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Old 03-18-2012, 03:08 AM
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Hello,
I'm new to the forum, diesels and WVO! I've been reading up on WVO conversions here and there for a little while and thought that I would start to get a little more serious. I have an 02 F150 that is getting a little tired with 170k miles on it and I'd like to upgrade to a F250 with a 4dr cab since the family is growing.

I'm located in Crete, IL which is a small town ~40mi south of Chicago and haven't checked on any sources of used oil, but will call around/visit over the next few weeks and see what I can come up with. I have a 1500sqft garage with plenty of room to filter, but might want to start out buying WVO from someone experienced on the subject

I'm a Ford guy so, I'd be looking for either a 99-03 7.3L or an 04-07 6.0L depending on the budget and what I can find with low miles. Is there anyone in the Chicago area I could possibly meet with and ask questions. I'm a mechanical engineer and have been working on cars for a number of years, so I plan on performing the install myself.

thanks,
Chad

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Old 03-18-2012, 10:19 AM
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Hello,
I'm new to the forum, diesels and WVO! I've been reading up on WVO conversions here and there for a little while and thought that I would start to get a little more serious. I have an 02 F150 that is getting a little tired with 170k miles on it and I'd like to upgrade to a F250 with a 4dr cab since the family is growing.

I'm located in Crete, IL which is a small town ~40mi south of Chicago and haven't checked on any sources of used oil, but will call around/visit over the next few weeks and see what I can come up with. I have a 1500sqft garage with plenty of room to filter, but might want to start out buying WVO from someone experienced on the subject

I'm a Ford guy so, I'd be looking for either a 99-03 7.3L or an 04-07 6.0L depending on the budget and what I can find with low miles. Is there anyone in the Chicago area I could possibly meet with and ask questions. I'm a mechanical engineer and have been working on cars for a number of years, so I plan on performing the install myself.

thanks,
Chad
Hey Chad - Welcome to the forum. It's always nice to get new people involved. We look forward to your input here.

The Ford Powerstroke makes an excellent vehicle to convert. I have been running a 2000 F-350 on veg for four years now. It has performed extremely well. There are a number of 6.0 guys here as well, but my first choice would be the 7.3. Good luck in you hunt for a vehicle, and again, welcome. - Patrick
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:13 PM
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Welcome aboard! Wish I was closer so we could meet face to face, but I think we have a few guys up that way.

My 6.0 was converted back in 2008, and I've been happy with it. But if I had to start from scratch and pick a vehicle, I'd choose a 7.3. They're a lot more forgiving when it comes to fuel quality.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:35 AM
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Point taken on the 7.3L, although finding a nice clean one in my area is getting tougher, plus I like the styling of the 05-07. I'm probably going to start looking in the Southern IL or Missouri area to keep away from the rust.

Is there anyone who is filtering in the IL area? I was hoping to buy my WVO initially and then add the capability to filter over time.

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Chad
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:20 PM
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Are there any members in Illinois that are using WVO? I'd like to see a truck and filtering setup.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:49 AM
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I've continued to do research on WVO and what is involved, I thought I'd run my plan by the forum for some input.

1. Winter, find local sources of oil and determine how much weekly I can collect. Store initial pickups in cubies to let the oil settle over the winter.

2. Spring, Once weather starts to warm up, put together a basic H&S still to figure out if I have the time to filter the WVO and make enough to justify the investment.

3. Summer/Fall, Find a truck. I'm on the fence between a 2002-2003 7.3L and a 2006-2007 6.0L. I've read the stories on forums regarding the Head studs, EGR & injectors on the 6.0L and then the trans issues on the 7.3L. The prices between two similar trucks with the same mileage and options is pretty close. Are most of the 6.0L issues self inflicted (Chip/Tunes)? Can I even run WVO on a 6.0L without a centrifuge?
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:44 PM
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I've continued to do research on WVO and what is involved, I thought I'd run my plan by the forum for some input.

1. Winter, find local sources of oil and determine how much weekly I can collect. Store initial pickups in cubies to let the oil settle over the winter.

2. Spring, Once weather starts to warm up, put together a basic H&S still to figure out if I have the time to filter the WVO and make enough to justify the investment.

3. Summer/Fall, Find a truck. I'm on the fence between a 2002-2003 7.3L and a 2006-2007 6.0L. I've read the stories on forums regarding the Head studs, EGR & injectors on the 6.0L and then the trans issues on the 7.3L. The prices between two similar trucks with the same mileage and options is pretty close. Are most of the 6.0L issues self inflicted (Chip/Tunes)? Can I even run WVO on a 6.0L without a centrifuge?
Sounds like a good plan, you should have lots of oil if you start collecting now and dont convert a truck until spring.
Yes you can run wvo in a 6.0 without a CF, I did it with heat/settle/filter for many thousands of miles. I do like the CF better as it gets my oil 100% dry. A hot pan test would always produce "some" tiny bubbles when I was using H/S but it was an acceptable amount according to the experts I was learning from at that time. With my fuge, I get 0 bubbles and I just get more of a warm fuzzy feeling with that.
If your interested in a dually with a new engine (2003 6.0) I may be looking to sell mine in the near future (maybe spring). Nothing wrong with it other than some hail damage which will get repaired soon but I just dont need a dually anymore. Let me know if interested and I'll send pics.
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I've continued to do research on WVO and what is involved, I thought I'd run my plan by the forum for some input.

1. Winter, find local sources of oil and determine how much weekly I can collect. Store initial pickups in cubies to let the oil settle over the winter.

2. Spring, Once weather starts to warm up, put together a basic H&S still to figure out if I have the time to filter the WVO and make enough to justify the investment.

3. Summer/Fall, Find a truck. I'm on the fence between a 2002-2003 7.3L and a 2006-2007 6.0L. I've read the stories on forums regarding the Head studs, EGR & injectors on the 6.0L and then the trans issues on the 7.3L. The prices between two similar trucks with the same mileage and options is pretty close. Are most of the 6.0L issues self inflicted (Chip/Tunes)? Can I even run WVO on a 6.0L without a centrifuge?
I also used to work without a CF, but absolutely love the one I have now...you can find them used for about $700 (actually know where one is right now for that price), and when you start investing in filters, it starts adding up...if you heat up enough, and settle long enough, then you will probably be safe...i have a 7.3L and also agree with the others on that...

my father lives about 30 minutes south of indianapolis...you are welcome to drive down this weekend and meet up with us...i am going home from philadelphia to see my family...both of our trucks are converted...and we have a nice filtering setup there...with the space you have, you can build a pretty nice filtering setup for cheap...
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:25 PM
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Thanks for the invite, but it's a bit of a drive on UNL... I'll keep tyring to see if I can meet up with someone in the Chicago/NWI area.

I'm fortunate to have all of the available garage space, but it's an unheated area. Do most of these filtering setups have a climate controlled area? I'm thinking about the condensation from heating up a cold space in the winter contaminating my dry oil storage.

Also, with water & junk settling to the bottom and oil on top, has anyone ever stored their cubies upside down with a modified cap that had a valve on it to drain water? Just wondering.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:27 PM
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Also, What's the approximate time/month spent collecting WVO and then filtering it with a H&S? Has anyone converted this to an hrs/gal?
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