Fuel Vent Part 1  

rm_MustangD6644 51M
1052 posts
4/20/2006 3:30 pm

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4/21/2006 6:10 pm

Fuel Vent Part 1

Petrol and Diesel fuel are just under $1.40 per litre and LPG is just on $0.50 per litre in most capital cities around Australia at the moment and it's starting to hurt people in the hip pocket.

Its all relative though, as the price when I first started driving in 1983/4 was @ $0.50 cents per litre for petrol and diesel [mostly for comercial vehicles] and LPG [mostly for taxi's] was $0.19 cents per litre.

Personally since 1990 all three vehicles that I have owned and driven have been commercial vehicles that I have converted to Dual Fuel to run on LPG and petrol. My ex wife only ever used petrol in her cars. When I got my first Hi Ace van I was shocked at how much money I was pouring into the petrol tank prior to converting to LPG.

I will at this point also have a vent about that conversion as it was a very unprofessional job, both in time taken and workmanship. So remember word of mouth advice can save you grief and money.

It is a capital cost to convert to LPG and it depends upon the model of vehicle as to the exact cost, but budget for around $2000.00.

Naturally you need to assess how long plan on keeping your vehicle and how far you travel per year as to the benefits you will realise from converting. The Energy Information Centre here in Victoria has or should have still, a calculator that you can use for various models of popular vehicles, multiplied by your travel habits, to calculate the time required to see the benefits of converting.

This benefit does not include the ego boost you get from standing at the pump filling up and seeing your tank filled for about 1/3 the price of petrol.

The downside to converting is a marginal loss of power and space lost to the tank and for me the loss of half the petrol tank. I also had to find somewhere else to fit the spare tire.

Personally I havent really experienced much of a performance loss because I instruct my mechanics to tune the van for LPG and just use petrol as a lubricant and a fuel reserve. I reckon my van is faster on take off on LPG if I squeeze the pedal rather than stomp on the pedal, but most times I drive for economy and let the van roll upto speed and wash of the power early to save the brakes.

Naturally like everyone I am appalled at how little petrol I get for my money these days, and this is what I would like to have a vent about along with my thoughts on alternative fuels in Part 2.


papyrina 50F
21133 posts
4/20/2006 4:30 pm

as i use my feet and public transport i really don't care how hi it gets and here in greece as the lowest earners in Europe we pay 1.05 per euro and for heating fuel about 69 cents which affects me more,till the boys in charge reduce taxes or stop talking war talk then it will keep on going up making all those delightful petrol companies very rich

I'm a

i'm here to stay

rm_MustangD6644 51M
1031 posts
4/20/2006 5:34 pm

Papy; So thats the secret to that wonderful looking bottom of yours.

Walking. Mind you its good for you in lots of ways, keeps you fit and toned, its good for your cardiovascular system and mental heatlh by releasing endorphins, improves blood flow which aids thinking and helps clean the skin and lastly as its a load bearing exercise its good for the prevention of osteoporosis.


TTigerAtty 62M

4/21/2006 8:06 am

Good post!

rm_MustangD6644 51M
1031 posts
4/21/2006 6:10 pm

Thanks TT


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