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    I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    It was me. I saw a cubie on the back with a hose attached mind you, so being clued up thanks to this forum, I left a criptic little note under the window wiper. I just could not resist any longer having walked past this vehicle on a regular basis and now that I am a new owner of a Mercedes 300D 1977, I have a great excuse to pull pen and paper out of my purse and introduce myself. Well, I was ignored..........ahh not what I was hoping for. It is not the first time I have done this to random strangers. Having looked for several months for a 300D I was also placing notes on vehicles I randomly found out and about offering to buy. After several months reading posts on this forum and not having the confidence to join in the discussion, as I basically had not owned a vehicle in 6 years, (environmentalist of sorts who is fed up walking 80 minutes in heavy rain or heatwaves take your pick) I didn't feel entitled somehow. So I cyber stalked the forum too. It was so interesting and helpful in so many ways. The knowledge I learned assisted me in my car purchase (or steal it was only $1200 and in great condition bar being written off). I also found the post on towing capacity extremely helpful as I plan to put a load of 600kg (mongolian yurt it gets weirder doesn't it) on a trailer. I have been bin stalking too around my local shopping centre. I have been grooming the local fish and chip lady (by buying icecreams on hot days yum) and having little chats with the owner (about her dogs, i'm chicken person ) as one day I saw a shopping trolley loaded up with cardboard and you guessed it...drums of used cooking oil. I also got to know the folks at the irrigation supply shop by buying things for my garden. They have great greek olive barrels for $20 so I bought one and put a strainer basket on the top and a tap on the bottom part. Yeah. And now I'm stalking you too. If you are in Sydney's north shore and you use this forum I want to chat to you and learn all about the filtering process. I have had a fairly new electric water heater disconnected (I went solar and gas hot water) and it is sitting in my garage wondering if I can use it somehow. My dad is an auto electrician and mechanic but retired after an injury so getting access to tools and equipment is easy, (raid my dad's stuff) yup been stalking that lot since birth and a fair bit of it is sitting in my garage waiting to be returned...sometime...

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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    well done. a good buy.
    the 300D is a great car and seems to run on just about anything. You now have three choices of fuel to run. Diesel , the stuff we all loath , Vegie oil or Biodiesel.

    Good luck. ask lots of questions for the relevent fuel type and you should be on your way.
    you have some of the best in the country in Sydney for choice of Forum members. Fitian is one to search for if you have questions for conversions.

    Happy hunting.

    Michael
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    2002 Merc ML270 now on B100. (Sold)
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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    Hi Michael the thrill of the chase is fun (inbeteen cow paddocks, city gridlock and being 5 minutes too late), I was worried I would not find a really good one. The highest offer I made was $3500 and was rejected...and that car was in worse shape than the one I got. I was aiming for $2600ish. I am so thrilled I just can't wait to get my hands on it again. It has been at the panel beaters for a week. Needs a press out with heat inside the wheel well apparently. My dad is going to spray it white again. It is ok otherwise. I need to find a replacement rear bumper...anyone??...My dad fixed the tail light too. My dad had me inside the boot with a tire lever to unjam the wooden board covering the spare. It was stuck hard. We raised it up to make a dome and it popped out thank goodness. I didn't want to cut it. Thanks for your suggestions. Hmm choices choices. I bought the 300D with view to recycle the used cooking oil. My dad told me it is a pretty intense process. I suspect some internet sources on biofuel/veg oil are making it sound more complicated than it needs to be. I don't care I am that determined. If other people can do it I can too. I found this forum and decided it was the right place to join up. I live in a house with quite a slope on the block. I was thinking it would be a grand thing to have a series of barrels running down the back of my house to gravity feed the filtration process and my garage is under the house. I have been storing a few things in my garage in the hope that I get a 300D such as the water heater I previously mentioned, some old hose, bunnings bags (lots), a metal 8 inch fine mesh sieve I had used previously in cake decorating, a 20 litre industrial cake mixer with all the attachments (gear driven enclosed casing) use yet to be determined, and I have a fellow cake decorator friend on notice to save me her used buckets. You mentioned Fitian. Ok will do. I have loads of questions for sure. I have half a tank of diesel that the car was purchased on but until I get up and running I have to stick with diesel. I hope to get this happening straight away really. My biggest hope is to do a few in home visits (with my auto electrician / mechanic dad) to see actual set ups. Seeing the real thing and meeting real users will help me so much. Perhaps I could bring some of my chicken's eggs as a gift?? Perhaps I could pimp my dad out he is a mechanic guru...

