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Re: Learning to live with less than 2K a day

OK, I can see it if you have medical issues but if you can't last two weeks without electricity there is a lot wrong with your life. In 1985, after Hurricane Kate, we had no power for two weeks, no problem. We used the camping stove, hauled water in 5 gal jugs and used our caving lamps for light. We never bothered to ask when it would come back on but one day it did.
On your boat what do you do? Surely you dont need 1000 watts aboard. My boat might manage 50 watts for a couple hours but what do you do with all that power?
At this time of Fall, it isnt yet THAT cold even in Mass. Don' you have quilts?
Get out the grill and cook any meat thawing in your freezer, have a block party of it Happed to me once).
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What would it take to convert a gas car (Honda Civic) into a generator? Larger alternator? Extra batteries? Large inverter? Can it be done?

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For a moment I thought you meant learning to live with less than US$2000 a day!! Won't that be heaven.
Me too. I thought, "Since when was GHL in the 1%??"

I thought Minniwaska was SailNet's only 1% representative .

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What would it take to convert a gas car (Honda Civic) into a generator? Larger alternator? Extra batteries? Large inverter? Can it be done?
There's a small company in Seattle doing something like that with Ford Ranger pickup trucks. On the Electric Vehicle forums the Ford Ranger is a popular platform to convert for some reason. I don't think they have a generator though but that would be a fine addition.

There is quite a bit on the web on DIY electric vehicles. Also, one of our members "MobiusALilBitTwisted" has made several EVs if I recall.

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Re: Learning to live with less than 2K a day

a 5hp lawnmower engine and a 1 wire alternator would be better way to go:
fyi: Building your own generator.


fwiw, I was on a genny for 5 weeks after andrew (90+ degrees & 98% humidity).

finding gas was the biggest problem.

I would like to put a motorcycle muffler on my 10hp briggs... any thoughts of how to tune the muffler?
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a 5hp lawnmower engine and a 1 wire alternator would be better way to go:
fyi: Building your own generator.


fwiw, I was on a genny for 5 weeks after andrew (90+ degrees & 98% humidity).

finding gas was the biggest problem.

I would like to put a motorcycle muffler on my 10hp briggs... any thoughts of how to tune the muffler?
I have heard that you can draw a line with a red or white crayon along the pipe, and where it no longer melts off is about where to cut the pipe.

I don't know how accurate that is though...
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I have heard that you can draw a line with a red or white crayon along the pipe, and where it no longer melts off is about where to cut the pipe.

I don't know how accurate that is though...
That's an old hot rodders trick for tuning the collector length of headers - paint them with regular paint (NOT hi-temp) and where it stops burning off is the correct length for maximum torque.
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Well thank goodness. Here I thought after reading the thread title, that the OP was a NHL player just figuring out he didn't have a paycheck coming in.
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That's an old hot rodders trick for tuning the collector length of headers - paint them with regular paint (NOT hi-temp) and where it stops burning off is the correct length for maximum torque.
Ahh.. that sounds about right. I heard that way back when I was a kid hanging around my dads shop. I think I heard it in reference to motorcycle pipes, but it's probably the same difference.
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a 5hp lawnmower engine and a 1 wire alternator would be better way to go:
fyi: Building your own generator.


fwiw, I was on a genny for 5 weeks after andrew (90+ degrees & 98% humidity).

finding gas was the biggest problem.

I would like to put a motorcycle muffler on my 10hp briggs... any thoughts of how to tune the muffler?
That's a good link, thanks!
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