Gull WA Biodiesel

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:26
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Thinking off trying this fuel in an early 90's 1hz diesel. Anyone got any positive / negative experiences with this fuel?
Any problems with Filters / performance / seals etc
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 00:42

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 00:42
Hi there Skid

It's a constant point of discussion here, shall we say ... take a look at recent posts 34696 and 34943.

Expect to replace your fuel filter after first tank or two.

Check that there is no natural rubber in the fuel system (I don't think so in a 1HZ)

and get ready to smell great and run smoothly.

Gull should provide you some good consumer advice too.

Ciao for now
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Reply By: revhead307 - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 01:00

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 01:00
Gulls offering in WA is only B20 (20% blend biodiesel)

I've run a number of tanks, and its cut the smoke from the GQ so i cant see it in the passenger mirror any more lol.

All up happy so far, but wishing they would bring out a 100% blend.


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Reply By: fisho64 - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 01:25

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 01:25
at 20% the "natural rubber" issue is would only be an issue if your seals/hoses were so borderline that they were about to s..t anyway. Ditto fuel filters.
Ive used it since it came out in early 90's hilux, un-noticable change other than the 3 or 4 cents a litre, and use it on principle anyway.

SUPPORT INDEPENDANTS, before they are extinct
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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:53

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:53
Must agree, I and several others I know have been running it for a few months now. No negatives noticed, engine runs quieter and smoother (good level of cetane and lubricating properties??) and smokes a little less.

Your mates may give you a hard time over the two way-"2 bucks chips and a peice of whiting thanks....." LOL

As others have said, its great to use just in principle. I havent had any issues with filters from using Gull, although at xmas I used the SAFF bio blend on a couple of occasions and went through a couple of fuel filters. I cannot say wether it was due to the bio or sub standard fuel on the nullabour and in SA in general!! (duck, or should that be crow??)

The savings are great too. I buy mine from Gingers, they advertise normal diesel on the sign (for trucks etc), so when you get to the bowser and see that it is 3-4 c cheaper, it is always a pleasant surprise.

As previously posted, if you have issues with rubber and the such, they are proberly nearing replacement anyway. Good luck and do your bit for the environment.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 09:25

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 09:25
Hiya Ro-dah-o,

The Biodiesel is a very good solvent and cleans out the accumulated deposits of many years of fossil fuel use in your fuel system. The sediment in your filter doesn't come directly from the Biodiesel.

Usually means you replace the fuel filter after the first few tanks and that is the last you see of it, although after some extreme heat running (14 hours non-stop driving in 43 degrees C) I had more sediment in the fuel filter.

Even B20 can have this effect.

Ciao for now
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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 10:16

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 10:16
Thanks for that, I was a little unsure haw much effect BD20 would have. Perhaps the Biod I used at xmas did the cleaning, hence no problems of late with filters.

Its always good to learn more about renewable fuels and energies, as it seems to be where the world is heading.
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Reply By: Doggy Tease - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 19:13

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 19:13
I've been using the B20 for ages. Lorie's fuel in Kelmscot sell it.
No problems in the truck-Cat 425,,, or the patrol-ZD30.


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Reply By: Member - Karl - Sunday, Jun 25, 2006 at 12:07

Sunday, Jun 25, 2006 at 12:07
Been buying mine from Gull Warnbro for my '91 80 Series - it seems to be going great.

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