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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    Welcome to the forum.
    You have chosen well in a couple of areas;
    1. the 300D is a trusty machine which will last a long time into the future with reasonable maintenance. Even mechanical repairs will be cheaper than most more modern cars, should they be needed. You may also wish to join the OZBENZ - Australian & New Zealand Mercedes-Benz Forums • Index page forum which has a similar supportive character.
    2. Your choice of this forum as a source of information to facilitate your use of vegetable oil fuels.

    You have a choice to make. You could:
    a. Make biodiesel,
    b. Convert the vehicle to use 100 percent (the percent sign doesn't work properly here); vegetable oil (2 tank conversion)
    c. Use a blend with no conversion of the fuel system.

    I have used all 3 of these methods (while I didn't make the biodiesel - I got it from others) and have settled on the simplest solution.
    I run a blend of biodiesel and petrol, with no modifications to the car at all.
    Do your research and make your choice.

    Regards,
    Tony
    Last edited by Tony From West Oz; 12th February 2013 at 12:33 AM.
    Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

    Current Vehicles in stable:
    '06 Musso Sports Crew Cab. Running on used cooking oil with 5% to 10% misfuel.
    '2014 Toyota Prius (on ULP)


    Previous Vehicles:
    '90 Mazda Capella. (2000 - 2003) My first Fatmobile. Converted to fun on veggie oil with a 2 tank setup. Died when supercharger stuck at max boost for weeks. Stretched head bolts.
    '80 Mercedes 300D. 2 tank conversion [Sold]
    '84 Mercedes 300D. 1 tank, no conversion. Replaced engine with rebuilt OM617A turbodiesel engine. Finally had good power. Donor for current Fatmobile coupe. (body parted out and carcass sold for scrap.)
    '99 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car)[sold]
    '98 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car)[sold]
    Parts Car C220 1993 SOLD.
    '85 Mercedes Benz W123 300CD Turbodiesel single tank using 95% used cooking oil and 5% to 10% misfuel (where someone had filled diesel vehicle with petrol).


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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    Hi Tony, I recognise your profile pic from previous stalkings. It is nice to be welcomed and offered this help and I hope to be able to give back too. Thanks for the link to ozbenz. I had not yet joined them but had stalked there previously too. I will join up today and post something asking if anyone has a rear bumper for sale. Yes, I do need to make a choice. In my heart the one thing that got me into researching the 300D in the first place was the 100 percent oil . I do accept in a real world though that reality can change our choices after the experience shows us the way. I am still a noob (obviously) and to be totally frank I really don't feel like I have the right to belong here as I am not a mechanic nor mechanical (I am relying on my dad for technical support) but I suppose I may represent a new breed of enthusiasts. Everyone starts somewhere. I am however not stupid and realise that putting in straight crap unfiltered oil is asking for trouble (I saw it done inYoutube can you believe oh my... nuts... chip fat really) and it is a direct insult to the car. I called it "lucky" BTW. I am so happy to find a car in such great condition I have no intention of running it into the ground. It has only done 283,000km can you believe. I guess being Jack's kid I learned that as he specialises in restoring vintage bikes, the real old classics. I grew up in a home where the chopping board was used once (my mum was not happy he left a mark on it), the oven was for heating parts, the hallway was for parking the Triumph, and the other enterance the Speed Twin (which my dad dislocated his same toe twice on the kick stand) nice...(well we laughed histerically) the house was mostly for parts either salvaged from chicken coops or swap meets or friends. After the rear of my car is fixed up I will be able to take it to the next level and talk about the 2 tank conversion. I was talking to my dad today about the filtration process and sent him a link discussing this from other posts on this forum. The one I found particularly interesting was the newspaper with wooden clamps on the side filtering into a bucket down to 2 micron. My dad seems to think some sort of centrivical force could be employed too. We will see I guess. I am a good researcher so far hence my decision to go with the 300D (1977) has had 2 positive comments so far and that is encouraging for sure. I need to hit the discussions now and take some notes.
    Last edited by jacks daughter; 13th February 2013 at 01:16 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    Good on you.

