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The Hippy and his

Diesel Bus

General Diesel Info for MOST Hippie Applications

Diesel / SVO / WVO / ALL Waste Oil

Here is the info I learned since the fuel crunch in the 70's that I recommend & trust........

1st some history: Anyone can Google and find the original "Diesel" engine design ran off Peanut oil, Kerosene and the same stuff/mixtures/organics I try to teach people to use. In 1898, Rudolf Diesel was granted patent #608,845 for an "internal combustion engine" the Diesel engine. Thats just 100 yrs folks...and to think we had Jet airplanes flying thru the 50's!!!

FUEL: Bear with me while I find GOOD roadside emergency fuel mixtures.

OIL : DIESEL'S NEED OIL CHANGED MORE OFTEN THAN A GAS ENGINE!!!!! Diesels dont ignite/burn fuel (Called - compression ignition) so some goes past the pistons and goes into and contaminates your oil. THAT is why the Car Folks added a Extra quarts of oil so you wouldnt have to change it every 2000 miles.


I'm all for saving Fuel/$$$ and DO Recommend a second tank for Folk's wanting to burn other fuels. I always recommend leaving your main Tank system for "REAL" Diesel/Kerosene (refined), But do advise on adding a Water seperating Filter on ALL Bus Fuel systems.
Tradin' Bill

HISTORY (Via Wikpedia)

  • 1862: Nicolaus Otto develops his coal gas engine, similar to a modern gasoline engine.
  • 1891: Herbert Akroyd Stuart, of Bletchley perfects his oil engine, and leases rights to Hornsby of England to build engines. They build the first cold start, compression ignition engines.
  • 1892: Hornsby engine No. 101 is built and installed in a waterworks. It is now in the MAN truck museum in Northern England.
  • 1892: Rudolf Diesel develops his Carnot heat engine type motor which burnt powdered coal dust. He is employed by refrigeration genius Carl von Linde, then Munich iron manufacturer MAN AG, and later by the Sulzer engine company of Switzerland. He borrows ideas from them and leaves a legacy with all firms.
  • 1892: John Froelich builds his first oil engine powered farm tractor.
  • 1894: Witte, Reid, and Fairbanks start building oil engines with a variety of ignition systems.
  • 1896: Hornsby builds diesel tractors and railway engines.
  • 1897: Winton produces and drives the first US built gas automobile; he later builds diesel plants.
  • 1897: Mirrlees, Watson & Yaryan build the first British diesel engine under license from Rudolf Diesel. This is now displayed in the Science Museum at South Kensington, London.
  • 1898: Busch installs a Rudolf Diesel type engine in his brewery in St. Louis. It is the first in the United States. Rudolf Diesel perfects his compression start engine, patents, and licences it. This engine, pictured above, is in a German museum.
  • 1902: F. Rundlof invents the two-stroke crankcase, scavenged hot bulb engine.
  • 1902: A company named Forest City started manufacturing diesel generators.
  • 1904: French build the first diesel submarine, the Z.
  • 1912: First diesel ship MS Selandia is built. SS Fram, polar explorer Amundsen’s flagship, is converted to a AB Atlas diesel.
  • 1913: Fairbanks Morse starts building its Y model semi-diesel engine. US Navy submarines use NELSECO units.
  • 1914: German U-Boats are powered by MAN diesels. War service proves engine's reliability.
  • 1920s: Fishing fleets convert to oil engines. Atlas-Imperial of Oakland, Union, and Lister diesels appear.
  • 1924: First diesel trucks appear.
  • 1928: Canadian National Railways employ a diesel shunter in their yards.
  • 1930s: Clessie Cummins starts with Dutch diesel engines, and then builds his own into trucks and a Duesenberg luxury car at the Daytona speedway.
  • 1930s: Caterpillar starts building diesels for their tractors.
  • 1933: Citroën introduced the Rosalie, a passenger car with the world’s first commercially available diesel engine developed with Harry Ricardo.
  • 1934: General Motors starts a GM diesel research facility. It builds diesel railroad engines—The Pioneer Zephyr—and goes on to found the General Motors Electro-Motive Division, which becomes important building engines for landing craft and tanks in the Second World War. GM then applies this knowledge to market control with its famous Green Leakers for buses and railroad engines.
  • 1936: Airship Hindenburg is powered by diesel engines.

  • If your really a Bio-Hippy, Send 4 hippies out in town. 2 Hunting Veggie oil and 2 hunting any used motor oil/burnable liquids. the 2 with used motor/engine/dumpster perfume/etc oils will come back FASTER with 10X the needed fuel. LEARN TO MIX IT AND BURN IT FOR THE TIME COMES!!!!!
    BTW, When you change your motor oil we would filter it and add it right back to the main tank at 1 cup per gallon of diesel. Talk about recycling!


    Go to an "Old Engine Show". I take Family there often to vend. Alot on the east coast from PA to FL. Florida Flywheelers has one every year in Wauchula/Zolfo Springs area. 2 different old engine shows in 1 week. You will see old -style living engines at their club-Ranch. People driving homemade hit and miss buggies to shop in and every type of Kerosene 1900 Boat motor on up. The Rigs these People drive in are amazing too!!! You too can watch old diesels tractors running on propane, etc.