Saturday, September 3, 2011

Partially Pimped and running on Biodiesel



Althea posed at Gustafson's Farm in her new outfit. Gustafson's is famous for their apples and for being one of the most beautiful places in town.

Yay! Finally! And yes I am obsessed! She is finally presentable on the outside at least, and back to being vegetarian!!!!!Thank you Neil from Maaco!!! And Thank You! Kevin from Alplex for the new VW emblem! The interior is still ghetto, but this rig is part plein-air studio, work truck and occasional storage unit. (It’s a real SUV not some noxious, pampered Hummer). I’ll need a grant for the interior decorating phase ! A conversion to the even more sustainable fuel, Waste Vegetable Oil(WVO) is in the future! Any philanthropists out there? 
Before the paint transformation
It’s been a long road since I first got my Vanagon diesel in 2004 as an art project/ experiment  in alternative fuels. It is an experiment that I couldn’t have done without a lot of hand holding and encouragement from Jim Burke and David Henri. Jim and Dave have been at the forefront of alternative fuels in Connecticut and extremely generous with their time and information.  Thank you Jim and Dave! They also were VERY patient! I know NOTHING about mechanical things. Ask anyone who knows me. If  I can do this, anybody can, which was the whole point of this venture.
A favorite painting spot
Quick on-site Oil Sketch from today's excursion to Gustafson's Farm
  
Before I moved to Singapore I was driving a VW rabbit that I bought from David Henri who did the conversion on it to run on Waste Vegetable Oil. It ran great on the oil and smelled much better than a regular diesel! A little like Tempura, I got the oil from a Japanese restaurant. Sadly I had to sell it when transitioning to Singapore. (I think she lives in Bethlehem now). After living in Southeast Asia and witnessing  the destruction that commercial bio-fuel production does to the rainforest and other fragile eco-systems, I re-adjusted my view on biodiesel as a sustainable energy alternative. In order for biodiesel to be truly sustainable it has to come from waste vegetable oil which mine does.





Althea posed at my uncle's former dairy ,Kasson Farm, now Glynnis Farm Biodiesel Home Heating Oil


Below  is a list of links with information on Biodiesel and Waste Vegetable oil.


Waste Vegetable Oil(WVO) and Biodiesel Sites
Jim Burke's
An article on the Rabbit I bought from David Henri who did the Conversion
WVO conversion for vehicles
Make your own Biodiesel

Home Heating and Power

Gas stations that sell biodiesel
http://www.nearbio.com/
General Information Sites
http://www.connecticutbiofuels.com/index.html

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