What’s this blog all about?
It’s about creation, recycling and lots of coffee.
I’m blogging on my efforts to make a fantastic antique piece of machinery working again but with newer and more environmental friendly technical solutions. More specific, this is about making a old Mercedes Benz automobile running on vegetable oil (for you tech nuts: it’s a W111 chassis 1966 vintage 230S, also known as the fintail model).
Who is Fat Franz?
When I bought this car in october, 2001, it found a new home in a garage at my workplace. Immediately it amused my co-workers purely by its old-fashioned looks and a few asked me if it had a name. No, I said and put up a naming contest. To put it mildly, the results were not too exciting. Most of the contestants suggested very feminine nicknames. This car smells bad, uses ugly oils, is made of 1.400 kilograms of steel and has four rubber feet. Nothing of this is very feminine to me, so I chose the last contestants suggestion: Franz. It sound like a mildly overweight german man in the middle of his life, maybe not taking care of his hygiene as people around would wish he did and eating a lot of greasy food. Just like this car. The Fat in Fat Franz comes from the projects nature, the automobiles future as a waste vegetable oil cooker.
Who are you?
I’m a 29-year old
child boy man from southern Sweden working as a computer technician. Apart from crawling under greasy old cars I enjoy repairing old radios or other electronics, listening to quite a lot of music, drinking beer, strolling around in the nature, finding cool old furniture in thrift stores and .. oh well. Surrounding all this I have thoughts about trying to live sustainable to the extent that is possible and for the most part of time, making environmentally sound choices in my everyday life. So this stinker project fits me quite well, being both technical and environmental at the same time.
Being a European-built car and living in Europe, I try to keep all measurements mentioned in metric units. For readers from the States, there are a number of free online unit converting services on the net.
English is not my native language, so please feel free to correct any spelling errors.
One more thing: comments to my posts are most welcome, I do not enjoy monologues, but more so dialogues.