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  1. Profile photo of LittleMissQT
    LittleMissQT Female 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 5:56 am
    Link: Veggie Car on Earth Day - People don`t realize that you can run your car for free. This couple and their vegetable oil-fueled car proves you can.
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    s0236078 Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:06 am
    aghhhh hippies!!!
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    specialque Female 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:16 am
    ^^ you read my mind.
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    Helium101 Male 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:31 am
    well said
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    FIRST_poster Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:32 am
    does this really work?
    how much horsepower do these cars have? 1.5?
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    Helium101 Male 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:33 am
    "I think it`s really neat. :)"

    I think it`s pretty neat, but is it as good for the environment, money aside?

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    valrykin Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:39 am
    That doesn`t look "free" to me. Looks like a pain in the butt.
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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:42 am
    It`s not a new idea. there are quite a few people who run their cars on used vegtable oil.I know about 6 people who do it. In fact nearly any indirect injection diesel engine will run on coconut, peanut or vegetable oil.Generally the car runs the same, with slightly less engine noise.

    Google it. Obviously, oil companys wont promote this to you and neither will car manufacturers. Infact, most have a disclaimer saying any warranty becomes invalid if you do this.

    So..when you come to buy a car, do this. You`ll save a fortune!

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    Helium101 Male 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:46 am
    I`ve heard something along the lines of Hydrogen powered cars being cheaper and only emits water? I suggest that this would be the best way to convert cars instead of using Vegetable oil, whatcha think Dainty?
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    lost_lynx Female 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:53 am
    Veggie oil is a very clean burning (smells like french fries!) and easy to access fuel. Any Diesel engine can be converted, I know people who have change over a school bus to run on veggie oil. They drove across Canada almost 11 000 Km`s and needed to fill their diesel engine once along the way !!)

    I can`t fathom how these people being "hippies" has anything to do with their message. If you`re the type of person who judges people base on their style maybe you deserve to live in a world where you can`t move freely around you country because of high fuel prices, where the city you live in is choked with smog year round and where young men and women die for the pursuit of oil. Be as judgemental as you like but that not the kinda place where I want to live !

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    valrykin Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:56 am
    I just put a few sticks of celery in my gas tank, but it isn`t working. What am I doing wrong? Lol.
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    ayull Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:56 am
    ^^ Hippie
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    lost_lynx Female 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:58 am
    In colder climates (such as Canada) this is how it works...for the first 5 min. of driving you use diesel then switch it over to veggie oil this give the oil a chance to warm up, for the last five min of driving you switch back to diesel. I think some kind of heater is also added to the fuel tank to heat the oil during use. It can get pretty damn cold here !!
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    Helium101 Male 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:58 am
    "Hmm. It does seem like it would be. I don`t know very much about this. Since I haven`t really done any research, other than scanning over a few articles.

    But wouldn`t there be a problem for people that live in cold areas, or places that get cold during winter, to get the car to start? That may be an obstacle..."

    A lot of cars now have trouble starting in could areas, or places that get cold during winter. In Iceland there`s already a Shell Hydrogen fuel station, and the new BMW series is going to be powered off of Hydrogen fuel! Gas prices are already high as it is, and I just saw on the news that they`re predicting 5 dollars a gallon at the BEGINNING of the summer. I honestly would say that Hydrogen is the next generation of fuel, that`s my opinion.

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    hehehenerd Male 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 7:59 am
    very entertaining dude
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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 8:01 am
    people do that in Britain but they have to pay duty on the waste vegetable oil they use and pay tax on the duty!
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    lost_lynx Female 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 8:05 am
    I don`t know much about Hydrogen fuel cell engines, I think Toyota came out with one last year. I do know however that firefighters have no idea how to put out a car fire if it`s running on hydrogen, that poo is extra flammable !!
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    AtomicSkier9 Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 8:10 am
    This is amazing. I want to convert my dad`s car into diesel and use veggie oil.

    Oh man, I love people like this. If only more people were like this in America, open minded, and people actually TRYING to do something good for the environment...

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    mcflylives Male 30-39
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    April 22, 2008 at 8:10 am
    there is extra work involved with the way these two do it, but it works out to be almost free to fuel their car. any diesel engine can be run this way, even big rigs are starting to run off this stuff. Willie nelson (big suprise) even has a reststop somewhere in texas i think that sells "bio-diesel". no need for foriegn oil, it grows.
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    iamboredtooo Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 8:53 am
    this does actually work and a local company in my city has invested in the infrastructure to produce this fuel...they run their vehicles off it and also sell to the public. i`ve used it. it can be a little grumpy at time, and in winter they suggest you do 2/3 veggie to 1/3 diesel to avoid gloopyness in the fuel pipes but other than that it`s real cheap and works.
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    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 9:32 am
    Hydrogen fuel cells are the solution to the energy problem in the entire world... once they figure out how to cheaply extract or create hydrogen since it binds with almost EVERYTHING in the environment. Right now it takes more energy to produce hydrogen, then hydrogen fuel cells can produce, hence it is pointless to use them where fossil fuels are readily available.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    April 22, 2008 at 9:32 am
    This is all bollocks. Might work for a small number of people (as there are only so many restaurants supplying used veggie oil), but mass production of biofuels is in large part responsible for the current food price crisis in 3rd world countries.
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    beth-margera Female 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 9:37 am
    my dads been doin that for a couple of years
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    April 22, 2008 at 9:48 am
    And please stop complaining about fuel prices in the US. America has been shielded from the reality of fuel prices because no President has had the balls to raise prices to accurately reflect the declining supply of oil, because they`d have a national strike on their hands.

