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1959 Fiat 600

Vaporizers and the Vaporizer History

What is a gasoline vaporizer?

        A gasoline vaporizer is a device designed, built and installed on an internal combustion engine which converts liquid gasoline to a vapor form through the use of heat and/or vacuum so the ICE (internal combustion engine) can burn a higher percentage of the fuel in the combustion chamber. Doing so will reduce unburned hydrocarbon to be expelled by the engine exhaust flow. This technology has been researched, tested and patented through many designs and systems for many years. In fact, some of the earliest patents were granted at about the same time vehicles with a gasoline burning engine was available for public use. Unfortunately this technology is only just now (2010) coming out on a production vehicle. Research the Ale'. That three wheeled vehicle has vaporizer technology incorporated to achieve the high mileage that vehicle claims. How exactly does a vaporizer contribute to higher mileage? Easy. Fuel injected in vaporous form allows the air to mix with more fuel molecules thus enabling more fuel to ignite faster causing additional heat to contribute to a more thorough burn of the fuel in the combustion chamber. Just a toss in, HHO aids in combustion efficiency too. But that is another story. Is there proof to use a vaporizer? A tailpipe emissions check and of course the old sniffer, your nose. I am not saying go sniff your tailpipe but if you remember the time before the catalytic converter, you will remember breathing unburned hydrocarbons (smelly exhaust). Use a vaporizer and see the  difference. Knowing exhaust emisions were like they were, the EPA begin requiring the catalytic converter installed on all cars and light duty trucks in the mid '70s. The basic function of the converter was to burn off any unburned gasoline remnants from the combustion cycle in the engine. My point here is that, although our exhaust emissions have been cleaned up (by a converter), our engines only run better because of technology improvements in friction reduction, lubrication, weight reduction, aerodynamics, and performance improvements in engine operation to say the least. We still use the same process to burn fuel to create power the way we did in 1900. The parts just got better and computer technology has provided a smoother run vehicle.     

  There is one official vaporizer, listed as so, that was designed built and offered on a manufactured vehicle in America. That was Henry Ford that had one such device as an offering on the Model T engines. Researching the history on the vaporizer, there were pro and cons on it. Like many other mechanical items during the history of the auto, either the item worked or it didn't. What I found was the item did work. But, the item was susceptable to failure. Metals back then weren't perfected for the item to last. So, when the item was in good shape, the vaporizer would work flawlessly. Here is a picture of a model T Ford (factory produced) exhaust manifold vaporizer 1910s and 20s models. Also below is a copy of instructions on how the vaporizer was operated as provided by http://www.old-carburetors.com/ . These manifolds can be found, not always in useable form.