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Secrets of lead acid batteries
SKU: slab/090/324
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages

Great book for information on lead acid batteries.

New, updated book, detailing how batteries are rated, built, the different types of charging, how they discharge, and why they fail, how to quick charge, equalise cells, rejuvenate a sick battery, test them and some applications. Much more than basic information, but without heavy mathematics and chemistry, and a cheap way to save yourself trouble when the car won’t start! 48 page softcover.

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R101: The Airship Disaster, 1930 book
SKU: rtad/166/000
Historic official papers which have not previously been available in a popular form about the R101
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Make your own biodiesel - ebook
SKU: myob/ebook/000
Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be used in unmodified diesel engines with the current fueling infrastructure. It is safe, biodegradable, and reduces serious air pollutants such as soot, particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and air toxics. Performance, storage requirements, and maintenance are similar for biodiesel blend fuels and petroleum diesel. It contains no aromatics or sulfur, has a high Cetane number (good for ignition capabilities), and is a superior lubricant.
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Green Motoring Guide
SKU: gmg/ebook/000

Drive’s Green Motoring Guide is not about walking to work and driving boring cars.

In this eMag we give you everything you need to know about green motoring. We dispel the myths and give you the facts about different kinds of fuels, choosing an environmentally friendly car and even how you help by driving for the environment.

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Add up your car costs - pdf document
SKU: auycc/ebook/000

Smart Moves & Semlyen A. Add Up Your Car Costs. Calculation guide. Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme leaflet 1999. This is a free leaflet.

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Cutting Your Car Use Anna Semlyen
SKU: SKU16183
Do you wish for less traffic? Lead the way by reading this book. Britain's only traffic reduction guide gives easy to follow ideas, contacts and encouragement. It is pocket sized and readable. You too could save money, be healthy and green. "An extremely user-friendly book. A bargain you should not miss." Environmental Transport Association 58,000+ copies sold. Illustrations by Axel Scheffler.
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Building a home distillation apparatus - ebook for making ethanol
SKU: bhda/ebook/000
Binding: pdf

This ebook contains a step-by-step guide to building a relatively sophisticated distillation apparatus from commonly available materials, using simple tools, and at a cost of under $100 USD. The information contained on this site is directed at anyone who may want to know more about the subject: students, hobbyists, tinkers, pure water enthusiasts, survivors, the curious, and perhaps even amateur wine and beer makers. Designing and building this apparatus is the only subject of this manual. You will find that it confines itself solely to those areas. It does not enter into the domains of fermentation, recipes for making mash, beer, wine or any other spirits. These areas are covered in detail in other readily available books and numerous web sites. The site contains two separate design plans for the stills. And while both can be used for a number of distillation tasks, it should be recognized that their designs have been optimized for the task of separating ethyl alcohol from a water-based mixture. Having said that, remember that the real purpose of this site is to educate and inform those of you who are interested in this subject. It is not to be construed in any fashion as an encouragement to break the law. If you believe the law is incorrect, please take the time to contact your representatives in government, cast your vote at the polls, write newsletters to the media, and in general, try to make the changes in a legal and democratic manner. As a final word, if you decide to build a still like this, you will be on your own. It is distributed WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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Distillation of Alcohol & De-Naturing - make your own fuel - ebook
SKU: doadn/ebook/ooo

The full title of this book is: A Practical handbook on the Distillation of Alcohol form Farm Products - including the processes of malting; mashing and macerating; frementingand distilling alcohol from grain, beets, potatoes, molasses, etc. with chapters on alcoholometrey and the de-naturing of alcohol for use in farm engines, automobiles, launch motors, and in heating and lighting; with a synopsis of the new free alcohol law and its amenedment and the government regulations.

Since the passage of the "Free Alcohol Act" there has been a constantly increasing demand for information as to the manufacture of industrial alcohol. This, with the favorable reception accorded to the first edition of this book has lead the publishers to bring out a second edition. The entire volume has been carefully revised and not only has the original text been amplified but new chapters ave been added explaing the most modern and approved methods and appliances both as used in Europe and in this country. Another valuable feature of the present volume is the collection of U.S. de-naturing formulas covering the special denaturants necessitated by the various arts and by the Government requirements. The chapters on modern distilling apparatus rectifiers and modern plants have been very carefullly prepared in order to give the reader a clear idea of the various types of apparatus in use today and of their general place in a distillery system. The value of the book has been further increased by numerous additional illustrations.

