document everything that had been replaced on the car. When the seller starts using language like: "I think" or "it seems like" or "I was told" or "It appears", That is an immediate red flag and I move on. And just why does this seller of the BMW think it will make an excellent WVO car. Because it is cheap? Sounds like BS to me.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:14 PM
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The engines are almost as good as the Mercedes. Gear driven camshaft so it could possibly run forever. They also run Bosch licensed IP's.
I had a Kingcab and had lots of interior room. Judging the amount of rust the white one has it probably has more room than was originally intended.
The blue one might be a better bet. They're getting quite rare but I think parts are still available through the dealer.
These also had 5 speeds, not 4 as the seller says.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:19 PM
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It also has to be 250 miles away at rhe very most
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:25 PM
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The VW has a blown head gasket which leads me to believe the head is probably toast. My dad had an 80 VW pickup he bought new. It overheated after only having it a little over a year and a half because of a faulty fan switch sensor. The POS only had a idiot light and that obviously didn't work when it overheated. Overheating it warped the head. The head could not be resurfaced as it would have changed the combustion chamber characteristics.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:39 PM
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The IDI is not a bad engine. I've worked on one. Changed an IP a couple weeks ago. It's a simple design. The IP's go bad every 100k but they're super easy to change and are only around $250 - $300 for a good rebuilt unit.

But is that truck even a DIESEL?? I've seen lots of old ford duellys with gasoline engines?

... on another note, the last 3 MB's I've bought (the past 1 year on all three) were ALL under $1000. You just have to look.
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