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Why Does That Truck Smell Like French Fries?

By Tankboy in Miscellaneous on Nov 19, 2007 4:00PM

We were visiting our mechanic at Gateway Auto this morning -- dropping off our own slightly ill vehicle -- and noticed a bright yellow 1967 Ford pickup truck in their lot. We commented upon how cool it looked, and the owner told us it was in to be converted to run on vegetable oil.

2007_11_veggie_oil.jpgYup, vegetable oil.

Basically, once they are done adding a new fuel tank and filter system, the owner of the truck will be able to pull up behind any fast food restaurant and fill 'er up. We've heard of these types of conversions in the past, but this is the first we've heard of a garage in Chicago performing the procedure.

We're pretty excited to hear about this development, especially since they claim the $2,000 conversion more or less pays for itself in about 10 months (and even less if you can get the restaurants to pay YOU to haul some of their used grease away in you car ... heh heh). We'll keep on top of this and check back in with some photos once the conversion gets under way.