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So why on Earth would someone want to run propane in their vehicle, when it runs just fine with good old fashioned gasoline? There I had several reasons for doing it. Here are the pros and cons to think about, before making a decision to go propane:


It burns much cleaner than gas. No carbon buildup inside your engine. After 5,000 miles, your oil will still look new! A propane powered vehicle will run at almost ANY angle. It will run better than a fuel injected vehicle at an extreme angle, because the fuel injected vehicle will die shortly after the fuel pickup in the tank looses fuel. The propane vehicle will run much longer thanks to being a pressurized system. It does however have a fuel pick up at the bottom of the tank, so eventually it will quit running. A propane system is very simple. Virtually no moving parts, and no computer/electroics to mess with, like fuel injection. No fuel pump, even A 103 "pump" octane rating


Propane is not as readily available as gas, although due to the increase in recreation of all types propane is fast becoming more readily avalible everywhere. If you live in extremely cold environments (10 degrees F or below) you may need a block heater. Not everyone runs propane, so you better have enough fuel! You need to learn how to tune it, since no one else will know how to!

4 Basic Parts To A Propane System.

  1. The tank(pressure vessel). You want a good, NEW tank,or one with no rust pitts deeper than .025". The tank MUST be ASME approved with the clover stamp clearly visible and have the following: a pressure relief valve,filler valve,bleeder valve(liquid level gauge), a manual shutoff valve,and a fuel level gauge(visual) along with a vapor outlet and a liquid outlet. Automotive propane tanks are very heavy duty, since tank pressures vary from 40 to as high as 275PSI, depending on ambiant/fuel temp.
  2. The Fuel Lock: These valves operate by vacuum, engine oil pressure or electrical solenoid.
  3. The Vaporizer/Regulator: Also called a converter this little part converts high pressure liquid propane into low pressure vapor.
  4. The Carburetor: This is a very simple carburetor that mixes air and fuel into the engine. There are three basic types: air valve mixer,the venturi principal mixer,and the mechanical metering mixer.