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Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F
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9/1/2005 10:50 am

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More blah blah blah

Song of the day: Abraham, Martin & John ‒ Dion

I hope gasoline does not do what is rumored, and reach $4.00 per gallon. Talk about choke the economy. Diesel is already $3.15 here, that is going to help the cost of groceries. I feel for those on fixed incomes. Even worse for the “working poor.” The work two or more jobs, and are on the edge now.

Luckily for us Boise is very bicycle friendly, and we have another month of good weather. The university is downhill, so I will be to class on time, need to check the brakes. I will get my workout coming home all up hill. Hurray for the metro, with its model airplane engine should do ok when we need to drive. If this price increase goes in, the metro will be considered a big gas-guzzler like an SUV.

About five years ago I bought this old Chevy truck. Someone had dropped an engine from a 69 in it. All of the emission controls were gone. When I could no longer register the truck out of country, I would have to get an emission test. Ada County is the only county that tests emission in Idaho, so far. So I had two options, sell it or convert to propane.

The guys at the propane could pull the old gas tank. It is a Chevy, the gas tank is not bolted behind the protection of the frame but between the frame and the outer panel of the bed. A nice hit in the side the tank ruptures and spills gas all over the hot exhaust, and a hot time. They would have placed the tank in a much safer place.

In my idiot brilliance I put pen to paper, I sold the truck. Propane was $1.47 a gallon, gas was 97 cents, and the cost was not justified. Also had to consider propane is 20% less efficient, so 10 miles per gallon became eight. The car I got to replace the truck gets 25 miles per gallon in the city.

If gas goes $4.00 at 25 miles per gallon is 6.25 cents a mile

If the old truck got eight miles per gallon, and propane is currently 1.95 a gallon is 4.10 cents per mile.

Hindsight is always 20/20

bigredeatsbush 51M/50F

9/1/2005 6:48 pm

Well, I agree. My oldest son is going to be driving soon, we bought him an old pontiac with a 4 cyl engine to drive, I have an 89 3/4 Pickup. I recently told him that he will be driving my truck when he gets his license, I will keep driving his car to work. I figure he will learn to appreciate the value of a dollar quicker that way. I'm working on better solutions to the gas problem, but I can only move at the speed my time and money will allow.

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

9/2/2005 3:22 pm

Hey Red
My dad did that too, I had a full size truck, with a hungry gas tank. Problem was we agreed my parents would pay my insurance, LOL, I had a 350 with a four barrell under the hood grin.

I wonder why I suddenly got an old Chevette?

I tried to say to my friends I drove a 'vette, but they did not buy into it. Sigh geek mobile geek mobile!

patsam69 51M/51F

9/3/2005 7:58 pm

propane? really? I am so out of touch.

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