Hey y'all, I will not be there at the meet up event, but hope to be working on my project some over the weekend while you guys are there having the time of your life.
Could all of you that show up with dual fuel capable vehicles consider taking a road trip to a nearby drag strip ? There's two places to go within a 50 mile raduis.
The Woodgas vs Pumpgas Showdown !
We know that gassers are not really race car drivers (well, Mr.Keith is...) but think of the different combinations of gassifier designs (some may even be identical) and vehicle weights and gear ratios and other variations all that will be at the meet and consider this an opportunity to do some benchmarking of your build against its self on pump gas.
You could have a competition for "personal best against petrol" where the build with the highest performance against gasoline wins bragging rights for a year.
This way, the race is not against each other, but rather your gassifier against the petrol from the pump.
To keep things scientific, you will need to find someplace to weigh your ride with you in it. With a timed run over distance like 1/8th or 1/4 mile, you can use the weight to calculate an average horsepower.
Just try to drive it the same way on woodgas and on gasoline if possible ... like floor it and let the tranny shift when it wants to for uniformity (no power braking, neutral drops, popping the clutch or other stuff I broke my Daddys car doing). If you all save your time slips and share the results, we could all learn something from these benchmark runs.
Additional information like transmission type , 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear ratios, rear end ratio, tire size, gassifier system specs and any engine mods could be collected and compiled when you get back home to build some kind of database that could show areas to explore for better performance on woodgas....
If interested, give the tracks a call and see if they are open for a "run what you brung" or "street car" race day during the meet up.
Osceola Dragway (~40 miles north)
1/4 Mile Ruth Chizum
56328 Ash Road
Osceola, IN 46561 Track: 574-674-8400
Bunker Bill Dragstrip (~50 miles away)
1/8 Mile NHRA Div. 3
Bunker Hill, Ind (765) 689-8248
No Limit Raceway (formerly U.S. 41 Dragway) (~90 miles away)
2695 W 50 S
Morocco, IN 47963 Ken Reed 219-808-9474
P.S. I can make the calls if you like.
The tracks I have been to require the use of a helment (like a motorcycle helment) so it would be good to bring one if you have one.