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SUPERMAN1955
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:29:02 PM

Has anyone converted thier everyday vehicle to propane. Propane out here is right at 2.47/ gal. That is about .50 + cents lower than gasoline. Also, would like to know , if you had it converted over, the cost and if you felt it was worth it...... Mpg's increase or decline and overall general engine performance.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2013 8:56:03 AM

Milage will go down 20%
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2013 7:04:55 AM

No
GLM4205
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No
bearscharger
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 7:45:35 PM

no
waynecz
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 12:02:51 AM

nope and no interest to
jonjon57
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 6:52:42 PM

No
chipote
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 3:23:21 AM

No
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 12:20:52 AM

No
Shamyne
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 7:57:36 PM

No
weddy11
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 9:45:42 AM

No.
jonjon57
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:58:50 PM

No
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 6:26:26 AM

no
PassmyGas
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 5:12:39 AM

like to go to Natural Gas converstion
IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 4:49:18 AM

No
borsht
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 1:13:08 AM

OceanArcher asked about the conversion rate.
propane is about 4.1 pounds/gallon whereas gasoline is about 6.1 pounds per gallon.Thus it has about 2/3 the mass density. However, it has a higher percentace of hydorgen. Thus the energy ratio is about 3/4 that of gasoline. this is regular gas not so called gasohol.

The problem with conversion is that the kits I know of don't have a computer controlled injection system designed for propane. So I doulbt you will get the expected 3/4 the MPG you would get with gasoline.
I wouldn't bother going to propane until the vehicle is designed for it.
DoctorOH
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 12:32:26 AM

Not yet
down2fumes
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 8:49:48 AM

no
davisadm
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 6:59:48 PM

LPG has a lower BTU rating than gasoline, meaning less energy for the same volume. That would decrease power and MPG. But at the much lower price, it probably is worth it, if you can get the conversion done for a decent price.
Shamyne
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 3:00:41 PM

No
jnfrancois
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 3:00:21 PM

Nope
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 2:42:53 PM

no
vikings80
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 4:57:11 PM

no
going up
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 3:58:57 PM

no as not many places to fill up.
dvc2
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 1:36:04 PM

I did to a truck that I own a few years back.
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:20:01 AM

No mainstream supply so NO
Snowchoux
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:13:21 AM

Cost is to much.
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:57:06 AM

I wonder what the conversion rate is? I've always seen propane sold by the pound, not by the gallon
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 9:41:38 AM

Back when propane was very reasonable priced,my Son and I converted an older V/8 engine over,mainly his project,everything went well except finding a safe approved location for the tank.

Weight/thickness/protection,safety valving was a problem along with a HP. loss,gave up the plan,but interesting,clean burning,compression related.less oil changes.Ho Hum...
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 9:27:14 AM

I will keep my car as it came from the factory. I would not be apposed to buying a car that came from the factory using propane.
billybopWI
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:55:04 AM

I haven't seen the cost conversation factor, MPG's and other info to make an informed determination.
chipote
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:43:16 AM

Too expensive
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:17:08 AM

I"d like to but am not sure where I'd fill up at.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:11:17 AM

No and I won't because the infrastructure to support this type of energy is few and far between.
bearscharger
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 5:27:57 PM

no
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 8:53:58 AM

I've seen farm trucks with this conversion. I suspect they may be filling the truck from the storage tank on the farm, and bypassing the road taxes. I doubt that such a thing is totally legal, but how do you prove it? To my knowledge, propane does not have a "trace color" in it for home heating or "offroad" use.
dgsteven
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 3:12:47 AM

no
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:55:35 AM

What's the cost of conversion? Add that to the mix, and see where you "break even"
Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:09:21 AM

No.
jes
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 5:10:59 AM

no
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