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The oldest car on display at the AFVI Expo in Las Vegas this week was the Gasser, which started life as a 1933 Ford Roadster. For the last eight months, the team at Daytech Auto, led by Wayne Day, has been working on making this car run solely on compressed natural gas. With about $125,000-150,000 invested so far, the car is finally getting close to ready. One item still on the to-do list: tweaking the ABS brakes.

Pretty much everything in the Gasser has been upgraded to meet the car's slogan of "hugging trees and hauling ass." The CNG drivetrain is made up of a LS-7 7-liter V8 engine (used in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06) "that's been torn down to the nuts and bolts and purpose built for CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) with new rings, valves and seats, and a host of other goodies." The CNG tanks come from Luxfer, which brought the car to AFVI, and can hold the equivalent of 10.5 gallons of gas and provide a 200-mile range. The system puts out just under 700 horsepower and can get around 30 miles per gallon equivalent. If you just did the math of 10.5 gallons and 200 mile range and got, oh, around 20 mpge, well, that's because you're not driving it like a hot rod when you get 30 mpge. By burning CNG and sticking a catalytic converter in each exhaust pipe, the Gasser meets Tier II Bin 5 emission standards. Day, who's been involved with CNG for around eight years, told AutoblogGreen he believes, "This is the next step in hot rods."



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool concept. Companies that keep highlighting the performance aspects of alternative energy vehicles will just get more people excited and on board with the idea.

      It's a win for everyone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1.. i am all for injecting testosterone into alternative energy and removing some 'end of the world' scare at the same time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so not green
      natural gas is also a fossil fuel. in a 7liter V8?
      that's stupid enough that even Chip Foose might stop to wonder if it's green. that's right I went there
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing is green to you. We already know this. You repeat yourself every post that autoblog makes.

        Get over it, stop trolling
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pedantic, sure the local environment around natural gas burning is more pleasant. but it's the fossil co2 that's the big issue and in that regard it's still like rape but using a condom. it's still not quite ok, you know : )
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are degrees of greenness. I agree that natural gas merely kicks the can halfway down the road, but there are many advantages:
        1) It actually is pretty clean, when compared to gasoline or diesel.
        2) Lower CO2 emissions per energy released
        3) It's a predominantly domestic energy source, so if you believe that the wars in the middle east are really about energy, and aren't so good for the environment, than natural gas is both a political and environmental win.
        4) If your house already uses natural gas for heating/hot-water, then you can cut out most trips to the gas station, thereby driving fewer miles.

        That said, I'm personally holding out for the electric version and hoping to put PV panels on my house to make up for the difference. I'd better get back to work and start earning some of the money I'll need....
        • 5 Years Ago
        electric cars are green neptronix. you are the troll.
        • 5 Years Ago
        being righteous is not a popularity contest. I contribute brilliant sanity here. people who are products of a thoughtless world find that offensive. it's to be expected. to blame me for it is... not so impressive
        • 5 Years Ago
        I knew you were going to say that.

        Well, keep posting the way you do then. It'll give me more material to send to autoblog's admins to get you banned for trolling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Using Christianity in your arguments is really annoying, so i'm fine with it
        • 5 Years Ago
        Trolling is intentionally stirring up a negative response on the internet for fun.

        Whether or not you get some perverse enjoyment out of it,
        You do it at least once per autobloggreen thread.

        Your attitude on this forum is not good, and being that 90% of your posts are rated down to 1/2 stars, i am thinking the majority of people here are annoyed with you and you're not really contributing to the community here, rather being a sore spot.

        Please cut it out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        neptronix, u sure you want the judas role?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Day, who's been involved with CNG for around eight years, told AutoblogGreen he believes, "This is the next step in hot rods.""

      He should try an EV conversion of a hot rod and see how he feels about that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a nice idea and all.... but the sweet, nasty sounds of an internal combustion motor are pretty much 1/2 the package when it comes to hot rods.

        An EV 'rod would be like slayer putting out a pop-punk album.

        I think you can have your cake and eat it too with CNG/LPG. Emissions are so low that you'd happily cook your food with it for hours.. :p
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is that color? That is Awesome. is that a PPG color? Thanks,
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's been a dream of mine to build my project car, a 1967 El Camino, into a CNG car! Look, we're always going to love our muscle cars, why not make them earth healthy. Mr. Day seems to have hit the nail on the head in my book! Steve Solo
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a 7 liter V8 running on fossil fuel. the only win is for stupidity.
      electric drive can have plenty of performance.
      this is just not a green car. it's green painting :)
      this is a piece of shit dumbass massively polluting garbage heap. to put it bluntly : )

      I mean how easy are you people to fool?
      it's a 7 liter V8 running on fossil fuel... say that a few times : )
        • 5 Years Ago
        How much electricity is produced in this country without coal or natural gas?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're a garbage heap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How much electricity is produced in this country without coal or natural gas?

        Here's an answer to that question that actually means something:
        https://publicaffairs.llnl.gov/news/energy/energy.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        right now cars drive on oil. but does that mean that can't change either?
        think a little
        • 5 Years Ago
        Biomethane from garbage heaps can be used to fuel CNG vehicles. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      And if you drive it poorly you can hug trees while hauling ass... not recommended.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dan, What type of vehicle do you currently drive?
      harlanx6
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dan, I have seen the picture and that car is green! It still burns carbon, and that makes it evil, right Dan?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I shot the Gasser at the Alt Fuel conference this week. There are two catalytic converters in each sidepipe. Here's a bit more detail, with a video:

      http://www.mpgomatic.com/2010/05/14/the-gasser-wild-cng-33-hot-rod/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh, wow. certainly legit, then. I didn't even know catalytic convertors were applicable to lpg/cng cars.
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