I recently bought a 1983 Mercedes Benz 300D, with 327K miles and wanted to convert it to run on veggie oil. I know that these cars are built to last thats why I got an older one. I have some mechanical skills working on a older honda but never a diesel car.
I have a couple of concerns- first off when I start it up the exhaust blows smoke. Is this normal? (I have never owned a diesel car before) If not what can I do to help remedy this problem. Secondly this car doesn't have a whole lot of power when I start from a stop acceleration is slow even when I the put pedal to the floor. Does anyone out there have a similar model that they have converted to run on SVO and have seen improvements in performance?
For the biodiesel people out there: Do you recommend boiling the fuel tank to kill bacteria? Any other tips for set up for this vehicle would be appreciated.