Right, I have a New Project well underway. Five or six years ago I built my first woodgasser with the indispensable help of Mike La Rosa and others on the yahoo forum including Max Gasman. That rig was an '78 Mitsubishi four cylinder pickup which had a carb until it melted. After removing the melted carb from the intake manifold, we (my son and I) built, from the verbal description, a Max Gasman gas mixer. When I built my next rig, the Prehistoric Van, with an old 351 Ford carbureted engine, I used that same mixer mounted NEXT to carb using only ONE gas peddle.
While I was still running that van I bought Wayne’s book, and it changed my life! After a few thousand miles more on the Prehistoric Van, I finally got everything rigged up in a ‘91 Dakota and I was stylin’ on woodgas!
I don’t know just why, but it actually got boring driving up and down the highway every day with little or no trouble and never stopping for gasoline. I knew something was wrong!!! Last July, I went to a Rat Rod car show in town. There were a bunch of guys who actually liked little, rusty, old pickups! The only hitch was that they all had to have a big engine in 'em. Now that made a connection with me.
So I got to work and found a little, old, rusty '46 Chevy truck. I thought I would put the cab on my Dakota, but that wasn’t going to happen. So I took the cab and box off the old Mitsubishi, and mounted a 350 Chevy carbed engine in there. Then bolted the rusty Chevy cab on there and took it for a spin on petrol. Now, there was a little truck with a big engine! Just right for woodgas.
This winter I’ve been getting all the woodgas components built and set in place. The Woodrat is parked in my wood shed with a plastic extension out the door. But I’ve got the chrome headers,and the dual exhaust tacked up to a sweet heat exchanger, and a fancy new copper cooler, and a refurbished cyclone… And even a brand new Max Gasman gas mixer where the four barrel carb used to be. Wait 'til you see it. I’ve got some pictures on my phone. I’m hoping to get her going for the Rat Rod show in July.