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Diesel Metro Conversion
Topic Started: Oct 17 2008, 08:00 PM (10,371 Views)
Johnny Mullet
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Kim John Mu

A member over at Ecomodder.com swapped in a 900cc Kubota 905 3 cylinder 24 hp diesel engine a Geo Metro Convertible. He is currently working out the details of his project and you can read more about it HERE.

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Will
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Victory is mine!!!!

It will be neat to find out what his final result is. I wonder if he will hit 100 mpg.
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kimmer6
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Will
Oct 17 2008, 11:49 PM
It will be neat to find out what his final result is. I wonder if he will hit 100 mpg.
It looks promising...But now there is a distinct governor problem. Don't forget, this is a tractor/generator engine and was not made for automotive use. I have a spare engine partially disassembled and will carefully remove the governor for exploratory surgery. I am most interested to see if it has any advance mechanism like VW and Mercedes diesels used. I can tell right away that the mileage will be quite high. It ran 90 miles so far going from 3/4 tank to 5/8 tank (1/8 tank difference). I usually see that in 42 miles or so with the gas engine.

I am removing the diesel to put in a 5 speed from a 94 Swift as it is the tallest gearing available. The car ran at 65mph, no rpm left! At the same time I will go thru the injection system and governor. It was nice while it lasted but the only down side so far is excessive black smoke. In the mean time I will work on my other Metro. I just put in the XFI cam and will do the high mileage mods. This is my every day driver....Kim
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Johnny Mullet
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Welcome to the site :cheers

Looking forward to the updates on this project. I also chimed in on the XFi thread ;)
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metrojoe
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smokin'

yes welcome kim :)

please be sure to let us know how the diesel project goes.
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Johnny Mullet
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I have not heard anything new from Kim. I wonder how this project went?
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Ambitious and noble project. This could be a candidate for the automotive X prize - for the first car that can do 100 mpg.

http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/press-release/x-prize-foundation-progressive-insurance-join-forces-to-officially-announce-the-1

Can't wait to see how this project develops. Maybe Kimmer will be a millionaire by summer!

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Will
Oct 17 2008, 11:49 PM
It was nice while it lasted but the only down side so far is excessive black smoke. In the mean time I will work on my other Metro. I just put in the XFI cam and will do the high mileage mods. This is my every day driver....Kim
Excessive black smoke from a diesel is unburnt fuel. Too rich, too much load. Like a lower gear or forced induction is needed.

I wonder if it will tollerate the ultra low sulfur diesel on the market?
Edited by Cobb, Feb 9 2009, 11:56 PM.
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There was a university in the U.S. which installed a 3 cyl. diesel into a Metro some years ago - and I believe it hit 90+ mpg on a test track. Info. on the net somewhere.

Another neat conversion was someone who installed a motorcycle engine into a Metro - and on the net somewhere is the in-car video of that vehicle being driven as well as detailed photos of the setup.

cheers,
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Cobb


I love those u tube videos where people put a hyboosta motor cycle engine into a smart, wwwweeeeee....
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oscarcool
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There is a Diesel Geo Metro on eBay right now with a One-Cylinder hyperefficient direct injection engine. Maybe it would get 200 miles per gallon at slow speed.... I don't know.
Edited by oscarcool, Apr 25 2009, 11:45 AM.
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