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Converting a car engine into a generator

This is a discussion on Converting a car engine into a generator within the Alternative Energy (Wind, Solar, Hydro etc) forums, part of the Off-Grid Lifestyle category; Has anyone ever heard of this? The power's out here in my neighborhood. There's a guy who is using a car to generate power in ...

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    Converting a car engine into a generator

    Has anyone ever heard of this? The power's out here in my neighborhood. There's a guy who is using a car to generate power in his home. The car is in his backyard and was kept running all night. Pretty cool.

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    The only thoughts I can add is first you can charge a 12 Volt battery (not the car battery) while driving the car in normal use. The car generator creates more power than is needed to recharge the car battery. Just requires a cable to run from the car battery to a battery on the floor of the car.

    My biggest concern is that cars are not designed to idle forever and will consume an awful lot of gas. Better to purchase a generator.
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    They have been doing from the days cars were first invented and using them to pump water also. The also take 6 or 8 cly engine and use half the cyl to made a compressor out of them.
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    He was probably running an inverter with it, a waste of gas!

    The storm here three days ago took out the power for 11 hours.

    I ran the propane genset for 10 of that time, used hardly any fuel at all, gauge hardly moved.

    Ran it to keep the freezers cold nothing else, was a good time to get some rest, which I did.

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    Yep, he was running an inverter. You can buy one at Harbor Freight cheap. But as Socom said..... a huge waster of fuel. These car inverters produce little output and that car engine is sucking down a lot of gas.
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    Until he gets a proper generator, it will work fine. Some cars idle pretty well and can get fairly decent fuel consumption.. Just depends on vehicle.
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    After Irma roared through, wife was home alone with the animals and no electricity.
    I was in Kansas City.
    She parked her diesel Silverado right outside the dining room window, plugged an inverter into the cigarette lighter, ran a power cord thru the window. She ran a small fan, a light, and the WiFi modem.

    She didn’t have to leave the truck running to do this. Remember, diesel trucks have two batteries.
    2 days later I was back home and got the generator in service.

    She asked, and I showed her, how to get the generator started, how to fuel it, how to run extension cords to the house, etc.
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    It also depends on the size of the alternator he has in that vehicle.

    If he moseyed down to the local truck parts store . . . he could have gotten a huge one for tractor trailers . . . built a bracket . . . and be pumping out almost 400 amps . . .

    If he hooked up 2 . . . he could be knocking down almost 7000 watts at 120 volts . . . and his car engine would hardly be above an idle.

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    There are some pretty economical tractor PTO driven generators but its my understanding that the power generated is not "clean" power and can damage some appliances/equipment. But Diesel Engines are great "idlers".

    If someone could verify this I'd appreciate it but I looked into a PTO generator a few years back and decided against it for home use.
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    Apparently you can find some PTO generators that have brushless alternators that provide clean energy that sensitive equipment can use safely.

    For about 2 grand you can get a pretty powerful setup for your tractor. I'll need to do more research but it my be worth it to look into this method.

    https://www.powerequipmentdirect.com...OS/p12098.html

 

 
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