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  • Ethanol Conversion Untruths, Misinformation and Negative Overstatement 0 comments
    May 25, 2009 2:38 PM

    Ethanol Untruths, Misinformation and Negative Overstatement : One Example PBS' Motor Week E85 Conversion Story



    SEE ALSO: Cash For Clunkers - An Idea But Not a Solution

    By Bob Gordon
    President and Co-publisher
    The Auto Channel

    There are a growing number of automotive aftermarket companies offering E85 Flex-fuel conversion kits for many of the U.S.’s 192 million EFI equipped cars and trucks. Vehicles that if converted to run on Ethanol would save American drivers billions of dollars each year and stop our support of the Oil Cartel that has been strangling our country for the past 50 years while also making Mother Earth a lot happier.

    So what’s the problem you ask.

    There seems to be a concerted campaign to slow up or prevent the support of converting existing gasoline powered vehicles into cars and trucks that run on Ethanol. The next generation Ethanol made from U.S. farmer grown switchgrass or as most of us know it as plain old hay. We believe that E85 could be our best stopgap in the, must happen, move away from gasoline powered vehicles into a EV-Motoring sustainable future.

    As a good example of misinformation,some of you may have watched Pat Goss the in house mechanic and “expert” on Motor Week, the long running PBS TV car show and pass on what we have now discovered is just GM propaganda.(See Complete Story Below)

    The premise of the Motor Week story was to illustrate the enormity of a Flex Fuel retrofit conversion of a GM/Chevy’s 5.3L engine & fuel system, an engine availabel as both a gasoline and flex fuel version to power the Tahoe, Silverado and Suburban would be. The jist of the story was to show how different most of the main parts of the Flex Fuel version was from the gasoline powered version.

    Well what was shown and discussed just wasn't accurate or even true!

    Just today I have been made aware of a presentation that the Ohio BioSystems Cooperative has put together to show some of the misconceptions and untruths about E85 can hurt our nation.

    A section in the Ohio BioSystems presentation contains side by side part numbers for both the Flex Fuel and Gasoline versions of the 5.3L engine, they show a comparison of the part numbers of these OE parts as listed in the GM inventory... and folks, over 85% carry the SAME PART NUMBER for both the gasoline powered version and Flex Fuel Version…85% are the exact same part.

    Below you will can see the parts, which are linked to the appropriate page in the Ohio BioSystems presentation, the red highlights show the part numbers that are different but in fact may be the exact same part.

    Fuel Caps, Fuel Pump, Fuel Tank(Plastic), Vapor Canister, Fuel Tank Sender, Fuel Filler Hose, Fuel Rail, Engine Control Module, Intake Valve, Exhaust Valve, Piston Rings, Intake Manifold Gasket, Intake Valve Seal.

    As you saw, over 85% of the part numbers were EXACTLY THE SAME, leading to our conclusion that maybe the conversion of certrain gasoline engines to flex fuel is rally not such a big deal...its the only way to take our exisiting fleet and make it green and fuzzy.

    The Motor Week misinformation example is just an easy one for me to point to,(and I like easy) but there are many, many others.

    I have talked with manufactures of Ethanol conversion kits and other bright smart engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs who want to do what’s right for their customers, our country and the ecology and instead of getting support and encouragement from our government they are getting roadblocks from the EPA…roadblocks, while our nation is losing our most precious asset, our children in the defense of our need for oil to power our cars and trucks to maintain the freedom of mobility that our country is proud of...road blocks, huh?

    You can read the complete presentation here for your self (but don't forget the Rolaids and your anger control breathing):

    Let me know what you think; bgordon@theautochannel...


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