BIODIESEL RUNNING

Justin has a new lady in his life – her name is Mercedes Benz.

This old classic beauty is Justin’s latest pet project.  We acquired this turbo diesel wagon under very special circumstances – a good friend of ours is in the process of moving and also had some unexpected vet bills to pay since his dog got hit by a car.  So he offered us a good deal for the 1985 wagon that we couldn’t resist.  Thanks JA!  One of the previous owners had mentioned to him that the car did make an appearance in a HBO piece, so it will fit right in (especially these days!)

Right now it’s non operational with Justin working on some issues.  Justin isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and loves fixing things (very handy man!).  The previous owner ran a B20 blend and we’ll be running it on 100% homebrewed biodiesel so there are also a few filters to replace.  With more than double the MPG of our  ’88 Suburban, we should now use about 15 gallons of fuel a month!  Justin says it has about 180,000 miles on it,  so it has been around the block more than a few times.  Some minor problems include a clogged air filter, a broken egr pipe, a touchy fuel gauge, a broken odometer, a few vacuum leaks and the engine doesn’t turn off – other than these things, Justin says it runs perfectly!

It’s already got a great new nickname – “Peddler’s Wagon.”

Comments(4)

  1. Kristen M says:

    An engine not turning off in a diesel usually means there’s an oil leak into parts of the engine where oil doesn’t belong. Diesel engines can run off used motor oil, so what’s happening is that motor oil is leaking into a place where only fuel belongs. The engine is using the motor oil as fuel. So BEWARE. While you’re trying to track down the oil leak, you’ll want to be sure to observe your oil levels and make sure you don’t run so low that you destroy your engine.

  2. Kristen M says:

    An engine not turning off in a diesel usually means there’s an oil leak into parts of the engine where oil doesn’t belong. Diesel engines can run off used motor oil, so what’s happening is that motor oil is leaking into a place where only fuel belongs. The engine is using the motor oil as fuel. So BEWARE. While you’re trying to track down the oil leak, you’ll want to be sure to observe your oil levels and make sure you don’t run so low that you destroy your engine.

  3. Anita says:

    I have to disagree about the oil leak keeping the benz running. If it does not turn off with the key, you can turn it off using the STOP lever on the engine. If that is the only way you can turn it off, your vacuum system is leaking. Check all your connectors, especially those past the check valves at the door vacuum lines (yellow with stripes). You and a MityVac can become best friends this way.

  4. Anita says:

    I have to disagree about the oil leak keeping the benz running. If it does not turn off with the key, you can turn it off using the STOP lever on the engine. If that is the only way you can turn it off, your vacuum system is leaking. Check all your connectors, especially those past the check valves at the door vacuum lines (yellow with stripes). You and a MityVac can become best friends this way.

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