Equipping and traveling in a vegetable oil powered school bus.
I purchased this 1989 GMC school bus for $500 in the fall of 2008 and modified it to accommodate passengers for a series of road trips. As I traversed the vast American landscape, the need for fuel efficiency and greater self-reliance became increasingly evident. To this end, with the help of a few friends I designed, built, and installed a system for running the bus’s diesel engine on waste vegetable oil; a free and abundant resource that I collected from roadside restaurants.
The following photographs provide a sense of its various parts, passengers, and purposes.