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Old 01-13-2011, 07:12 AM   #1
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Has anybody done it? Know anybody who has? The other day a friend was telling me it's about $3500 to convert your vehicle to run on natural gas (compressed propane), and you get like a $1000 rebate if you do it. And fuel costs approximately $1.30 a gallon! And he said the first year you do it you get a rebate of $.45 a gallon. And you get about 25% better fuel economy, about 20% more power, and have green emissions. Anybody know anything else about this?
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:43 AM   #2
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Just google it. It is dangerous if not done right and if in an accident it has a possibility of exploding (it has happened before). One of my off road mags had an article about an off roader who had it done and the tank sits in the truck bed. I can't remember which mag it was...but it was a green Toyota Tacoma if I remember correctly. It looked sharp with prerunner fenders if I remember it right. If I can find the mag (got it the last 1-2 months ago) I will let you know.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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Propane will NOT give you a 20% increase in power. With a propane conversion you will lose about 12-14% of your power. (unless the engine is built for propane, ie: higher compression)

You will also get LESS mpg's. The cheaper cost per gallon will make up the difference and it should be a little cheaper to run on propane.

You will get better emissions (if its tuned right) and your engine will last longer. propane is a cleaner fuel and your oil will be cleaner, longer.


FYI: I'm a forklift tech with over 12 years of propane experience. I've converted everything from a 1.1L to 460 fords.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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do it, if you ever get hungry you can just throw some burgers on your grill
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well. natural gas and propane conversions are not the same.


the compressor and tanks for natural gas will be 5000 dollars as its high pressure.


i looked into this 6-7 years ago and was going to use the whole 5.4 power train and system as the costs were perfect to buy the components. i could not figure out a way to compress the gas at home cheap enough to warrant the investment. i regret not buying thge componants and powertrain though. cant find them cheap anywhere now.

good place to find operational ngv is airports and city auctions. they had a whole load of ford 15 passenger vans come in all ngv/gasoline duel fuel.

i could have stripped the whole running systems for 1500 bux. i feel like an idiot for not doing it now.
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Here's a site that has answered a few of my questions;
http://fuelsforum.rasoenterprises.co...3594d1f2154148
Use the search feature for answers first though.

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dude....cool site. thanks
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what snoranger said. but around my area propane is more readily available
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a friend was telling me it's about $3500 to convert your vehicle to run on natural gas (compressed propane)
Lets go back and start with the basics, which one do you want to run? Compressed natural gas (cng) or Propane?
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I'm not really considering doing it, mainly because I don't have the money to make the investment to swap. I was just wondering if anybody had and if they could say whether or not it was worth it. And I I believe he was talking about compressed propane, I just said natural gas because I thought it was the same.
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