Great Lakes Permaculture

Biodiesel Project Vehicle

2012 will be a busy year for us, many projects are moving to completion along with careful planning for this year and also the next. One of the projects that I have not described so far is something I have wanted to learn more about, so that is why I mention it here because I want to publicly state that I want to learn more about home biodiesel production.


A project vehicle has been purchased, a 1985 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, a military CUCV M1009 with 73,000 miles on it. The CUCV program, or Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle is the perfect vehicle I believe for this project. The standard vehicle is a 6.2 liter V8 which in it’s stock condition will obtain 20-24 MPG on the highway, so it can become my daily driver to work and other places I need to travel to. It is not the fastest vehicle, but capable of highway speeds, reasonably priced with low miles and some assurances of maintenance by our government. The vehicle is currently at the mechanic getting a look over for hard start issues, hoses and belts, and then we move on to body issues. Although the body is entirely sound as the vehicle came from Arizona and has never seen a drop of snow until I purchased it, I have to get rid of the Starsky and Hutch stripe so it will receive a complete paint job in a single color OD green. Although I tell my Wife it will be painted camo because she hates the thought of a camo vehicle, pictures of the vehicle taken shortly after we picked it up from the dealer in Chicago are shown above and I will post updates as the project moves along.

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