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From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank - Josh Tickell - ebook
SKU: jt/ftfttft/50
Binding: pdf - ebook, download. 177 Pages17 pages.

The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable oil as an Alternative Fuel

Any Diesel engine can run on biodiesel, a diesel fuel made from vegetable oil, this book tells you how. In From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank, expert Joshua Tickell unveils the problems with our fossil fuel dependency and offers a surprisingly simple solution: cheap, clean-burning biodiesel. From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank provides concise, easy to understand instructions for making biodiesel.

From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank also includes instructions for building a biodiesel processor and growing and processing oilseed crops. With over 130 photographs, graphs, and diagrams, this book is the definitive guide to using biodiesel as an alternative fuel. From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank contains all of the information you need to become independent of fossil fuels forever.

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AFRICAR The Development of a Car for Africa
SKU: SKU16223
Binding: 211 pages. Hardback. Front cover size approx 20cms x 27cms.

AFRICAR

The Development of a Car for Africa

By Anthony Howarth

Published by The Ordinary Road Ltd. Printed in UK

First Edition. 1987

This is the story of one mans ambition to design and construct, with an aim to mass production, an environmentally sound and inexpensive go-anywhere car for the Third World.

The prototypes, using Citroen 2CV mechanicals and an all wood body construction, were initially proven on a gruelling Arctic / Equator safari.

The book takes the reader through the design and construction process and the trials and tribulations met during this epic adventure.

Contains photographs and drawings of the vehicles various construction stages and shots of the journey itself.

211 pages. Hardback. Front cover size approx 20cms x 27cms.

This book comes complete with dust jacket and is in good clean condition throughout.

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Diesel from vegetable oil guide - ebook
SKU: dfvog/ebook/000
Binding: ebook - pdf - 17 pages

This ebook provides information on how to run your car on vegetable oil. The books contains information on how to make modification so that you can use this cheap fuel. plus websites for more information.

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Finding & Buying a Used Electric Vehicle - free
SKU: fabuev/ebook/000

In the market for a more efficient, emissions-free car? Electric vehicles can offer pollution-free driving at half the fuel costs of a typical gas-engine car. Here’s how to find an all-electric rig that suits your needs.

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Didi boat plan, tender/sailing dinghy - ebook
SKU: boat/didi/0
Binding: pdf - ebook, download. 17 pages.

Didi can be rowed, salied or fitted with a 3 h.p. outboard motor. Weighing just 80 pounds the boat can carry quite large loads. construction is very simple and takes about 12 hours in total - not including paint and glue drying.

The boat can be made with simple household tools. Full construction details, well illustrated with list of materials and full step by step instructions for this 7' 6" by 4' boat.

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Grandee saling cruiser boat plan - ebook
SKU: boat/grandee/0

This 35 page plan describes how to build a 20ft sailing cruiser with either a Gunter or Bermuda rig. with three berths and sevEral options this is well illustrated plan.

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8 foot stem dingy plan - ebook
SKU: boat/ebook/dandy/0
Binding: ebook - pdf
18 page plan with detailed instructions to build an 8 foot wooden craft that can ve sailed, rowed or fitted with an outboard motor. Full parts list and tool list.
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How to Covert Your Car to Electric - ebook
SKU: agua/cyce/7030

Your buying a guide showing you HOW TO CONVERT YOUR GASOLINE VEHICLE TO RUN 100% ON ELECTRICITY for less then it costs for ANY new car let alone a new ELECTRIC HYBRID VEHICLE set in an Easy to Read Beginners level format (process made simple). (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested myself here here on the Ranch.)

SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC. NO MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE NEEDED.

The guide even includes links to purchase parts & supplies, FREE unlimited online consultation & helpful hints to get your ELECTRIC VEHICLE built & using FREE ENERGY by the weekend.

THE PLANS CAN BE USED IN ANY REGION, ANY TEMPERATURES & ADAPTED TO BE ANY SIZE.

HOW IT WORKS?
- The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.- Electric Conversions can be easily accomplished in ANY model vehicle, even tractors, Generators, types of machinery, etc. NO MORE GAS STATION LINES ! ! !
- The system has normal automotive top speeds and acceleration, typical to the vehicle your modifying. If your top speed was 85 mph and your acceleration was 1 mile per min, then this will be what your left with after the conversion.
- Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT RISING FUEL COSTS YOU WILL NOT LOOSE POWER OR SPEEDYOU WILL HELP TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING

 That’s it, it’s that simple. You will love the info in these booklets, that’s a guarantee. If not I offer 100% money back, no questions asked.

