I bought a few wood gas generators including filters, blowers etc. This is a typical european feature during WW2 when there was no fuel available.
Does someone has information regarding a wood gas generator in a model T? My plan is to put it at my TT truck when it is finished.
Mooi gerard, Ik hoor mijn vader nog schelden op dat ding in de laatste dagen van de oorlog.Bij ons stond hij op een Fordson tractor
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I have visited an old member of our club in Benschop, he drove with an generator at a model A during the war. He also told me that it was a lot of work to drive with this system. 1 hour to start up the vehicle, 2 hours driving, 1 hour cleaning and 2 hours driving back home again with a lot of power losses.
Cool project. I wonder how well we could make one work, with modern technology. Dad saw them being used on trucks during WWII. He said it was common to see them alongside the road near the bottom of a hill, trying to build a fire.
Wood gas vehicles are pretty neat and AI was surprised to see two here in Thunder Bay in the same week last year. One was a mid-90s Chevy stake truck conversion and the other was a factory installed option on a 50s truck of some sort.
I think some of the new technology has helped with the clean out time and start up time. I think they run at 80 percent power. So you will lose 20 percent horsepower on the TT. I remember back it the late 1970s early 80s that Mother Earth News did a article on wood gas generators made from scrap. They suggested to get the biggest, gas guzzeling, big block engine you could for your engine. Then 80 percent of a big engine would be enough power. They built a Ford Pickup with a big block 390 in it. Then drove it coast to coast. The generator took up 1/2 of the pickup bed, and the other half was for wood scrap, scavaged along the way. Keep us posted if you build one. I have always wanted to build one myself ... have fun and be safe , Donnie Brown
The Chevy stake truck I saw had about 1/4 of the bed taken up by the gassifier and the rest was for extra wood. The stake sides themselves were actually piping to cool the gas or some such. I spoke to the guy a bit about it and he said he and his friend run the thing for free since they use off cuts from a roof truss company and scraps from a local furniture factory. The furniture scraps he mentioned were essentially rocket fuel in the truck as they're all kiln dried. At any rate, as neat as the rig was, I did run into it at a wrecking yard when the owner was there for a replacement set of heads so that may be saying something about a wood gas conversion right there.
Power loss is high on a low compression engine, 4.5 to 1 ratio is about 40% loss, raising the compression ratio will overcome power loss.