    In Europe prices are much higher, in fact here in the Netherlands it`s close to $10 per gallon.

    How many Americans on here complaining about gas prices and saying how we should protect the environment have an SUV sitting on the driveway?

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    d_87bob Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 10:27 am
    As a firefighter, a hydrogen car is actually pretty easy to put out. Just use foam, snuffs the fire out right away. Its the damned old Volkswagen buses that had the magnesium transmissions that`s hard. But as to the current oil problem? When they figure out how to crank the same amount of energy out of a battery, or out of hydrogen, or out of whatever as fossil fuels already have, and do it cheaper than fossil fuels, only then will the mass public convert. These few people that use used vegetable oil are not solving the problem for others, they`re just trying to make themselves feel better.
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    ace420 Male 30-39
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    April 22, 2008 at 10:36 am
    THIS IS GREAT, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE DOING THIS EVERY DAY!

    THE PROBLEM WITH COLD IS NOT REALLY AN ISSUE, IF YOU LISTENED CAREFULLY TO WHAT HE SAID. BASICALLY THEY START THE VEHICLE ON THE REGULAR DIESEL, THEN ONCE THE VEHICLE IS WARMED UP, THEY SWITCH TO THE VEG OIL. THERE IS A HEATING COIL IN THE VEG OIL TANK TO OVERCOME THE COLD ISSUE. THE HEAT COMES FROM THE ENGINE COOLANT.

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    ghostofme Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 10:39 am
    Self employed...meaning unemployed.
    Student...meaning unemployed.

    Gotta love the hippies.

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    earthshone Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 11:23 am
    That car would save me $300 a month, besides all the environmental benefits...I suck
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    duckinfuh Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 11:41 am
    just in case anyone is wondering. the exhaust smells like french fries :-D
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm
    If it works for them, that`s wonderful. If it helps the environment, beautiful.
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    GolfRocks Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    i wish gas was 2.99 again PLEASE GIVE ME 2.99 GAS. its up to 3.59 now
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    GolfRocks Male 18-29
    151 posts
    April 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    btw electricity is the next gen fuel just wait helium101
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    RyanF701 Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm
    "
    I`ve heard something along the lines of Hydrogen powered cars being cheaper and only emits water? I suggest that this would be the best way to convert cars instead of using Vegetable oil, whatcha think Dainty?"

    Dangerous though, if you get in a wreck and the engine gets crushed, your gonna have an explosion on your hands.

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    jimenfel001 Female 13-17
    175 posts
    April 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm
    They did this on Rob and Big. They even painted their car green.
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    violingirl77 Female 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    Yeah, like people didn`t do this more than 5 years ago?

    The first diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm
    Omg hippies...

    Ok, first of all you can`t run your car on grease, just vegetable oil. Grease and Oil aren`t quite the same. Grease you can get for free, as they said, but vegetable oil you can`t.

    Also, filtering it like that isn`t nearly enough. The car will break down after a month of use. You have to add chemicals to make the engine process the oil more effectively.

    And it looked like a lot of work to get it all going. They said 5 miles/gallon? Thats as much as a friggan bus. I`d rather get a low-consumption car and pay for the gas.

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    Lobsta Male 13-17
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    April 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm
    i`m not sure about how it works in america, but in australia, it is illegal to run your car on anything that you don`t buy from a petrol station as you arent paying excise on the fuel.

    it is technically tax evasion to run your car on vege, peanut, baby or any other type of oil. part of the price that you pay for fuel is taxed to pay for road upkeep as a way of making people pay proportionally to the amount of driving they do and therefore roughly proportionally do how much damage their vehicle does to the road.

    And its not hard for someone that is looking for it to catch you... your car will smell like slightly burnt fish and chips.

    Top gear (or 5th gear, im not sure which) did a thing where they drove a diesel mercedes from one coast of the UK to the other and it worked like a treat apparantly.

    Lobby

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    thelonious Male 40-49
    3284 posts
    April 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm
    I loved it!!

    "It`s not a new idea. It`s not something people came up with recently."

    What a brilliant farce

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    AnwarNova Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2008 at 6:27 pm
    I have a bio diesel vw bug. I get 60 mpg on a 10 gallon tank. It`s completely worth it.
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    IMEVIL666 Female 18-29
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    April 23, 2008 at 7:54 am
    do they also not believe in shampoo?
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    46885 Female 18-29
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    April 23, 2008 at 6:06 pm
    Both of them had gorgeous dreads!

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