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Gas vs. Propane?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Banzo, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Banzo

    Banzo Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Anyone have any thoughts on propaning a truck?

    I have a '78 GMC 427 3 ton Dump running on gas right now, and I've seen other guys running their Topkick truck's on propane and I wonder why. Any special advantages to propane other than lower emissions and smaller fuel price fluctuations?
  2. WISnowPlower

    WISnowPlower Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    We had a 2001 Top Kick with a 502 that ran on propane, the fuel milage was worse than using regular gas and finding a place to re-fuel if we were out of our home area was a challenge, other than that the truck always ran great. It was a former delivery truck that had a reefer on it the also used propane, so I think thats why they decided to go with one fuel for both. Don't really think there are any advantages to running propane
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Theres a company near my service area that converts and runs propane in all of their trucks. Dont know why-but they're a pretty big player and it must make sense for them. JD may know them better than I.
  4. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I had a propane powered Chev S-10 in the mid 80's. At the time there was some sort of sales tax rebate if you converted to propane. Maybe there is still a program like this still going on. I found propane to be too much of a pain. Outside of the city if was sometimes hard to find a filling station and a lot of garages would not work on the truck. When I first got the truck propane was cheap but the price started go up so there was hardly any savings.