On Mon, 07 Aug 2006 04:43:03 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
:Has anyone ever seen any plans for a wood powered car?
:I know they have been made. With the gas going up and up and up, I am
:ready to start building one. I got plenty of dead trees, thus wood on
:my farm. If you have some plans, please post what you got, and if
:there is a way to get them in digital format. Or, is there a website?
:All that Google is offering are useless blogs (as usual, that seems to
:be about the only thing google finds lately).
I was reading my dad's autobiography last night and there was a passage
where he recounted passage by ship from the west coast of USA to CBI
(China, Burma, India theater) from September to December, 1943. They
stopped in Hobart, Tasmania and all the cars ran on charcoal. To quote
"What cars we saw were right hand drives and were powered by charcoal.
Gasoline, of course, was largely unobtainable, and so every trunk was
converted to charcoal burning engines. The cars were slow, and I believe
low on power, but (for wartime) it sufficed for transportation."
That's interesting. Someone else posted yesterday that the Stanley
Steamer used a petrochemical based fuel and I replied that the one I
had seen certainly had a boiler like an old fashioned boat. If your
Dad saw these vehciles in Australia during WWII then it would sort of
support what I wrote about the Steamer. It certainly wouldn't
surprise me if they used this form of furel then I know my own father
talked of the problems of fuela nd he was afarmer so must have had
soem sort of ration. Australia had no oil fileds until (IIRC) the
1960s, so importing ti with the Japanes subs active would have been a
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What you saw may have been converted for solid fuel. The original
Stanley used an oil fired burner and a steam tube boiler that was just a
bunch of copper pipes surrounded by a sheet metal shroud. It could go
from the pilot light to ready to roll in about 5 minutes.
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I have seen a producer gas car run. Smelled it, too. They are
astonishingly stinky, just about the most polluting form of
transportation you can imagine. They don't run very fast or very far,
either. If you have half a day to get from one town to the next, they
If you want convenient and economical transportation, check out
http://www.gsmotorworks.com or your local dealer.
A lot of motorcycle riders would probably be scared to death
riding one of those things. Keeping up with traffic flow is an
important safety measure.
That said a person might be better off with a scooter from one of the
major bike makers like these:
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