I was looking for a nother woodgas wehicle for a few months now, l found a few pickups, badly underpowered Škodas or crazy expensive Dodges. So, l decided to go on a different road. A sedan.
Looked trugh some Volvos, a V6 Alfa Romeo, some 5cyl Audis and finaly decided for this:
A Mercedes-Benz E230 w124, 135hp, made in 1990.
It has a 4cyl 2.3l engine, weighs 1430kg, slow turning engine, 8 valves, metalic intake manifold, k jetronic fuel injection (the kind that JO has on his Rabbit).
As for the woodgas conversion. I plan to make a in the trunk gasifier. Now, first, let me clearyfy that the trunk is stock isolated from the driveing space. There is allso no plastic or other burnable material in, just good old metal.
The hotest part of the gasifier and cooler will be located under the trunk, in the muffer area. So will all the woodgas parts. The only thing in the trunk will be the hopper. This way, in case of a leak, only smoke can escape, wich can be detected fast.
A firewall, lots of insulation and a strong fan are a neccesery safety adition too. Plus a CO detector in the cab, just in case.
As for the type of the gasifier, l havent decided yet. Its still time to do so, as I slowly started from the front end to the back.
As for other things, l decided to go with a sort of sack filter for the gas filtration. In adition, there will be two cyclones in the engine compartment to expell condensed fogg out of the gas, and a mild reheat to further dry it before mixing with air. This way l hope to avoid some problems in the intake manifold&k-jetronic components.