Archive for November, 2009

Scaling Up Biodiesel Production

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Where Will Feedstock Come From?

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I think we can all agree the world might be a better place if more biodiesel could be made in a clean, cost-effective manner. Individuals and small groups, by making their own from waste vegetable oil, can keep their own fuel costs low and provide a valuable recycling service at the same time.

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The Biodiesel Page: August 2007

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Unlike some enthusiast magazines, we really do read our mail about all things diesel. Seems there is a lot of confusion over biodiesel. This is understandable for a number of reasons. Hobbyists got the jump on industry with the “refining” of free waste cooking oil. The “f” word caught a lot of attention-especially among the young, bucks-down gear heads. The articles persisted and the number of converts grew, and still are growing. Burning waste vegetable oil is one highly economical form or biofuel, but there are differences between that and what you’ll see coming out of the pumps in the future.  That could be why there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about biodiesel.

 

Stand Hed-Truck Stop

Friday, November 20th, 2009

1) Volvo to Offer Expanded Air Suspensions

0908_dw_trk_1With ever-increasing loads monitored by company engineers from its customer base, Volvo is immediately expanding the load ranges of its FH 16, FH and FM series. Directly aimed at the dump, mixer and tanker markets, the new range of air-suspended bogie variable-axles should increase market share.

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Black Smoke and Thunder

Friday, November 20th, 2009

0708_dw_editor_01_sBy the time you read this, the diesel drag racing and sled pulling season will be well underway. If you’ve never attended one of these events, you’re missing out.

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In The Eye Of The Beholder

Friday, November 20th, 2009

0611_dw_gary_blount_editorial_ford_truck_sAs a hands-on guy, I find myself working late nights, pounding, welding, and grinding away at any of my cars and trucks.

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Fuel Cells and Electric Hybrids

Friday, November 20th, 2009
0609_dw_gary_blount_editorial_photo_sIs An Electricity- Based Power Plant In in Your Truck’s Future?

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Pushed To The Break, or Just Over Built?

Friday, November 20th, 2009
0606_dw_gary_blount_editorial_photo_sI, like most people that read mags like this, would do anything to build my hauler into the ultimate tow rig. I’d even give up a good living to have a job where I would be exposed to inventive tips and parts.

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Johnson’s ’06 Ram 2500

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

0709_dw_readers_rigs_2_sBrad Johnson’s new Ram has a total of 5 inches of Rough Country lift and is double-shocked, using a combination of Fox Shox and Bilsteins up front, and a single set of Bilsteins in the rear.

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Nitto Dura Grappler

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Nitto Dura Grappler, a tire designed for diesels and towing.

Photos by Kevin Wilson & Courtesy of Nitto tire

When it comes to aftermarket wheels and tires, diesel truck owners usually end up having to choose between function and style. Since diesel HD pickups are designed to carry heavy loads and pull large trailers, often times the tire and wheel choices are less than up to the task of dealing with heavy loads, especially when you get up in the 20- and 22-inch wheel category. This can pose a safety issue, while on the other hand, those who tow heavy loads are often faced with premature tire wear from overloaded and overheated tires.

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The ABC’s of Gauges

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Early Warning is the Name of the Game

The trick is to know which gauge designs are most appropriate, decide how accurate you need them to be, and understand how design affects cost.

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