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Gazogène Coal/Wood Gas Dual Fuel

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United States

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MODEL A - Henry Ford, Edsel Ford //Gazogène-Eduardo Hector Leon,Jorge Martin Ferrer, Octavio Rodolfo Canal

In the late 1930s and into the 1940s, fuel shortages prompted the development of alternative fuel systems. Gazogène technology, which allowed vehicles to run on gas produced from burning charcoal or wood, emerged as a practical solution. This system involved burning solid fuels in a controlled, low-oxygen environment to produce a mix of gases that could power internal combustion engines. In 1939, a 1929 Ford Model A was retrofitted with a gazogène system in Spain by engineers Eduardo Hector Leon, Jorge Martin Ferrer, and Octavio Rodolfo Canal. This conversion took place on the island of Palma de Mallorca, near Barcelona. The retrofitted vehicle used charcoal or wood to generate hydrocarbon gases, which were then filtered and combusted in the engine. This innovative adaptation allowed the Ford Model A to operate efficiently despite the lack of traditional gasoline. The 1929 Gazogène Ford Model A is notable for its continued functionality. Even today, it runs efficiently on charcoal purchased from local hardware stores, showcasing the durability and adaptability of both the original Ford design and the gazogène system. This vehicle stands as one of the few surviving examples of gazogène-powered cars, making it an exceptionally rare and valuable piece of automotive history.

The 1929 Gazogène Ford Model A represents a unique blend of American engineering and innovative fuel technology. Originally produced by Ford between 1927 and 1931, the Model A was a popular and influential vehicle known for its robustness and reliability. Engineered by Henry Ford and his son Edsel Ford, the Model A quickly became a staple of American roads, with over 4.8 million units produced.

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