Sunday, December 22, 2013

The cam specs

Here's a shot of the page that has the can details. Gotta have a blower cam if you want to run fumes and not back fire.

More updates coming again soon

You can see from the picture, good things are coming to the fumes business soon. Stay tuned. :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Major setback

Or is it an opportunity? While running the 78 Trans Am on fumes once again today, I made a horrible discovery of water in the oil.

Yeah.  That's what I said too!  At least that much.

But why do I say that it very well may be an opportunity?

Because that LT1 that came out of the 95 Trans Am maybe getting swapped in place of it.

The 95 TA motor is the end game for what I'm working on anyway, I might as well dive right in.  I'll get it out of the shop and into my garage do I can do the motor swap, then move forward from there.

That gives me plenty of down time on the 400 motor, to figure out what's going on there. If it's a blown head gasket, I hope, or if it's a crack somewhere, I hope not.

I didn't realize the motor was almost bone dry on coolant. So it's another case of there ya have it.

Wish me luck on the swap. I've already found out how easy it is to get a TH350 mounted to the LT1, so that'll be cool.

Take care y'all, it's a jungle out there.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

78TA on fumes again

Got the TA to fire right up this time.

I didn't let the car fully warm up. But I did get to crank it and rev it a little bit and the transmission did not smoke. I added about one and a half quarts of oil to the transmission so I'm sure that helped.
If it was warm, I think it would idle a little smoother.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Long time since last post

But there has been a lot of progress.

There was the go-kart going through all of it's updates:

Running on fumes in the shop.

Then I got it out onto the road and had a little more progress.

Then I removed the bubbler and got it running using the on-board fuel tank.

Next I added a heater and then this thing really came alive!  I had so rich a mixture it was killing the motor!  And I had to turn the fumes down.  It was running like a bat out of hell then!


So then I moved on to the 78  Trans Am. . . .  :-o

I have had this car off and on, forever.  It was my first car and I've got it back again.  It's been through hell and back already a couple of times over.  It is in the process of getting fixed up again (I'd say for the 3rd time)  my first time of fixing it up was in 1986, then mother took it for a cleanup in the interior last time she had it (fresh motor build and tranny build too then), but now it's back to basics and body work again.  Anyhow.  I had some buddies come over and help me get it out of the trailer and into the shop.

Here's some pics from that night.

Had a blow out in earlier 2000's and the tread cleaned the right front spoiler and center spoiler out from under the car.  I recovered the center and it could be reused with some repairs but that right front, we never could find it.  I'm sure it was in a thousand pieces after it left the car.

 Not the proper bird for the hood but was all I could afford when I was 18 and getting it done on E-1 pay.

Bill had to put some air in the tires.  We still scraped bottom letting it roll down into the shop.


So then I got to thinking about some dual bubbler action like I've done in the 355 LT1 videos.  Where I've shown that V8 motor on the stand running.  Well.  I've went and done it now.  After some trial and error on the air/fuel mixture and ways of enclosing that chamber above the carb so it only gets fumes..... I've made it happen.

So I took a 2" high, 10" diameter air cleaner from Edlebrock.  I took an old kick panel (it used to be on our front door of our house) and I tossed out the air filter.  Sandwiched the kick panel in between the top and bottom cover pieces from Edlebrock.  Drilled and pop-riveted that piece together. Used electrical tape to cover all the screw holes that originally came in the kick panel.  Taped up the top and bottom and join locations so I didn't get any air leaks.  Then I used my unibit to drill out holes to pass the bubbler tubes into the chamber (which is way too big and filled with nothing).

I tried to get the car to start but there was too much vacuum in the big black bubbler and it was imploding.  I unscrewed the drain cap at the one end of that bubbler and this relieved the negative pressure in that tank.  Damn that 400 is hungry.

So there you go it's another case of there you have it.  The car ran for a little over a minute as it was running before I started the video.  But as it was warming up there was smoke coming out from under the car.  Then I remembered that I didn't have hardly any tranny fluid in that TH350.  So I quickly ended the video and will be replacing the tail shaft seal and putting fluid in there this weekend (hopefully).

Y'all take care and stay tuned for more updates.  Thanks for your support.  :-)


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fuel now being heated

Now that I'm heating the fuel, it ran so rich I had to turn the fumes down. I was riding around and killed the motor from it being too rich.

I've made a couple of minor tweaks since this video to tighten up some vacuum leaks. Also made the line going into the fuel tank a traditional bubbler intake tube. This was the last tweak that caused me to run too rich.

That's not a problem of course because I can always turn the fuel down, not making enough is the problem you don't want to have.



Friday, July 26, 2013

Running on bad gas

Most of the fuel in the tank, during this run, was more than six years old. I ran the cart for two days on this fuel with about 8 ounces of fresh fuel added to it.

I'm fabricating a steel box to act as a heater for the gas tank. That will be in the next video.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fab up some heat

I'm cutting some steel to make a flange adapter for the exhaust to heat the fuel.

