Featured Project of the Month for May 2015 is Don’s Geo Tracker. Don has taken the standard WK design and shoehorned it into a tiny pacakge - small enough to fit in the “pickup bed” he created in the back of his Tracker.
Don’s first post about the Tracker, July 2014:
I am getting really close to Driving On Wood with my unconventional WK gasifier project and have been getting some really strong hints to come clean with what I have been up to.so I thought it was time to show what I have been doing. This morning I did a walk around video of my Geo Tracker project. You can see it here
I have lots of pictures of various stages of the build that I will be posting later.
By September, Don was really enjoying the Tracker.
I went for my weekly ride tonight. In the dark this time. Last week I manually advanced the distributor after the engine was warmed up and running on wood. The engine was idling when I turned the dist. and the rpm’s increased by maybe 50 rpm’s but I could not really tell much difference in acceleration or power. This week I left the distributor at the gasoline setting and the acceleration and power was very acceptable. I was even able to go 65 mph on a flat stretch of road for a mile or so until I had to slow down for a stop sign. The tach read 3400 rpm at 65 mph and that little engine purred like a kitten. Outside temp was about 51 deg. F for this run and when I got back to the shop I right away walked around and felt the drop box and rail heat exchanger boxes and was surprised to be able to hold my hands on them anywhere.The grate temp was 1346 F when I shut the engine off and the hopper temp was 186 F. I don’t know where all the heat is going but this thing sure runs cool. After shut down the hopper temps slowly came up to about 210 and the gasifier housing also got very warm to the touch. The filter barrel also was cool to the touch the whole time.
[Premium members can view the full build thread here: http://forum.driveonwood.com/t/dons-1995-geo-tracker-project/1191]
Don, if you could update us on the status of your Tracker, maybe post some new photos and a video below, we’d be grateful. Great work on this project!