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SuperTruck: Bell-Housing

August 12, 2014

Yesterday, I got to tinker with the transmissions some more for my diesel-electric hybrid truck project. Not having actually DONE any transmission work before means that this is all pretty new to me. However, since I took the Mercedes transmission apart, it made working on the Chevy S-10’s T5 transmission that much easier. Only four […]

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Glow Plugs, Part 2

July 16, 2014

When last I left you, I had an engine with the glow plugs removed, and the remaining holes gunked full of carbon. Everything I’ve read so far strongly suggests reaming out the carbon when replacing glow plugs. I had looked online and found that a specialty reamer tool for glow-plug holes were over $50! I […]

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240D Glow Plug removal and inspection

July 15, 2014

The “Super-Truck” project is something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while. The whole idea is to build a plug-in hybrid pickup, which could run off diesel, battery electricity, and biofuels. Imagine if a Chevy Volt not only ran on bio-fuel, but could also haul firewood and tow a trailer! Too […]

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SuperTruck: Firing up the Diesel

July 16, 2013

A few days ago, my friend Steve stopped over to help lend a hand on the DIY Open Source Plug-In Hybrid “SUPERTRUCK” project. At the heart of the project are two things, a diesel engine, and a big forklift motor. And while I’ve learned a thing or two about DC motors the last few years, […]

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So THAT’S how a clutch works!

May 22, 2013

Later this week, I’m planning on dragging all my SuperTruck project parts (engine, tranny, other tranny, bell-housing, OTHER bell-housing, clutch, flywheels, etc, etc.) over to show to Hot Rod Jim. Jim made the adapter plate for my Geo Metro, based on the oily tagboard tracing I gave him, and also helped out chopping the motor […]

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Earth Day Eco-Cycles

April 25, 2013

Earth Week is always a busy time for me, but in the best possible way! Yesterday, I attended the Milwaukee Area Technical College Green Vehicles Workshop. In the morning was a number of presentations on alternate fuels, emerging technologies, and what’s going on locally in clean transportation. The afternoon featured a display of alternate fuel […]

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A Tale of Two Flywheels

March 22, 2010

The second and third Sundays of the month are usually “EV Build Days” – but the friend who usually hosts them was out of town. Instead, I invited EV club members over to my house to help figure out the next steps in the “MerChevy” diesel truck conversion. Rich was the first to show up, […]

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