More pics will follow.

Kart running down the road

I've now got the kart running well enough that I took it out into the neighborhood.  Plenty o' fun and more to come.  Thanks for watching!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Go kart runs now

Got the go kart running today finally. All I had to do was open the throttle a bit more & I would have had it running the other day when I was messing with it. I made a short video of it running for a short time. But earlier I did have it running at such high RPMs  it was spinning the tires while sitting on the jack stands.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Been a while

I've been busy with the aquaponics project lately. Once I reach a stopping point with that, then I'll get back to the fumes.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Fired up the genny for a bit too

Got the generator running again for a bit. Ran a battery charger and topped off my deep cycle battery. Back to the original setup, 1/2" air and 1/2" fumes lines.

Cranked the V8 again today

Had a guy come over who hadn't seen it run yet, but was plenty interested.  Fired right up!  I mean fire!  :)  the air compressor behind the motor had a plastic label catch fire. :)  no biggie.  Shut the motor down.  Put out the fire. Fired up the V8 again. Ran for about 30 seconds before killing it.

I need to hook up a cooling system so I can run it longer run times.

Can't wait to run one of these motors down the road.  :) 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lights in the shop...

I've got 3 of the 1600 lumen (22w actual, 100w equiv) LED lights with the simple shiny metal clamp on work lamps for lights. Just got those in and installed last night. Thanks again to the contributors for making that happen.
Here's a pic of them up in the ceiling. I have the 2 you can see and one behind the air handler, which reflects off of the back wall. I'm really happy about getting these in. Was frustrating being restricted by hours that you can work because its a pain to see on overcast days, much less in the dark. :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kart in shop now!

Finally got things out of the way and the kart loaded in there. Reattached the swingarm to the chassis. After a run to the scrap yard w/other stuff I can get on this thing running on fumes.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Air handler hung

After replacing our upstairs A/C in the house, I hung it up in the shop as the blower and heater sections are still good.  I've needed it out of the floor so I can get a car or go kart in there to work on converting next.  I've been flip flopping between the 78TA or my kids off road cart to do next.

Y'all let me know which you think I should do next.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Regular work took over

I had to go put in a lot of hours, doing my regular job of helping folks with data networks.  I did however get to start the V8 a few times over the past few weeks for several folks.  That's always fun to see the expressions on their faces when they get to hear the power that motor makes.  It always removes doubters who think these things can't make power under fumes.  It seems to always be one of those seeing is believing moments for them.  I get excited too because I want to work on this stuff 24x7 until its done.  But, alas there are bills to pay.

Another good thing that I got to do today was build a ramp to allow cars to be driven into my shop.  So I think when my mother gets here in a couple of weeks with her 3/4 ton truck, I'll get to pull my race car trailer up the hill and allow the 78TA to be rolled out of it and into the shop.  Then I'll get to work on making that thing run on fumes and I'll finally have my first driver.

If I can get enough hours into my go-kart before that time comes, then I'll try to do a quick conversion on it and have it running before the Trans Am.  Here's to hoping I'll have the time to make it happen.

Take care and thanks for the support!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

apologies to my 1st donators

I had a PayPal button instead of a widget initially on the site.  I found that the PayPal widget did more things, like track who's given donations, how much, etc.  shows the goal and how far along we are.  So I opted to do that, but because the money was already in prior to that widget, it didn't show it.  We do have donations though!  2 folks so far have totaled $120 USD.

And the first of that has been spent on a tap set for 1" NPT so I can make an exhaust flange for piping in hot exhaust to warm the fuel for the generator.  I had a coupon too so I'm making that money go further.  Was $48 for a 6 piece set.  I've got a the part cut and mounted on my drill press and started the holes being drilled.  I'm still searching for a way to cut the 1" hole for the exhaust to pass through.  I have drill bits for the mounting holes (where the bolts will pass through).

Will update again once I can drill that 1" hole and post up pics with it as well.

Just a quick update of where we are.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Our first donation!

When I put up the crowd sourcing page on the site it was in an effort to explain and show (as folks do on what we're doing , how, what its all about, because that's really what crowd funding is all about.  Explain to folks what you're trying to do, and see if they're interested in seeing that technology come to life for everyone or not.

I was thinking if a few thousand folks put up like $10 each then that would turn into some real funding to make this thing go faster than I can on my own and within my own budget.  I have volunteers but they're not here like clock work or hired employees would be.  So I posted the page and got a hit.  Ok.  It was a really big fan of mine, but they want to see it go, so they kicked in $100!

I was thinking there we go, now we have someone kicking this thing off, so for anyone else out there who would like to see 100MPG+ in their V8 rides, give us a hand.

Thanks for the support we've had so far, but now that there may be some monetary support, maybe we can move this thing a long a little bit faster.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

More progress. . . and more success.

