I live in Orange County, California, and for years, I have wanted to convert a car to run on used vegetable oil. I am an aerospace technician and engineering student, so I see this as more of a fun project than a way to save money on fuel.
I have started shopping for a Mercedes 300D, and I have done some reading about the equipment needed to filter the oil and remove any water content. Building the filtration system looks even more interesting than converting the car.
My concern is this: will I be able to reliably obtain vegetable oil to run my car? I know I could run it on diesel, but that would defeat the purpose of the whole project. It sounds like WVO sources are pretty locked down all over the place. If the original sources are all tied up with contracts, can I get WVO, filtered or unfiltered, from other collectors?
If you are in the southern California area, and you are currently operating a WVO vehicle, can you email me or reply here? If scavenging for WVO is the hardest part of this project, I may have second thoughts. The main focus of my project is to engineer a reliable pickup/filtration/storage/dispensing system that minimizes the mess usually associated with privately owned WVO vehicles.