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  #21  
Old February 6th 09, 10:53 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
Erik Dillenkofer[_2_]
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In 1980 I worked for the Univ of Florida at their research station in Ft
Pierce, Florida. We had a citrus tree sprayer (trailer drawn blower) that
was powered by ... a VW engine.

"dave AKA vwdoc1" > wrote in message
...
> http://www.vw-industrial-engines.com....php?id=18&L=1
>
> http://www.mi-uk.com/vw-history/
> Volkswagen A.G. first began selling engines for industrial applications in
> Germany in 1952. They began with the air-cooled boxer engines which were
> used successfully in the following industries: Agriculture, Forestry,
> Mining, Marine, Ground Handling, Municipal, Fire-fighting, Construction,
> Military, Leisure, Power generation, communications...the list goes on.
>
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswa..._cooled_engine
> In 1967-68, portable sawmill maker, Mighty Mite of Portland, OR., used VW
> gasoline engines to power the circular saw blades of light sawmills. Later
> as the US market for VW Beetles declined, the sawmill was modified for
> other power.
>
>
>
>
> "P.J.Berg" > wrote in message
> news
>> On Fri, 06 Feb 2009 14:29:07 +0100, John J > wrote:
>>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Feb 5, 4:18 pm, Speedy Jim > wrote:
>>>
>>>> I'm just a poor old hillbilly.
>>>> Could hook 1 up to my tractor's pto but damn I would hate to run up
>>>> the
>>>> hours on my john deere.
>>>
>>> Will have to find the picture of the PTO I had on a 1956
>>> Harley-Davidson.

>>
>> I have seen a couple of the original VW Industrial engines as fire pump
>> units, complete with magneto ignition. Comes a a very small trailer.
>> I also think I vaguely remember seeing an original VW Generator setup,
>> the one thing I have never seen in the flesh are the VW Air compressors.
>> And yes, I know some where based on the Porsche 356 engine.
>> J.
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  #22  
Old February 7th 09, 07:13 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
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We,d have a wide use for something down here in Aust. Upper half of East
Coast (Queeensland) is under flood water and bottom half ( New
SouthWales/Victoria) is dry and up to 120DegF!. Air Con in the south and
water pumping in the North.
John


  #23  
Old February 7th 09, 12:01 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
dave AKA vwdoc1[_2_]
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Take care down under!
I have just heard about the fires breaking out due to the record breaking
heatwave.

later,
One out of many daves


"John" > wrote in message
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> We,d have a wide use for something down here in Aust. Upper half of East
> Coast (Queeensland) is under flood water and bottom half ( New
> SouthWales/Victoria) is dry and up to 120DegF!. Air Con in the south and
> water pumping in the North.
> John
>



  #24  
Old February 8th 09, 01:56 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
John[_28_]
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Thanks, We are about 50 miles north of Sydney and 10 miles as the crow
flies from nearest fire but down Victoria entire towns/villages have ceased
to exist. More than a suspicion that a lot of the fires have been
deliberately lit making it worse. Bizarre when you look at Queensland(
north) and its up to 3 metres underwater.!


  #25  
Old February 8th 09, 02:06 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
Bob Hoover
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On Feb 5, 8:42*am, wrote:
> I wonder how that would work out ?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Works good.
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> Would it be able to run continously for days or possible weeks at a
> time ?

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Yes.

In fact, setting up a motor-generator is the easy part. The hard part
is managing your FUEL SUPPLY. That probably sounds a bit odd but when
you become your own power company you're going to find that storing
fuel is the biggest headache. This is largely because gasoline
doesn't store very well. It is brewed up & sold with the intention of
being used within THREE MONTHS OR LESS. If you want to store it for
more than three months you'll have to add special stabilizers to it.

If you're serious about an auxiliary power system you'll probably end
up using PROPANE. It can be stored for years without any problems.
Kits to convert most engines -- including VW's -- are available. In
seriously cold climates you generally have two tanks of fuel, a small
one that is kept above freezing and your big tank, which may hold 2000
gallons or more. That's because propane has a lot less energy than
gasoline; you'll have to burn more of it to get the same amount of
electricity. Once the engine is started with the 'warm' tank, the
exhaust from the engine is fed to the insulated cover over the big
tank, raising the temperature. (Why? Because propane needs quite a
bit of heat to change from a liquid to a gas.) Also, you will have a
'vaporizor' on the engine. Most of these are designed for water-
cooled engines; water from the head is fed through the vaporizor.
With a VW you generally use the ENGINE OIL as your source of
vaporization heat.

But yes, using a VW as an auxiliary power plant is a pretty smart
idea. Unlike most other systems, it doesn't have anything to
FREEZE :-)

-Bob Hoover
  #26  
Old February 8th 09, 03:12 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
Jan Andersson[_4_]
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Bob Hoover wrote:
> On Feb 5, 8:42 am, wrote:
>> I wonder how that would work out ?

> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Works good.
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Would it be able to run continously for days or possible weeks at a
>> time ?

> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Yes.
>
> In fact, setting up a motor-generator is the easy part. The hard part
> is managing your FUEL SUPPLY. That probably sounds a bit odd but when
> you become your own power company you're going to find that storing
> fuel is the biggest headache. This is largely because gasoline
> doesn't store very well. It is brewed up & sold with the intention of
> being used within THREE MONTHS OR LESS. If you want to store it for
> more than three months you'll have to add special stabilizers to it.


That's american fuel. LOL.
Fuel in Europe stays good for MUCH longer. You can park a car for a year
or two, and come back and fire it up like nothing. Lawnmowers,
chainsaws, etc. usually hibernate for over 6 months, and nobody I know
ever replaces the fuel in the beginning of the season. They start right
up with whatever is in the tank.

American gasoline smells different too. And when it gets old, it gets
that varnish smell to it and turns yellow. That doesn't happen in Finland..

Jan
  #27  
Old February 8th 09, 06:39 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
P.J.Berg[_3_]
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On Sun, 08 Feb 2009 16:12:30 +0100, Jan Andersson > wrote:

> Bob Hoover wrote:
>> On Feb 5, 8:42 am, wrote:
>>> I wonder how that would work out ?

>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Works good.
>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Would it be able to run continously for days or possible weeks at a
>>> time ?

>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Yes.
>> In fact, setting up a motor-generator is the easy part. The hard part
>> is managing your FUEL SUPPLY. That probably sounds a bit odd but when
>> you become your own power company you're going to find that storing
>> fuel is the biggest headache. This is largely because gasoline
>> doesn't store very well. It is brewed up & sold with the intention of
>> being used within THREE MONTHS OR LESS. If you want to store it for
>> more than three months you'll have to add special stabilizers to it.

>
> That's american fuel. LOL.
> Fuel in Europe stays good for MUCH longer. You can park a car for a year
> or two, and come back and fire it up like nothing. Lawnmowers,
> chainsaws, etc. usually hibernate for over 6 months, and nobody I know
> ever replaces the fuel in the beginning of the season. They start right
> up with whatever is in the tank.
>
> American gasoline smells different too. And when it gets old, it gets
> that varnish smell to it and turns yellow. That doesn't happen in
> Finland..
>
> Jan




It has been like the Yank fuel in Norway for some time now. That being said, it last a lot longer than the fuel companies 3 month warranty.

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Old February 10th 15, 03:12 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
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On Thursday, 5 February 2009 16:42:09 UTC, wrote:
> I wonder how that would work out ?
> Would it be able to run continously for days or possible weeks at a
> time ?
>
> After this latest ice storm I've decided I need some kind of generator
> that can power
> the entire farm for extend periods. We were able to power the house
> but not the
> well pump, electric fences and a few other things. We were ok but I
> missed that
> running water and a shower.
>
> The electric fences being on would have been a real good thing to but
> there were and
> still are so many trees down on the fence it was shorted out anyways.
>
> Randy


A Volkswagon 'beetle' engine generator set was recently bought by Drew Pritchard in the 'Salvage Hunters TV series (on Quest TV in UK) Drew bought it as he thought it was a genuine VW built bit of kit. Not so sure though, I think it was something 'made up' using a car engine. It was not running & from memory he paid about 300 for it. His wife was not taken with it when he got it back to his antiques emporium.
  #29  
Old February 28th 15, 05:19 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled
Robert Smits
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wrote:

> On Thursday, 5 February 2009 16:42:09 UTC, wrote:
>> I wonder how that would work out ?
>> Would it be able to run continously for days or possible weeks at a
>> time ?
>>
>> After this latest ice storm I've decided I need some kind of generator
>> that can power
>> the entire farm for extend periods. We were able to power the house
>> but not the
>> well pump, electric fences and a few other things. We were ok but I
>> missed that
>> running water and a shower.
>>
>> The electric fences being on would have been a real good thing to but
>> there were and
>> still are so many trees down on the fence it was shorted out anyways.
>>
>> Randy

>
> A Volkswagon 'beetle' engine generator set was recently bought by Drew
> Pritchard in the 'Salvage Hunters TV series (on Quest TV in UK) Drew
> bought it as he thought it was a genuine VW built bit of kit. Not so sure
> though, I think it was something 'made up' using a car engine. It was not
> running & from memory he paid about £300 for it. His wife was not taken
> with it when he got it back to his antiques emporium.



I remember when these were for sale...not made by Volkswagen, but they were
air-cooled of course, so you didn't have to worry about the coolant
freezing.
 




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