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post #1 of 7 Old 07-17-2015, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Converting to Propane, anyone?

I called Cary at "gotpropne.com" today. I talked with him about a propane conversion. HE seemed to feel it improved torque on these small motors. That is my goal.

I also read somewhere about propane with a turbo charger. Tat is a curious idea as well. I would wonder about performance???

So, anyone here had experience with propane as fuel for your truck/auto? How does it do? Pit falls? Advantages? Thoughts?

If it could give me a significant performance increase I might just do it. I am currently old school, a 1985 with a carb. No O2 or other sensors, no ECM, nada but idle screws and jets.

thanks in advance.
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Re: Converting to Propane, anyone?

After working on a fleet of propane vehicles, my question is why you would do this to any engine?
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Re: Converting to Propane, anyone?

Hope and ignorance. I like the cleaner burning(less CO2) and I was hoping to get more torque on the bottom end. That is why I posted the question as well. I was hoping for some real world experience with it.

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Re: Converting to Propane, anyone?

I did propane conversions for several years back in the '90s

Owned a full size Chevy van with a conversion for a decade.

Pros
The fuel is super clean, you will never get stuck rings or sludge or carbon build up.
The fuel is 110 octane! Super or turbocharge it!
Idle is always smooth.
Cheaper $/mile than gasoline in most cases.

Cons
The tanks are heavy!
The tanks are not space efficient, the must be cylindrical, and can only be filled to 80%
Propane has less BTUs than gasoline so you use about 20% more to go the same distance as gasoline.
Combine the smaller capacity of fuel carried with the 20% increase in consumption and you have a much shorter range than you would expect.
If you run out or fuel you can't simply use a Jerry can to get your ride going. Yes a BBQ tank can work to a limited degree if you have the correct hose and fittings.
Limited sources for fuel outside of town, and in many places limited hours to buy it.

Summary
I'd use it in a special hotrod that runs around in town. Short trips and to the track. As a DD it can be a pain in the butt to always be looking for fuel.

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Re: Converting to Propane, anyone?

AWD V8 hit it on the head. I'd steer clear of it if I were you.
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I have carried propane in a 3 gallon bucket. @-29 it does not turn to gas quickly. A engine needs vapor to start and run. Liquid propane does not burn.
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Re: Converting to Propane, anyone?

Hey Folks,
Thanks for the input. It is greatly appreciated.!!!

With that I will pass on the idea.
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