Finnish politician converts 1987 El Camino to run on wood gas
A Finnish politician by the name of Juha Sipila has converted his U.S.-built 1987 Chevrolet El Camino to run on wood gas, and we have an El Camino to rival Daryl Hannah's old biodiesel ride.
Sipila's El Camino, dubbed El Kamina (The Stove), features a wood gas setup – similar to the ones used in Europe during World War II – that consumes nearly half of the truck's bed. The El Kamina's 400-cubic-inch Chevy V8 engine can propel the 4,400-pound truck to 125 miles per hour and its bed can haul up to 175 pounds of wood, enough fuel for the truck to travel up to 800 miles.
Juha, a parliamentary candidate, seems to firmly believe that homegrown biofuels can reduce his country's dependence on oil and that's one of the reasons behind his conversion. Plus, if he's within 800 miles of some fallen timber, then running out of fuel isn't likely to be a problem. Hit the jump to see the tree branch-burning El Camino in action.
The Ranger was introduced in mid-1982 for the 1983 model year and had an available 4-cylinder 59 hp 2.2 L Mazda/Perkins diesel. In 1985, a Mitsubishi-built 2.3 L turbodiesel with 86 hp replaced the Mazda diesel engine. The diesels were no longer an option after 1987. These Rangers are rare now, but a few seem to be showing up now on ebay and other classifieds (2008) likely due to the high gas prices and need for better fuel economy.
Personally Ford can ---- off. If they built another mini-truck that was diesel powered you know damn good and well it'd look like this piece of eruo trash garbage:
I would totally buy a little Toyota or Mitsu pickup if it had a 2.5ish liter turbo diesel.
A compact diesel pickup in the US will probably not be a reality (again) any time in the near future, for the same reason that they failed in the 80s. As Fooger has noted, most Americanadians who think they need a pickup truck in the first place seem to also think they need a large pickup with a massive engine.
The ones who realize that they can easily rent a large truck for the few times a year that they actually need one also realize that this means they don't need to own any pickup truck at all.
Some folks appear to have short memories, but 25 years ago we had plenty of cheap, reliable, compact diesel pickup trucks in the US:
If Honda wanted to, they could give this treatment to the current-generation Civic diesel. For that matter, VW could build another one on the Jetta diesel platform. But they won't, because North Americans have already voted with their pocketbooks.