• Feb 10, 2006
Attendees at the 2006 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego, California, U.S., joined singer and biodiesel advocate Willie Nelson in surprise when he received the “Willie’s Willys”, a biodiesel-powered recreation of a 1941 Willys pickup truck (pictured). The Institute of Ecolonomics and Ecosense Solutions made the presentation.

Each Willie Willys is powered by a 6.5-litre, twin-turbo diesel engine with the production version generating 350 horsepower. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. The truck has spark plugs, unusual for a diesel engine, which the designers state will help reduce particulate emissions. Tests indicated the truck should average thirty-eight miles per gallon.

And, of course, it runs on pure biodiesel.

While the frame is made of conventional stainless steel and the truck bed is oak, the body is made of a soy-based resin.

Each limited-edition Willie Willys costs $97,000.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Spark plugs?

      700 hp?

      38 mpg?

      This sounds like utter B.S.
      Pol Pot Pie
      • 9 Years Ago
      "he drives a Mercedes-Benz E-Class diesel sedan powered 100 percent by diesel."

      As opposed to what? Pineapple Juice? Moonshine?

      Wow, Willy's really special, running a diesel car on diesel fuel. What will they think of next?
      • 9 Years Ago
      oops, i meant for my message to be directed to #4, with a nod to #5.
      • 9 Years Ago
      biodiesel gets up to 30% more HP over regular diesel... i could ave it wrong it could be 30 more HP but i believe it is 30%
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, Willy's really special, running a diesel car on diesel fuel. What will they think of next?

      BIODIESEL... fuel created using vegtable oil, not petroleum... less emitions, longer lasting engine, non toxic... read before you post....

      for more info www.biodiesel.com (no affiliation just a huge fan)
      • 9 Years Ago
      "6.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 by AM General"
      ...
      "After computerized testing of the engine, Gehrke estimates a combined 38 miles to the gallon, when driven conservatively."

      Twinturbo, 6.5l, 38 mpg. Sure. From a computerizes test? So it's never been actually driven?

      Maybe driving conservatively involves using the engine for 5 miles and then pushing for the next 33 miles...
      • 9 Years Ago
      That thing gives me the willies;-).
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just think the PR Nelson generates with this, (good or bad) is great for biodiesel, the environment and American independence from foreign oil. But I'll save those comments for a political blog. :-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Except he did read.

      TFA had it wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just a thought, but some of Vinny's comments are a little misguided.

      Everything said was true up until this:

      "No spot for the Distributor(Which delivers the Spark) to go."

      This is not quite true, 6.2L and 6.5L diesels from AM General, General Motors or Detroit Diesel are loosely based on gasoline engines; the blocks are different materials but the milling points are the same. In place of a distributor some engines have a vacuum pump to supplement normal gasoline engine vacuum. In either case, there needs to be something there to drive the oil pump. So yes, there is a place if anyone ever found a need for a distributor.

      Another thought; maybe the aforementioned "spark plugs" are nothing more than part of the emissions reduction system? Combusting unburnt fuel, no one ever said the spark plugs were IN the engine. And for that all one would need is a simple oscillator circuit with a high voltage coil.

      "The motor is 114hp stock."

      Also not quite true, a stock 6.2L on a good day will produce 130HP and a 6.5L Turbo will produce 150-170HP

      While this articles title of "700 ponies" is a bit misleading, I believe one of these engines could achieve 350HP, possibly not at that fuel economy estimate. The real question is how long would it last? These engines are classified as light-duty diesels; they have a hard time not shaking themselves apart from the factory.

      -Alex
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey guys, the volkswagen tdi gets over 40 mpg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      is there any more info on this car/truck, i own a chevy nova from 1977 and i have put an 6.5 litre diesel in it with an 4l80e transmission i the summer i run on biodiesel i cat about 32 mpg, when i have a bigger exaust and smaller precups in the head, i can cet maby 38 mpg

      arjan kolkman from the netherlands.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hi Arjan, saw your video on the diesel page and would like to know more about your diesel projects, gmc6.2diesel at hot mail dot com, thanks.

        Thomas
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