This past Father’s Day got me thinking about some of the things my “pops” used to come up with in the vein of energy conservation. He fancied himself an inventor and used to come up with some unique ideas or unique ways of using old ideas. Although his ideas were for energy conservation, I think that the current climate of financial strain might call for some of these ideas to get another look again today when we are all thinking about how to get the most out of the money we have in order to be able to spend more on our prepping. Some of his ideas would apply directly to bugging out and supplying energy for our families, while we are in our remote locations etc. Sadly “pops” isn’t with us today, but I did review this information with my mother, who was there to witness all of it.
In 1979/1980, during the fuel shortages, my “pops” was working on ways to conserve gasoline. One of the things he came up with was a new way to use an old idea. Apparently farmer’s invented the idea as a way to conserve fuel for their tractors in the field. The idea is VERY easy to put into practice. Although I do not have his original set of plans on how to accomplish this, I can lay out the basic idea here for you.
First, I need to include a couple of cautionary notes. I recommend that if you have a newer vehicle – you do NOT want to change anything that would nullify your vehicles warranty. Also, there have been significant changes to carburetors and how they can be adjusted to take advantage of the fuel system. Essentially you would have to “break” your carburetor to adjust it to the leaner fuel. This is perfect for my bug out vehicle as the original tests were performed on a 78 Chevy blazer (and 100’s of other vehicles), and my bug out vehicle is an older model Chevy Blazer also. During the testing phase of developing this idea – many people reported getting 200 mpg and more. Most people reported at least doubling their gas mileage.
Here it is… in a sentence. The idea is to vaporize the fuel before it gets to the carburetor.
To do this, run a fuel line along the exhaust system to preheat it before it hits the carburetor. That’s it. Of course there are finer points to consider. One that seemed to make a lot of difference was the angle the fuel line was going when it delivered the “vapor” to the carburetor. You would want it almost straight up and down at the carburetor. This allows the gasoline that has not been vaporized to trickle back down the fuel line and be re-vaporized – you get 100% use of all the fuel this way.
It takes some time to play with the system making adjustments until you get at least double your present mileage. Do NOT use copper line for your fuel line – as the heating and cooling will cause the copper line to create small holes, that could be extremely dangerous.
I would like to hear from those of you that try this, to see what kind of mpg you get. This is definitely a do at your own risk project, but if you use your heads it is very easy. Like I said right up front – the farmers have been using this method since tractors were invented. I don’t recall ever hearing a story about a farmer blowing himself up in the field by doing so. It isn’t dangerous if you use your head. You also end up with more power and performance, another good idea when you are bugging out and the gas stations may be few and far between – if they exist at all when the time comes. Fuel injected cars need not apply.
On a side note, I was 3 and 4 years old when this was going on and I remember bits and pieces. When my mom brought up the idea for the story my exact words, half jokingly, after receiving her email were, “Thanks mom, this is the crap that gets people ‘disappeared'”, and she said. “Oh yeah, we got plenty of death threats back then”. That just made me want to write it all the more. Hope you can find the correct combination, good luck and stay safe.
Do a Startpage search for: “old farmer’s method for vaporizing gas and increasing mileage”, there’s lots of additional info there. Lot’s of folks will say it’s B.S., I know better, I saw it done.