I saw a the model t on the latest episode of Jay Leno’s garage that runs on wood gas. I found this video about it. Thought I would share it.
That is pretty neat. Thanks for sharing.
Prior forum discussions on wood gasifiers.
Make sure you scroll through each because they all have some very good photos, even though some of the narrative is recycled/rehashed from thread to thread.
There are two woodgas trucks roaming the streets here in Thunder Bay. One is a restored one or two ton truck built in the fifties with a factory gassifier, the other is a mid-nineties Chevy pickup that's been converted and is just about daily driven. I chatted with the Chevy owner once and it sounds like the thing is pretty well a full-time science experiment and receives constant tinkering. Last I saw him he was buying new cylinder heads for the truck but I don't know if they were stright-up replacements or if they were a different valve/combustion chamber/compression from a slightly different vehicle to improve performance. Those GM V8s are basically automotive LEGO as far as I understand.
I did a bunch of reading on making a woodgas vehicle of my own, even considering doing it to the T just for fun. What I found is that in the late stages of the cold war, FEMA designed a simplified gassifier that you could make easily out of stuff you can get at any hardware store and with minimal tools. It would be a neat curiosity but woodgas only delivers something like 75% of the power of gasoline and I don't know how much I'd like a 15hp Model T.
And here, jb
I remember those well from the time Norway was occupied by Germany. You could see them on trucks and taxis. The Germans pretty much expropriated all privately owned cars.
My uncle was running a bakery, and one of his delivery vehicles ran on acetylene gas. The vehicle had a very large generator, similar to the gas generators for lights on the early Ts, or if you will a miner's lamp, just a lot bigger. Farmers had a wood drying arrangement on the south side of their barns to dry the small wood pieces, that we called "knott".