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Old 10-29-2011, 10:01 AM   #61
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Eww! The only oil I would put in my vehicles is the stuff in the cubie on the far right of your picture. That's what the oil I get looks like. I've been burning it for 4 years now. I've gotten oil like that other stuff in your pic, and to me it's not worth the effort and risk to deal with it. I'd stick to the good stuff.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:10 AM   #62
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Ewww-throw out the middle 2.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:33 PM   #63
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We are nearing the end of our stay in Baton Rouge, for details of our visit see our blog: bigeasybus.blogspot.com As far as bus news there has been a few learning experiences this month.

First, the filtering setup I tested at home did not work out for us for several reasons. Back in Richmond I had used the 12v pump to push veg. oil through 2 filters and the water separator resulting in a pretty heavy flow, but I had forgotten that the guy I bought the setup from had thinned down his oil with diesel. The filters were also only 30micron and 10micron, plus I was testing in the middle of the summer heat. When I tried to pump the oil I collected in the above photos I was using 2 new filters @ 5microns, the veg. oil was not thinned and it was only 60deg. outside, all of this resulting in only a trickle of filtered oil. That would have taken hours and hours and killed my battery so I have switched to gravity power. I still need to take a picture of the new setup but its much more simple. I'm pre-filtering through blue jeans into one barrel, then manually crank pumping into the second barrel through 16" bag filters @ 5microns (bought 25 offline for $80). It still takes some time but I'm not burning up batteries and I don't have to sit around monitoring anything. I'll describe the process in more detail when I get some photos.

Last week I had the bus idling while I was using a 12v pump off the engine to collect some more veg. oil. I started hearing splashing under the bus and discovered fuel erupting out of the relief valve on the veg. tank after a day of taking everything apart and back and forth with greasecar I finally figured out that my supply valve was bad. The spring that was suppose to keep the veg. oil supply shut was hung up and therefore diesel was pumping backwards into my tank causing it to overfill. I sent them the bad valve and have since received a replacement but I'm a little discouraged and nervous about this $60 mishap (fuel lost and shipping) happening again..

Also, the plastic T's I had on the coolant line warped causing a steady leak so I replaced them with these way overkill heavy duty metal fittings.


Finally got the vinyl sticker on..


Lastly we decided we wanted to get some more exercise and were encouraged by all the bike riders in town that we finally got our own. I had to do a little adapting to the trunk rack for mounting on the bus but it works.


I've also started painting the bus.. more to come on that as well.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:23 AM   #64
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I have read a little about titration but perhaps I should give it another look.. From now on I will most definitely be testing the oil for water BEFORE i get it into my drums. We are in Austin, Tx right now and the drive from Baton Rouge to here mixed up all the oil I had settled. Unfortunately the weather changed and it got VERY cold. Night before last was in the 20s and my oil turned to jello:


Fortunately we are staying with relatives here and I have moved enough of the oil for our next leg into their garage to warm up. Hopefully it will be ready to refilter and put in by the weekend. I haven't come up with any solutions to keeping the oil warm on the road that are financially feasible at this point.. I will be getting this solar water heater panel for the shower water when I raise the money, and I emailed the company about whether veg. oil might work with their systems. They replied that the panel would be fine but a different pump would be necessary... but I'm not sure how well that system would work especially in weather like this. Overnight freezing would probably gel up the oil even if it was 60-70deg. during the day. And thats a high estimate of what a single panel could maintain 30-40gal. of oil. This is the site anyway: http://www.heliatos.com/Home.html

Also, we cleared another mechanical hurdle upon arriving to Austin. About 110miles out of Baton Rouge the bus overheated. By cracking the cap on the reseviour I was able to relieve enough pressure and keep the coolant from being pushed out so that we could travel 200 some miles before a refill was needed. Once in Austin I had to order a new thermostat and install. Fun Fun Fun! Austin is a really neat city though, we have really enjoyed our visit. Next stop: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico!
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:42 AM   #65
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Are you still in Austin? I could hook you up with some WVO that does not solidify in cold weather. When I have extra WVO, I sell it off at $1.00/gallon filtered, which is like a third of what the local commercial vendor charges. I know you prefer to get it free directly from restaurants, but I thought I'd put it out there just in case. I've got like 75 gallons I'd be willing to part with. If you want to take it directly from my restaurant source, you're welcome to it for free. Not sure how much is in my collection barrel right now though - it might only be like 25 gallons. I've also got lots of tools if you have anything that still needs fixin'.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:46 PM   #66
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... Next stop: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico!
You just want to see the stupid lights in the sky! David saw them again last week (2 sets of them). They were multi-coloured. We decided they have their "Christmas lights" on. The ones we see tend to be plain white lights.

My daughter went with a friend to White Sands a few months back. She thought it was great.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:04 PM   #67
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DieselDan- we could definitely use some non-gelling oil for this next leg. I tried to email you, my address is johnsondL2@yahoo.com. If your available this afternoon or tomorrow we'd love to come by.

Lornaschinske- I haven't heard about any lights actually, but that sounds even more exciting. I've only ever driven through the desert, and nothing like the pictures I've seen online from there. The forecast is dry but cloudy and in the 50s, so shouldn't be too bad.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:58 PM   #68
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Lornaschinske- I haven't heard about any lights actually, but that sounds even more exciting. I've only ever driven through the desert, and nothing like the pictures I've seen online from there. The forecast is dry but cloudy and in the 50s, so shouldn't be too bad.
You haven't heard about the UFO's and Roswell? The "lights" are all over NM, especially over the deserts. The first time we saw the lights here in NM was driving on I25. Watched them for over 15 minutes (between Belen and the Reststop near Socorro). We have seen the light often enough that we really don't pay them much attention.

Don't miss the Lava flowon US380 (get off at San Antonio south of Socorro and go est). There is a public campground there and I believe is open year round ($18 with electric). Beautiful in a strange way. 380 runs right thru it and you can stop on the side of the road and walk out into it. Carrizozo is the nearest "town" and they aren't much. Diesel & gas are available at the crossroads of US 380 and US 54. Get your groceries before you leave and larger towns. Socorro (Exit 147 & 150) has a Wal-Mart and you can park overnight in the parking lot. Casey's RV Park at Exit 147 accepts skoolies (there's one still here across from us... the "back wall "row E" has full hookups and the cable/HBO TV ). We leave for Roswell on Saturday as the roads have pretty much cleared off finally. Stacey will still be here (in an old class C) and would love to see your bus if you stop in. She works all the time. Family Dollar (at the other end of town, west side of the main road) also allows overnight parking if you need it.
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Hey "Dangie" it was great to meet y'all the other day! Too bad I forgot to take any pictures for the board. Oh well, hope the rest of your journey goes well and you soon find warmer climes. Safe travels!
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A GMC bus pulled in next to us last night. Says "BioBus.org" on the side of it.
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