Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bud and Dorothy

Bud and Dorothy moved their family to the farm down the road from us in the late 1970s.

Their youngest daughter, Sarah, became like a sister to my brother and me. Bud is an incredible inventor.

Back in about 1987 he was featured on Jason Davis' TV show "On the Road with Jason Davis." Bud had modified a pickup truck engine to burn wood. If I remember right he had a wood stove in the pickup bed that heated other wood for destructive distillation. I think it was these gases generated by this distillation that the engine burned. It didn't put out a lot of horsepower.

A couple of years ago Bud was back at it with a new design. This time it was an electric truck. An S10 extended cab. My Dad said the acceleration was pretty good, and the range was about 30 to 40 miles per charge.

Bud had made and sold an electric Geo Metro before he built the pickup. A local south TX TV news crew covered the pickup last summer.

This is the engine compartment with the batteries.

Here's the deal. We don't need the Gov. to tell the auto makers to do this. Real people: Inventive people like Bud and Dorothy already do this kind of thing.

Hey, Bud, Dorothy, this post is for you. We miss you. Hope to see you this summer. Say "Hi" to the girls and their families.

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