Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: La Habra, CA
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12v into 89 GMC Crew Dually
I've been reading up over the last couple months, and am getting ready to start buying parts. Unless I find a nearly free pre 94 12v it'll be a 94+. I still haven't decided on a transmission. Part of me wants a stick, probably a NV4500. Another part of me wants an auto. I don't know why because I haven't had the best of luck with autos in trucks, but they were all Fords, so maybe that was my problem. If I go auto, what are my options with little or no computer control? A 47RH is hydraulically controlled, and the RE is electronic right? What about auto lockup control.
I'll be towing with this setup. Probably a long summer trip with several trips during the year. Mostly recreational. I plan some basic mods, but nothing really extreme. I'd be really happy with 250ish HP. Hopefully I can restrain myself from going much higher than that.
Anyways, I've been perusing eBay, the local papers and quite a few forums. Still holding out for a motor locally for a decent price. I know that as soon as I win an auction on a motor from the east coast, 5 of em will turn up here in So Cal.
Once everything is running smoothly I'd like to convert to WVO. I've secured a good source from a Japanese restaurant and I've already accumulated over 100 gallons in the last month. It's turned out to be very easy to de-water. My setup uses a pre-fileter, a 55 gallon settling drum, then a second smaller drum to settle again. It overflows into a transfer drum where I check for water, then gets pumped to a sealed storage container. Found the plans on the internet and it was super easy to build. At least in the summertime no further filtering has been necessary. We'll see what happens when it cools down. The passenger side tank will be WVO with plans for an easily removable tank in the bed. I could see carrying 100-300 gallons of WVO for a cross country trip with the kids.
La Habra, CA
Last edited by etcetera; 09-21-2008 at 08:18 PM.