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 12-05-2005, 07:11 Post: 120406
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 Can gasoline pickup be converted to burn E-85

E-85 outlets are becoming more common so it would be nice to be able to use it. I'm not really ready to trade pickups for an E-85 ready one so I wondered first of all what is different about the fuel system and second if there is a kit or something to convert my pickup an 04 Chevy small V8. Thanks. Frank.






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 12-07-2005, 12:27 Post: 120601
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I see no one has responded yet. I've not heard of a kit to convert over to E85. E85 may require different gasket materials, etc in your engine. At the least, it probably requires different timing and possibly different fuel injectors. Have you done an internet search? Or checked out the automotive boards?






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 12-07-2005, 12:48 Post: 120603
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What is E 85? Is that Ethanol?






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 12-07-2005, 14:14 Post: 120614
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E85 is 85% Ethanol/15% gasoline. No I haven't checked any other boards, but I will. If it's a pricey deal to convert then I'll just wait till truck trading time. At one time there was no extra charge for E85 ready pickups from the factory, if that is still the case I'll just wait till I trade. Frank.






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 12-07-2005, 14:44 Post: 120617
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Depending on the age of the vehicle there may need to be a lot of small changes. Ethanol will have a high percentage of water and can be corrosive. I think the brass fittings can be a problem depending on the type used.






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 12-08-2005, 12:16 Post: 120678
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Peter's response was what I am most concerned with. The ethanol can dry out gaskets and seals that were not made of materials design to handle it. Then they dry out, crack and bad can things happen. That's one of my concerns. Another is the timing adjustments to reduce the risk of premature ignition which can cause damage depending on the severity. Ethanol also doesn't contain as much "go" power as pure gasoline so adjsutments to injectors, etc may be necessary.

Basically, I have more concerns and questions than I have answers for you.






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 12-08-2005, 12:35 Post: 120681
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Thanks for filling me in on the problems I would have without lots of gasket and injector changes. I'll just wait till next pickup trade time. Till this past season I had grown corn all my working life and what with the huge corn piles in almpost every cornbelt town I'd like to do my part to use up the extra corn and not be quite so dependent on foreign oil sources who have mainly their wellfair in mind not ours. There are quite a number of new ethanol plants in the building or startup stage right now, so it seems to be here to stay. Frank.






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I hear ya. I've considered looking into building a small bio-diesel producing unit in my shop. I've heard reports of people doing that for their personal use at reasonable expense. I run diesel so that would be an option for me. But then I lack the time to build it and operate it. But there is talk of a bio-diesel plant being built within 20 miles of me.






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 12-09-2005, 12:28 Post: 120735
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 Can gasoline pickup be converted to burn E-85

Maybe you guys can clarify something for me.

I have been told that Ethanol (which is also used in the making of biodiesel) is a net energy loss to produce. Meaning, it takes more energy to produce than it gives off as a fuel. Is there any truth to this?






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Look at the other thread we had on ethanol I think someone posted a link. I recall the net energy gain is not as much as you think or would like but is positive.
It is like the oils sands, as the technology improves less energy is used and the energy gain increases.






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