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Alternatives to Gasoline


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Old 01-12-2018, 09:48:18 AM
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It seems to me that there was a similar thread on here a couple of years back, but I have been unable to find it. I apologize to the person who started that thread for starting another.
On another forum, there is "discussion" about the rise of electric vehicles and the future of gasoline as a readily available, or affordable substance. For our hobby, it might be something we should consider and discuss. This drifts into politics, so we should try to steer away from that.
All of my tractors will run cheerfully on kerosene. That can be expensive up here. I paid over $60 for a 5-gallon pail at TSC before Christmas, for my little foot warmer in the shop. It is no doubt cheaper by the barrel and can be stored.
We still need something to start the tractors. What are some alternatives to gasoline that will continue to be readily available and affordable down the road?
Note, I am not saying that gasoline is about to disappear, and I am sure that I will have tipped over before that day comes. But there seems little doubt that it will continue to become more and more expensive, and collectors may have things to consider in the future.
Thanks for any thoughts.
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Alcohol blends are possible for many tractors, mostly moonshine mixes that would have powered them through the depression years.

I remember reference to some early engines using Benzene as a fuel, and am fairly sure that Benzene is among the additives in modern gasoline.

LPG and CNG conversions also exist, but the tanks and regulators required by these spoil the equipment's appearance. Some tractors came with this stuff from new, I've seen International Harvestor tractors using LPG and the manual for the Allis Chalmers WD45 I used to run had diagrams of the system as well.
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According to the latest predictions solar panel, storage battery and self driving vehicles know how will soon displace a large part of the gasoline market. Within 5 years self driving cars will replace a large part of the private owned car fleet. These predictions are made by a professor at Stamford U in California .This will lead to a steep decline in demand for gasoline with the result there will be a surplus of oil products and lower prices. Cheers
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Buying Kerosene for tractors its cheaper to purchase 'Jet A-1' jet engine kerosene, reserve the domestic grade expensive Kerosene for lamps, heaters and such.
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Gasoline was going to be a thing of the past decades ago.
There will be a demand for years to come, I believe. I don't know of alternatives but I haven't had to look for any yet, and I can't imagine collector car owners giving up any time soon.
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I suppose we should just be prepared..... Good excuse to buy a steam traction engine! Haha
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Iím sure one could start a kerosene burner with naphtha gas then switch to Jet A once warmed up, I think jet fuel is gonna be around for a while since I havenít seen any electric commercial airplanes yet!
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My Grandfather told me during WW2, farmers would fun the John Deere D's on light crude. I think they would burn almost anything except water once warmed up LOL
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Your best bet to get started Rick would be to go behind the counter in the paint department of your nearest Canadian Tire store and grab some of that paint thinner surely that will get it started.
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I know a guy who ran his Model X Oil Puke on Varsol. Maybe he still does? I have not seen him in several years.
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