    Enjoy the ride.
    Tony
    Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

    Current Vehicles in stable:
    '06 Musso Sports Crew Cab. Running on used cooking oil with 5% to 10% misfuel.
    '2014 Toyota Prius (on ULP)


    Previous Vehicles:
    '90 Mazda Capella. (2000 - 2003) My first Fatmobile. Converted to fun on veggie oil with a 2 tank setup. Died when supercharger stuck at max boost for weeks. Stretched head bolts.
    '80 Mercedes 300D. 2 tank conversion [Sold]
    '84 Mercedes 300D. 1 tank, no conversion. Replaced engine with rebuilt OM617A turbodiesel engine. Finally had good power. Donor for current Fatmobile coupe. (body parted out and carcass sold for scrap.)
    '99 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car)[sold]
    '98 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car)[sold]
    Parts Car C220 1993 SOLD.
    '85 Mercedes Benz W123 300CD Turbodiesel single tank using 95% used cooking oil and 5% to 10% misfuel (where someone had filled diesel vehicle with petrol).


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    Adding images and/or documents to your posts


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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    PM me if you want to have a look at a setup - i am at Castle Cove in Sydney.

    I too live on a sloping block and take advantage of that to get gravity filtering happening.

    At the moment i am on a brand new Injection pump in my Suburban so am running on Dino Diesel for the first 500KM to run it in.

    I usually run home made B100 in my startup tank and WVO in my main tank.

    happy to take you through my setup at some point.

    Craig


    Quote Originally Posted by jacks daughter View Post
    Hi Tony, I recognise your profile pic from previous stalkings. It is nice to be welcomed and offered this help and I hope to be able to give back too. Thanks for the link to ozbenz. I had not yet joined them but had stalked there previously too. I will join up today and post something asking if anyone has a rear bumper for sale. Yes, I do need to make a choice. In my heart the one thing that got me into researching the 300D in the first place was the 100 percent oil . I do accept in a real world though that reality can change our choices after the experience shows us the way. I am still a noob (obviously) and to be totally frank I really don't feel like I have the right to belong here as I am not a mechanic nor mechanical (I am relying on my dad for technical support) but I suppose I may represent a new breed of enthusiasts. Everyone starts somewhere. I am however not stupid and realise that putting in straight crap unfiltered oil is asking for trouble (I saw it done inYoutube can you believe oh my... nuts... chip fat really) and it is a direct insult to the car. I called it "lucky" BTW. I am so happy to find a car in such great condition I have no intention of running it into the ground. It has only done 283,000km can you believe. I guess being Jack's kid I learned that as he specialises in restoring vintage bikes, the real old classics. I grew up in a home where the chopping board was used once (my mum was not happy he left a mark on it), the oven was for heating parts, the hallway was for parking the Triumph, and the other enterance the Speed Twin (which my dad dislocated his same toe twice on the kick stand) nice...(well we laughed histerically) the house was mostly for parts either salvaged from chicken coops or swap meets or friends. After the rear of my car is fixed up I will be able to take it to the next level and talk about the 2 tank conversion. I was talking to my dad today about the filtration process and sent him a link discussing this from other posts on this forum. The one I found particularly interesting was the newspaper with wooden clamps on the side filtering into a bucket down to 2 micron. My dad seems to think some sort of centrivical force could be employed too. We will see I guess. I am a good researcher so far hence my decision to go with the 300D (1977) has had 2 positive comments so far and that is encouraging for sure. I need to hit the discussions now and take some notes.
    Holden Suburban K2500 1998 6.5L Turbo GM engine
    210,000KMs (90,000 on new crate motor)

    Currently 2 tanks in and working - 90 litre BIO tank and main tank of 160L WVO

    30 plate FPHE in Engine bay and Helton Dual coil in rear
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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    Hi Craig, wow you're the real deal. Perfect. I appreciate the offer and will PM.

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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    i think a new BBQ day is in order. This way all newbies can come along and eyeball what others have done to their respective bio fueled trucks and cars. What say yea......
    if it's FERAL, it's in PERIL.

    i too belong to P.E.T.A.
    people eating tasty animals.

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    Re: I biostalked a random car because I saw a cubie on board

    Yeah Hobies i am good with that - any time after easter i think

    Craig
    Holden Suburban K2500 1998 6.5L Turbo GM engine
    210,000KMs (90,000 on new crate motor)

    Currently 2 tanks in and working - 90 litre BIO tank and main tank of 160L WVO

    30 plate FPHE in Engine bay and Helton Dual coil in rear
    Walbro FRB-5 pusher pumps x 2

    50,000KM on Veg and 10,000Km on B100

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