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Ethanol (corn alcohol) Guide - ebook
SKU: agua/ecag/7030
Binding: Zip file

As with biodiesel, you don't have to be a corporation to make ethanol -- you can make fuel alcohol in your backyard, and many people are doing just that, and running their vehicles on clean-burning alcohol instead of gasoline. All you’ll need a still, and you need to learn how to ferment beer.

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The How to Build a Hydrogen Generator Book - ebook
SKU: agua/htbahgb/7030
Binding: Pdf - Zip file. Main document 64 pages.

Your buying a guide showing you HOW TO BUILD A HYDROGEN GENERATOR & RUN YOUR VEHICLE ON WATER set in an Easy to Read Beginners level format (process made simple).

HOW IT WORKS?

- The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.
- Hydrogen Generators can be easily installed in ANY model vehicle, tractor, Generator, type of machinery in general.
- Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available.

The Process Water is pumped into a chamber where electrodes are vibrated using an electrical pulse, which breaks up H2O (regular tap water) into H2 (Hydrogen). Hydrogen is a very clean combustible, removing ozone-destroying exhaust from your vehicle. When the pressure builds reaching 30-60 psi, you turn the key & go. You step on the pedal, you send more energy to the electrodes, & thus more vapor fuel (Hydrogen) to the cylinders, which in return creates more power. (The system also will create burnable even cleaner oxygen)

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Biodiesel Fuel Guide - ebook
SKU: agua/bfg/7030
Binding: ebooks - Zip file or Pdf

You are buying a HUGE GUIDE packed with 5 DIFFERENT Easy to Read methods in creating & running your vehicle on BIODIESEL for less then $0.50 per gal, set in an Easy to Read Beginners level format (process made simple). (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested myself here here on the Ranch.), So that EVERYONE, ANYONE, EVERYWHERE can enjoy the benefits of Cheaper, Healthier, Cleaner & more Efficient Fuel.

How it Works?
- The methods are simple making the process possible for anyone everyone ANYWHERE.
- Household products are added into a container. Used or new vegetable oil (or other oil type) are added & gently stirred. The mix is left to settle. The end result is BIODIESEL, a cleaner, cheaper combustible fuel that is actually better for your engine.
- Poor into your tank & head out. No additional modifications are required. Your engine will burn Biodiesel as it would regular fuel, just without the ozone-destroying exhaust.
be compromised; in fact you may see an increase in not HP & mileage. Because Biodiesel actually burns cleaner, while lubricating the pistons creating a smoother running engine, it’s typical to experience better M.P.G & more Power.

Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available for all. Project lengths range from 1 day to 1 week. Costs per Gallon average $0.50 in parts. (not to mention the savings from no more Fuel bills.)

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Two wooden Row Boat Plans - ebook free
SKU: twrbp/ebook/000

These are two plans for rowboat. The first uses one sheet of plywood to build the whole thing, and the second is another traditional row boat.

From the plywood plans: This11-foot hull will cost you only $35 to build and comes out of a single sheet of plywood. We used Weldwood Royal Marine Plywood for the job. It can be put together by almost any workshopper with a minimum amount of tools and time.

It rows smartly and gets a real burst of speed from a 3 to 5-hp outboard, actually planing like a runabout. It won't tip or trip with its generously flared sides and will take a rough clop. It can be lifted on top of a car by one man. It will carry up to four persons. The editors feel that it's impossible to get so much water transport anywhere for so little cost.

In cutting and assembly, you deal directly with the planking, first and last. Except for the transom, no other ribs are used- No precision jigging, alignments, plumbs, squares, angles, rakes, deadrise, coordinates, lofting or full-size layout is necessary. It can be done in a weekend, or if you prefer to work leisurely, two weekends.

The second plans are are simple and to the point, as is the boat. At twelve feet and four seats - one aft, two in the middle, and one tiny front seat - this looks like a good traditional boat.

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Vintage 25 Foot Cabin Cruiser Plans - ebook
SKU: ccp/000/000

These plans are for a large cabin cruiser boat, measuring 25 feet.

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Sustainable Energy — without the hot air
SKU: ssewotha/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf, 382 pages

About the author

David MacKay is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995. Since 2005, he has devoted much of his time to public teaching about energy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 14 May 2009.

