Couple of things up front -
1) I'm gonna try to keep this as cheap as possible
2) Don't want any high science or expensive tools involved
3) Use what is available. Alter as little as needed. Have fun.
I did a couple of searches on this site and here are the topics w/ info:
I'm starting from scratch, so hopefully this will map out an easy, cheap way for others to do the same, if they're so inclined.
For starters, I know (or at least understand) that you need a Diesel engine to make this work. I've got that taken care of w/ a 1992 7.3L International Short Bus.
From what I gather there are other major components that make up the system: tank, filter, oil fuel lines, heater, and mabe a few other odds and ends I'm forgetting (maybe a lot).
But since you gotta start with the first step, I'm looking to mount a tank somewhere on the bus. Preferrably, it would go underneath so it's not adding any extra 'obstacles'. There's a few good spaces underneath the bus.
The place I'm going to put the tank needs to be w/in range of the heating system, which leads me to the first real question at hand:
You know that rear heater that is a little box on the floor of the bus that has a fan and a few hoses that go back to it? Well, can I somehow use that to heat the oil in the tank before I send it up to the engine? I figure since it's already back there and has heat, it would seem like the most logical, easy method to heat my oil.
I thought I read something by lapeer20m that mentioned taking it apart and just using the coil to heat the oil. Is this the same heater we're talking about?
Thanks for any contributions to something that seems like a worthy project.