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Thinking About A Vegetable Oil Car

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Lately I've been looking at old diesel cars on eBay and thinking of getting a cheap one to clean up and convert to veggie oil. Most of the nicer cars are the old Mercs and they can be a bit pricey, but it seems with fuel as high as it is all diesels are skyrocketing in price, especially VWs. I'd actually like to find a 5-speed diesel Chevette with A/C in decent, rust-free shape, but that's a needle in a very large haystack.

Has anyone here done this or thinking about doing this?

Are the Olds 4.3L diesels that bad?
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My dad bought not one but two diesel Chevettes back in the day. He loved them. 50 hp maybe but he said he drove them to NYC doing 80+ mph just fine. After a few years (I can't remember how many miles they had, seems like 90k) they used a little bit of oil but not much. I'm not sure if he used diesel motor oil in them or not.
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