About the "free book" license

This is a free book. I didn't write this book to make money. I wrote it because sustainable energy is important. If you would like to have the book for free for your own use, please help yourself to any of the electronic versions on this website. There's pdf and html versions (thanks to William Sigmund!); we are working on other formats.

This is a free book in a second sense: you are free to use all the material in this book, except for the cartoons and the photos with a named photographer, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence. (The cartoons and photos are excepted because the authors have generally given me permission only to include their work, not to share it under a Creative Commons license.) You are especially welcome to use my materials for educational purposes. This website includes links to separate high-quality files for each of the figures in the book.

In response to generous readers...
If you enjoy the free electronic copy of the book and would like to make a financial donation, without buying the paper book for yourself, please may I suggest that you find a library or a school that would like a copy of the book, and buy a paper copy for them? Thank you!

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Bicycle Design: The Search for the Perfect Machine
SKU: bd/sand/416/399
Binding: Paperback: 176 pages

An illustrated handbook for appreciators of cycle technology written by one of the world’s most famous and irreverent bicycle designers and inventors, with explanations of everything from aerodynamics and ergonomics to suspension forks and drum brakes. 9”x7”, 16pp colour plates, b&w throughout

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Petrol-Driven Motor Cars (1909)
SKU: pdmc/cam/062/000
Binding: Paperback: 24 pages

There is a huge amount of information on all aspects of the early development of the petrol-driven car up to 1909 in the 23 pages of this booklet. Amongst others you get information on the chassis, steering, wheels, transmissions, ignition, motors, and their balancing, all extracted from A Text-Book of Mechanical Engineering, published in London in 1909 although the contents cover British, European and American developments. 35 drawings and diagrams.

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The Amazing Plastic Still
SKU: taps/ebook/000/000

Amazing Still in English - the simplest home distiller in the world. Illustrated picture that shows how to build a plastic stiller at home within 15 minutes. The Amazing Still produces one liter (about one quart) 35-40% pure alcohol per day. Two runs needed to make the alcohol 55%. If you already own a still then the plastic still is a great tool to pre-distill the mash with because there is no boiling involved.

NOTE: It is legal to own a plastic still but in some countries it is illegal to use it.

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5cwt Engine Hoist
SKU: 5eh/ebook/000/000
Binding: pdf
A small but useful hydraulic crane can be built using a suitable hydraulic jack. The
crane is able to fold for storage and can be constructed for a fraction of the
cost of a ready built engine crane. Construction requires welding
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Electric Vehicles - design and build your own.
SKU: evd/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf. 215 pages

Electric Vehicles - design and build your own.

Designing and building an EV is akin to writing a book. Even this book. It’s a process of integrating what you know and have, finding out what you don’t know, trying to put it all into a proper sequence. The order of importance idea doesn’t work here, though. There is no part of an EV, or most anything else, that’s not important. If it wasn’t part of the whole, it wouldn’t be there. You might be killed in an automobile because of its poor design or because a cotter-pin fell out of a steering knuckle.

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Electric Vehicles The Benefits and Barriers
SKU: evtbab/000/ebook/000
Binding: pdf
In this book, theoretical basis and design guidelines for electric vehicles have been emphasized chapter by chapter with valuable contribution of many researchers who work on both technical and regulatory sides of the field. Multidisciplinary research results from electrical engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering were examined and merged together to make this book a guide for industry, academia and policy maker.
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The Biodiesel Handbook
SKU: tbh/ebook/000/000
Binding: Pdf - 286 pages

The major components of vegetable oils and animal fats are triacylglycerols (TAG; often also called triglycerides). Chemically, TAG are esters of fatty acids (FA) with glycerol (1,2,3-propanetriol; glycerol is often also called glycerine; see Chapter 11). The TAG of vegetable oils and animal fats typically contain several different FA. Thus, different FA can be attached to one glycerol backbone. The different FA that are contained in the TAG comprise the FA profile (or FA composition) of the vegetable oil or animal fat. Because different FA have different physical and chemical proper- ties, the FA profile is probably the most important parameter influencing the corre- sponding properties of a vegetable oil or animal fat.

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Walks to Enjoy in Dorset
SKU: wtd/202/000
Binding: Paperback

Walks in to Enjoy in Dorset - fifteen walks for you to enjoy by yourself, with your dog, family or friends. Detailed walk information including maps and photographs with historical notes and easy to follow descriptions. All but one walk is circular and range in length and difficulty. The linear walk is completed by taking the train from Swanage back to the walk start at Corfe Castle.

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