Thursday, March 15, 2012

Progress

Here's the progress so far. Of course I mean progress on the woodgas truck, version two.

I went to visit Wayne in Alabama and came home all the same day. It was a long trip, but well worth it.

Wasn't too sure what happened when I got there - right as I pulled onto his street the Metro started bucking and stalling, the dash lights flickered on and off, and I barely made it up his driveway. Long story short, it turned out to be a loose ground wire:


Why a loose ground wire would kill the entire engine I don't know. It's a bad design, but at least the problem got fixed quickly.

With that straightened out, we got on to business. Wayne loaded me up with supplies and I helped him with some computer issues. Which reminds me, check out his latest video! I put this together for him:



If you haven't seen it yet, here's the site I built for Wayne.

http://driveonwood.com

It's a great place to learn about gasifiers and woodgas vehicles. Wayne is a woodgas pioneer, why not take it straight from the guy who drives on wood every day?


I've started building things now, and the plasma cutter comes in really handy. Here's some thick pipe I cut:


It's not smooth because I am still learning my plasma technique. And I'm officially very bad at making holes! I have five burned out heat shields to prove it:


The problem comes when I try to use the plasma to pierce thick stuff; it widens and increases into a bowl shape, and doesn't always punch through. Like this one:



There's just nowhere for the molten steel to go. So my workaround is to predrill the holes.


Finished the condensate tank. It's not hooked up, and there may be further changes made, but here it is:




And started the dashboard wiring. Here's four control cables, three new switches and a vacuum gauge:




Not bad for two days work, eh? And more to come...