Fuel cells are essentially batteries; they transform a particular source of fuel into electricity. They provide direct current voltage that can be used with motors, lights and many other electrical machines. Fuel cell engines are becoming pretty popular because of the many features they offers such as being able to use other elements for fuel instead of just gasoline and other safety benefits. Here is how to build a fuel cell engine:
- Remove your original gas tank. You will need to separate your gasoline tank from the engine and remove it from the car. Drain it of all fuel before doing so. Remove all the fuel lines, hoses, securing brackets and screws.
- Installing the fuel cell. Pop the trunk of your car. Place the fuel cell inside and use sheet metal screws to tightly secure it to the trunk floor and make sure it is as far away from the driver’s seat as possible. Your fuel fitting should have enough space to be properly connected to the rubber fuel lines or else you could ruin the whole fuel system. To make sure that your fuel cell is firmly secured to the floor, use silicon rubber to seal the screws nailing it to the trunk floor.
- Connecting the fuel cell to the engine. You will need two pieces of braided hose rubber fuel line long enough to reach the fuel pump near the engine and to connect from the engine back to the fuel cell. Sometimes, the fuel pump is located in the trunk but you still have to make sure there are lines connecting the fuel cell, fuel pump and engine. The two lines (supply and return) are needed to produce a closed loop to ensure that the fuel can circulate from the fuel cell to the engine and back in order to maintain proper fuel pressure even during fast acceleration and hard breaking.
- Connecting fuel lines. Use 6AN aluminum fillings to connect fuel lines. This type of fitting ensures that the fuel easily flows through the hoses and into the fuel cell, fuel pump and engine. Examine the layout of your car first before buying proceeding to buy the aluminum fillings. Depending on the location of your fuel pump, you will need four to six of the 6AN’s. To secure the fillings, it is best to use 2-inch hose clamps. You have to use the correct size wrench to secure the fillings or else it won’t be as tight. The fuel line must be secured to the car’s framework with U-clamps fastened by screws to ensure that it does not get loose. However, make sure not to pinch or put any pressure on the fuel lines so as not to restrict fuel flow.
- Test the new fuel cell engine. Make sure that fuel pressure is maintained so that there are no leaks or stoppages in the flow of fuel. Turn on the engine and see if there is anything wrong with the fuel lines. Double-check all of the clamps, fillings and connections
With your new fuel cell engine you can enjoy cleaner fuel exhaust and added comfort. Go to your local mechanic for help if you need to. It is very easy to build your own fuel cell engine so get convert your system now.