How easy to convert 83 chev conversion van 6.2 L

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Hello Everyone,

I know, I know, I own an import, but a friend of mine just picked up a sweet 1983 Chevrolet Conversion Van 6.2 and wants to burn some veggie in her.

Being an import guy I don't know anything about chev diesle vans. I've been doing some searching on the net, but I'm not finding anything useful.

Does anyone have any ideas of experance about this monsters, any sites that might help me out.

We are hoping to purchase a kit, and store the tank under the van.

So what are the pros / cons of this van.

Thanks

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Have seen a few people w/6.2 burning veg on various sites, I think 1 had quite a few miles on it. I had a 6.2 years ago, and main problem is just poor performance without a turbo. got good mileage for the day at about 20mpg.

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I drive a 1983 Chevy Suburban with a 6.2-liter diesel engine and a Greasecar conversion kit. It runs great on vegetable oil. I can't tell the difference driving around on diesel or vegetable oil. Sometimes when I stop at a traffic light I will smell the vegetable oil, but that's about it.

Greasecar provides the instructions needed to install the kit. The hardest part for me was cutting holes through the metal for the heated hoses to the vegetable oil tank.

If you filter your vegetable oil and settle out the water, you should have no problems driving on free and clean vegetable oil.

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"The Use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignifigant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time." ~ Rudolph Diesel 1912

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Say McQueen where did you route your fuel and coolant lines on you suburban? Do you have an photo journey of your project? Starting the journey today on a 83 6.2L suburban with a friend.

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Check out postings by 6.2L AirForce Van on this site. He has a pretty good setup.

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The coolant hoses were run along the frame rail on the right side of my Suburban. The fuel line, of course, is inside the coolant hose.

As I mentioned, the hardest part of the installation for me was cutting holes in the metal for the coolant hoses to get to the veggy tank.

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"The Use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignifigant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time." ~ Rudolph Diesel 1912

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You will find the engine to be acceptable to the veggie however the van part to be more of a problem. Not that it hasn't been done its just so darn crowded the way the engine is "stuffed" into the chassis. Good luck!!

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