80 Series on LPG

Submitted: Friday, May 20, 2005 at 22:15
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I have a 98 model 80 series 4.5lt Auto with 13000k on it. Given current fuel costs i am considering an LPG conversion.
I would appreciate some feedback from anyone running an 80 series on lpg.

We are soon to do a trip through QLD and across the west so feedback on availability would also be good. We dont plan to go any werereaaly remote.

I reckon i will keep the vehicle for another 4 years.

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Reply By: Member - Dave H (VIC) - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 22:22

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 22:22
Have had my 94 landcruiser on gas for 4 years without a fault. Only disadvantage is you can't get gas in the outback so you have to use petrol. Also it runs better on gas and starts better every time.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 23:11

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 23:11
Smally ,by the time you fit gas now on a 7yr old vehicle that you plan to keep for another 4yrs you will NOT recoup the costs involved , would probably be a better proposition to trade for a diesel /turbo ,,,,,
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:45

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:45
I would go for it, IF you are willing to get a descent system and fitter to fit it....you will not have a problem if thats the case....however, its hard to justify doing if you intend to sell it after that...your better off buying some gov bonds for 4 years.
This is a minimum of what you will need....wheel carrier, larger rear springs, lube flash oil system for the valves (this is a must...dont have it done without this) check valve adjustment every 40000kms and adjust if out...$$$$....more expensive roadworthy ticket, more tuneups (gas must be checked regularly)
Up side is more enviromentally friendly, longer range, easier to sell in 4 years, dependant on kms travelled each year, might actually be affordable to run....etc etc
Hope this is food for thought...
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Follow Up By: Ray Bates - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:16

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:16
Hi I have a 94 80 LPG. but I did not fit a spare wheel carrier. I don't like them and I doubt if I could lift the spare wheel there anyrate. I built a false floor in the back where the spare is kept. It also serves as storage space for all my tools and other gear.
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Reply By: Steve - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:35

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:35
4 years to get yer money back????? Yep, if you only do 5,000 a year. Should be less than 18 months if you do average mileage. Valve savers are no longer needed with today's improved systems. My mechanic no longer installs so has the knowledge without a vested interest. You will use 15-20% more fuel, but do the sums and you'll find you're still getting half-price fuel because lpg is 40% of the cost of ulp making up for the shortfall in fuel consumption, thus giving net outlay of about 50% saving. I've recently had the op on my 6 cyl 100 series and I'm burning just under 20% more fuel. There can be other costs like servicing and rego, but they're minimal. As for the spare wheel carrier, you don't have to do it. I built a false floor in the back from particle board, put some carpet over it. Nice job. It does raise the floor quite a bit and you're best getting a cargo barrier(which is a good idea anyway) and chuck the spare in the back. It's nice to put just over 90 litres in for $35 (42.9 less 4c Coles docket) There's basically 2 types of tank. Whereabouts are you?
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:41

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:41
I have a 94 L/C Auto with air which I bought in 1996 with 77000k's on clock.

Cost to install gas then was $1800 and I had a wheel carrier fitted as well (forget the cost).
Sold the sub tank for $125 to 4WD wreckers .
Have now done 186000k's and though I had some problems recently with consumption, after taking it to Torguegas at Caloundra ( Ph 1800801120) vehicle is now running well and consumption back to normal. Problem was with tuning which was identified when Torguegas did a dynotune.
If you are anywhere near Caloundra it is definitely worth the drive to discuss.
Cost now for a 90litre tank is around $2300, and Ron at Torguegas has the figures to show the payback time. He has been in the game for around 28 years.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:26

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:26
Forgot to mention I am off to broome in July via Mt. Isa / Katherine and LPG is available every 2/300k's on the highways.

Contacted Caltex,Kleenheat and BP and they sent a book on their outlets to me.
Also got a print out from www.mobil.ai.index.asp and www.unigas.com.au

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Reply By: Steve - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:45

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:45
have a look at www.justcruisin.bigpondhosting.com/ by Mick and Sally. Amongst other stuff, there's a full report on their refuelling on their "Big One" trip which gives locations, dates & price of ulp/diesel/lpg. It's not as scarce as we're led to believe although a couple of times it wasn't available and they obviously had to make do with ulp. click on "Big One" then scroll down to "Fuel prices". Also, interesting that they did eventually go over to diesel but their vehicle was a 4.2 Patrol.
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Follow Up By: gqpat - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 21:16

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 21:16
IF your in VIC give Lakeside Auto a call they are fantastic with gas and use impco systems not cheap italian gear will quote over the phone on most cases and quality of work is second to none 9460-5630
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