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  1. Re: DIY swapping altitude compensator for boost compensator Bosch VE

    Apologies in advance if any of this is already common knowledge...just a bit of brain dump.

    I'm sure the 1HDT is a fairly different engine to the 1HZ. Definitely the head and head gasket &...
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    Re: Making biodiesel while maximising PV usage

    Thanks, Tony - that's great.

    I am kicking myself a bit now as I had 2, brand-new, spare 4-pole DC breakers that I sold on eBay for basically nothing 6 months ago. Should have kept at least 1! My...
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    Re: Making biodiesel while maximising PV usage

    Thanks everyone.

    Running the element on DC is a compelling argument. The distance between my existing DC circuit breaker (upstream of the inverter) on the main switchboard to my reactor tank is...
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    Re: Glycerol / glycerine / byproduct pre wash

    I also forgot to ask how much I can reduce my methanol input by, if at all. Normally I would use 20% methanol x 180 L of oil = 36L
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    Making biodiesel while maximising PV usage

    Hi all,

    Question: Is there any cheap and safe ways to adjust the input power to my 2.4kW heating element and 2 kW mixer motor to match the output of my solar PV system, which is usually between...
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    Re: Glycerol / glycerine / byproduct pre wash

    Thanks, Tilly & Smithy.

    I can definitely see the benefits, but there is just that tradeoff on time and electricity.

    I'm also more inclined to do it at ambient temperature too, although that...
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    Glycerol / glycerine / byproduct pre wash

    I read somewhere recently on this forum about someone doing a glycerine pre wash on their oil before doing the full reaction. I tried to find the thread again but couldn't easily locate it.

    In...
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    Re: Cleaning my dishwasher with KOH?

    I ended up giving all the filters a good scrub then putting about 1/3 a bottle of vinegar in there and running it on a 30 minute cycle.

    It definitely looked a lot cleaner and the last load of...
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    Cleaning my dishwasher with KOH?

    Our dishwasher needs a cleanout as it is leaving sediment behind on plates & glasses.

    I've seen dedicated products available from the supermarket and think I even used one once and wasn't overly...
  10. Re: WVO advocate and conversion kit supplier Alexander Noac coming to Australia in Ju

    Is there any interest from those in Sydney in meeting with Alexander? He says he might be over here on 12 or 13 June.

    I might flag it with the local ATA branch to see if that might be an...
  11. Thread: Red gunk in filter

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    Re: Red gunk in filter

    Try methanol or turps on the red gunk and see if it has the same effect that it did removing my "tarry substance" coming from biodiesel
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    Re: Bio Sludge in fuel tank

    Here's a good read on 'algae' in diesel as it relates to boats. Sounds like algae is actually bacteria....I had wondered how algae would photosynthesise inside a dark fuel tank....

    I see some...
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    Re: Bio Sludge in fuel tank

    A bio friend experimented on his ute with 100% methanol yesterday (I assume he still on the road today!?).

    "It is clear that the non-return valve on Facet pumps are a choke point for crud .
    I...
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    Re: Bio Sludge in fuel tank

    Maybe it is algae then? I have a sample and just need a microscope to have a look. I have a mate that studies Antarctic moss for a living - maybe I'll send it to him.
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    Re: Bio Sludge in fuel tank

    Smithy - that article is interesting, but a lot to digest. I will work on that.

    Tony - what are the risks of going for a very concentrated solution of either methanol or turps to clean your pump?...
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    Re: Bio Sludge in fuel tank

    Evening all,

    I've been experimenting on the 'tarry stuff' (TS). I had to decant my latest batch into cubies tonight and had several that were just too contaminated with TS to fill, so I tried some...
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    Re: Bio Sludge in fuel tank

    What's everyone's guess at what this is? From my sediment trap after about 3 years of no cleaning. I wash my fuel until it passed the shakemup test.

    I have been adding Chemtech Diesel Power as a...
  18. Re: Methanol in Sydney - am i the only one making BIO in Sydney ?

    Whitey is the only one I know and is where mine comes from.

    Surely there are other options though.

    maybe these guys?

    http://www.vpracing.com.au/
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    Re: Alternative IP pump priming methods

    No easy options eh?

    I actually tightened up the hose barbs on my fake Facet and it is working now, so I might have jumped the gun a bit. The last one went for 2 years before it karked it, so may...
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    Re: Alternative IP pump priming methods

    Has anyone seen a CAV filter with plunger-type hand primer (similar to Qwarla's) for sale anywhere locally?

    https://www.stardiesel.com/en/complete-filter-r-diesel-ref-6260-b195.html

    They don't...
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    Re: CAV / DELPHI filter installation

    These Wix brand elements seem be paint-free

    ...
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    Re: CAV / DELPHI filter installation

    That paint thing is pretty annoying eh? Have you ever come across another brand of filter that isn't painted? I assume the filters aren't the same on both ends, so flipping the filter upside down...
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    Re: Alternative IP pump priming methods

    where does something like this fit into the equation?
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    Re: Alternative IP pump priming methods

    Qwarla - that link you posted looks like a good one - robust. The primer seems similar to the one mounted on the side of the IP of my Merc, which seem to be very reliable. As you say, the most common...
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    Re: Alternative IP pump priming methods

    Thanks, Cade. Any chance you could provide a link to the CAV filter you use?
    Does it have a hand primer?
    Have you tested it to see if it still works lately?

    I understand you have no need as...
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