Working on a quick fix today to get the genny running on it's own steel tank that came with it.  I got a step drill bit and cut two holes in the top of the can.  One is so I could draw the fumes off of the top of the tank, the other is allow a bubbler type action inside of it as was done on the red gas can.

As it turned out, I had to remove the gas cap from the top of the tank to allow enough fresh air in to get a good ratio to run the motor.  This isn't ideal and will not be how I leave it in the end, but letting folks know this is one way it can be done. 

My original plan today was to recirculate exhaust back into the tank and help warm it up.  This wasn't working out so well, I hadn't realized I needed to remove the gas cap, so I went with the regular tube sitting down inside the tank like the red gas can had done.  Now that I realize that I have to run with the gas cap removed (for now) I can go back to my plan with the recirculated exhaust back into the tank and see how it goes. 

I am concerned though.  I don't think I'll do that until I cool it down more by making a pipe inside of a pipe setup like the GEET plans show.  Once I know the exhaust temp will be reduced, then I'll be more willing to give that a shot.

But without further hesitation, here's the video of the genny running in this mode.  Also under load.  I have a radio and one of the 1500 Watt heaters running off of it.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Been out sick

Sorry so late from the last post, but I've been having a horrible time with a bad stomach bug.  All better now and plan on making some progress with getting the shop squared away so I can start working in it.

I've got more than half of the floor painted already and moved a lot of my stuff in there from the garage so I can park the Volt in the garage again.  I'll be going out there later today or tomorrow and getting the stuff moved into the area where it is painted so that I can finish painting the floor.  It's going to be too cold for the coming week to finish the floor painting, so I'm thinking I can make more progress with the generator. 

I've still not secured the scale I was wanting to do the consumption tests with, but figured I can go ahead with re-plumbing the front of the carb so that I can re-assemble the frame and mount the original gas tank back on top of the genny.  Going this route allows me to do more in the way of warming the vapors.  As i really don't feel safe doing that with a plastic can.  :-)

So far I still have a second generator of the same make/model and with that owner's permission I'll be setting it up to run the consumption tests so I can have 2 in parallel to show the progression of the build instead of only being able to track/document the one.

Aside from that, I'll be working on the 1st vaporizer can design for the V8 this coming week.  Dimensions, etc.  I don't know when I'll get to cut it weld it etc, build that box, but that will follow the generator updates again.

as always I'll have more videos to post once I have progress enough to show something worth watching.

Take care.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shop inbound!

I've got a date.  Tuesday 2-19-2013.  They're supposed to be here to stand the shop up!  W00T!  So now I've got to get my floor finished so they can have a place to put the thing.  I'm just about done though.  A good buddy came over last weekend and we almost got it knocked out.  There's only the top layer (the actual floor I'll stand on in there) left to do and it's done.

So once I have the floor done I'll post a pic of that and then again on Tuesday once the bdlg is done I'll have a pic of that too.  Progress is being made yall!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Still no bldg...

But I'm now on a list!  Hopefully it won't be long before I get that call that tells me the schedule.  I've also got some info to confirm about the building size for the spot I have to build on, but will accommodate more space if required.  It's just a couple of extra feet if need be.

So that's really the update for now.  There hasn't been any progress from the last videos as I haven't had any room to really work on this stuff. 

I've got a buddy who's looking into electrics.  I've got a kit of stuff I'd like to outfit an over sized go-kart with once the shop is in too.  I already have most of the parts I need to make that happen.  Well, as far as a build out the platform is concerned, I still need a controller and wiring harness.  I may also look into getting batteries like the ones in my Chevy Volt.  This guy was selling them, I don't know if he still has any or not.

So until I get a building, there may be radio silence here a bit longer.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Starting up

Hello everyone!

I'm really excited about announcing my new venture named as the title states 100mpgmotors!

I've not figured out anything new, people have been doing this for over 100 years now, I'm just another one who's doing it.  I guess what makes me a little bit different is that I will post all of my discoveries onto the web for free so anyone who wants to follow my work and replicate it, can.  The only thing I'd like to see, but not asking for, is donations to help get this thing off of the ground.

The 3 main goals of the web pages is for :
1.) documenting everything that I'm doing (and making it available for everyone to use)
2.) making kits available so that people can adapt their own setup to lawn mowers, generators, cars you name it. (if it's gasoline powered)
3.) making a location available for folks to bring their cars and adapt them, themselves (with our help of course).

So if you haven't made your way over to the web site yet, check it out.


Let me better qualify that statement about funding.  I'm going to make all 3 goals happen with or without donations.... the question is, how long will that take?  One guy working towards this goal within his own means, or being to fund hiring folks to help make all of this come to fruition even faster... that's the difference.

If it's something you believe in, then please by all means give it a boost, I want to see this happen as much as anyone else.  I'd suggest even more as I've dedicated so much to it already, but this is only the beginning of what I hope to be a career long term of making life easier for everyone; by helping them reduce their operating costs everywhere they have to pay for fuel.  Thanks everyone.  Take care.