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Re: Propane injection for diesel engines?

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01-29-2004 18:32:06

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There was an article about this in an old Farm Show Magazine, volume 1, number 1, page 9 (it's from 1977). The article claims 20 to 25% more power, 15 to 20% less fuel consumption, less engine maintenance, and 2 to 10 times longer engine life. Supposedly, the engine oil stays very clean, almost like on an LP engine. The company was Acme Carburetion of Mankato, MN, and their kit was called the Red Rooster.

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01-29-2004 18:45:03

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 Re: Re: Propane injection for diesel engines? in reply to Jim, 01-29-2004 18:32:06  
I have used the Red Rooster propane injector on a tractor for 25 years and later on a combine. They work very well and as long as you limit the increase to 25% you will do no damage to the engine. Some of the pickup units claim as much as 60% gain,but in my (and red roosters)opinion, thats way too much to be safe. Yes, it is true,in my experience, the oil stays clean longer and you use less gallons total than running on diesel only. The engine runs much quieter,the diesel rattle is gone,sounds like a gas engine. One thing that I do not understand is why the combine engine runs cooler inspite of producing more power with the propane injector on. The Red Rooster system uses a 2 stage regulator and venturi valve which will not overfuel the engine as it lugs down,unlike the crude systems that do not use a regulator.

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