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November 6, 2012

MPG on The Road Not Taken

Filed under: Modern History — jenniferlake @ 4:24 pm
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When I see news about the price of gas or commercials for new cars and trucks touting twenty-or-thirty-something miles per gallon (or particularly during a shortage, outage, energy disaster or smog test!), it makes me think of Tom Ogle and his vapor-fuel system. I read about Tom a few years ago and his story becomes ever more poignant for its place in geopolitics and time.  

Ron Laytner wrote, “In 1978 I first interviewed Tom Ogle who created a device replacing the carburetor [that] allowed his 4,000 pound car to get 100 miles per gallon… Four years later Tom, at age 24, was in his grave and his invention, buried.” So Laytner is asking, “Did the world not go green because of a murder?…Tom said the 100mpg..was only the beginning of his newfound fuel efficiency.”

   “Tom felt confident that on the smaller, lighter cars..he could get nines times as much. That means..900 miles per gallon… ‘This is no hoax’, said Dr. Hawkins [Texas A&M engineer PhD, who approved and supported Tom’s system], ‘Ogle eliminated the carburetor and achieved what the gasoline internal combustion engine was supposed to do all along –to operate off fumes’… Seventy years ago Canadian Charles Nelson Pogue made headlines long before Tom Ogle when he drove a 1932 Ford 200 miles on a single gallon of gas… a test for The Ford Motor Company in Winnipeg…” ; Pogue’s story: 

   If Henry Ford was impressed in 1932, it was a complement by design when he unveiled his “Soybean Car”, made with soy-based plastic panels, “on August 13, 1941 at Dearborn festival… The car weighed 2000 lbs [1,000 less than his other models]… The exact ingredients of the plastic..are unknown because no record of the formula exists today… [Ford] also claimed that the plastic panels made the car safer than traditional steel cars; and that the car could even roll over without being crushed.” . Ford’s early cars were designed to run on alcohol.

   Then there’s Rudolf Diesel who invented his motor to run on peanut oil. Diesel disappeared from a train ride and was found dead 10 days later.

Laytner points out that that another young American inventor who designed a dune buggy to run on water died at the height of his expectant success: “Stanley Allen Meyer..had twenty patents on many water-fueled inventions.”

In the ’70s 

  “As the environmental movement began to take shape in the early 1970s, a nationwide panic ensued in 1973 when the Arab members of OPEC cut off exports to the United States and other nations supporting Israel… This was a bold attempt to coerce Israeli forces to leave occupied Arab lands. Much to the relief of those traumatized by rising gas prices and oil shortages..a clever [young] mechanic from El Paso, Texas named Thomas Ogle made headlines when he claimed his invention would allow any V-8 engine to get 160 miles to the gallon… [He] revealed the results of an independent exhaust emissions test, which showed that his system operates nearly pollution-free… Although Ogle was eventually granted his patent, Patent Office examiners..indicated that a patent may already have been issued..similar to Ogle’s… [to] General Motors… One of their patents included a vaporized system that eliminated the carburetor, obtained by GM in 1972.”

   “Scientists were convinced his invention, dubbed the ‘Oglemobile’, would soon reach world markets… corporate engineers and the US government..were astounded to discover the invention actually worked…  A few months after my first interview [Tom’s] backer C.F. Ramsay sold out to Advance Fuel Systems Inc, [of Seattle]… Advance Fuel’s own engineers would develop the ‘Oglemobile’..[and] Ogle was told he’d get no royalties because AFS was working on a device that got similar results but wasn’t his invention… [T]hirty years later I can still hear Tom’s voice from our recorded interviews promising the world a better future… He believed his system was the answer to the world’s pollution problems… Everyone predicted he would become a billionaire… and perhaps one of America’s greatest inventors.” [Ron Laytner, 2011]




    Alex Jones, Rense and other truthers have been advertising these. They also claim Muslims run the media and Bigfoot was just spotted in the forest near Bohemian Grove. Nothing about Jews to report, however.

    Comment by Mel Gibstein — November 11, 2012 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

    • What happened to your usual icon and addy, mg? –this link you posted about “bogus fuel-saving product that doesn’t save fuel” didn’t mention if the product was ecologically dangerous as an additive but sounds like a standard snapshot of scam marketing –implement a generally inferior, failed, and obsolete system and then sell the (fake) “magic bullet” remedy. Politics, medicine, gas mileage… works across the board, huh? I recall a similar claim for a few ounces of acetone in the tank.
      …And how can we be sure those boys at the Grove don’t trap squatches and bus them in for piggyback races? –they’re so twisted– I mean, get into the psychology: like hairy-rump rides and horsewhips. Those “men” gave the world H-bombs, so who’s to know that squatches don’t originate from Bohemian Grove and run away after the summer games– you know, disposable hybrid pleasure models. They’re really really people-shy, and flee at the flick of a camera –leave squatch swatches of “fur” on foliage (deer fur, they say, but I bet it’s sheep or goat) so making fun of their plight is exploitation for show. Don’t mention ‘BF’ again, mg. I don’t wanna think about this even if we’re all adults. It’s okay to talk about Aliens, f’you want.
      Ever try acetone?
      SHEEEZ–I’m slap-happy. Hope you understand. I’m still enjoying some of this ride but having very sober thoughts about propaganda programming and what we’ve (apparently)collectively come to tolerate, not appreciating the subconscious factors. Since The History Channel, Discovery, Science, Discovery,, follow suit in conflating any amount of cultural nonsense with scientific facts, they should be taken together with all the confabulators.

      Comment by jenniferlake — November 11, 2012 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Jen,

    For some strange reason I clicked on Mel’s icon and got the message: Sorry we can’t find that profile. First time this has happened.

    Good article. Seems true to me. Carburetors and fuel injectors both attempt to get gasoline in a state as close to vapour as possible before forcing it into combusion chambers. So why wouldn’t pre-vapourized liquid fuel do the job better? I’m going to look into this as I have a massive, mint Cadillac that gets 12 miles to the gallon around town.


    Comment by trugreen1 — November 22, 2012 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

    • cool, Truman –I’d love to hear about your discoveries. The Pogue carburetor situation is interesting. He claimed that ‘anti-catalytic’ lead was added to gas in the late 1930s to defeat the design of his carburetor by gumming up the works. For the satisfaction of emissions testing, motors must be original factory ‘stock’–at least, those are the rules as I learned them– though I hear there are loopholes in some places for alternative vehicles with zero (maybe near-zero) emissions.
      Tetraethyl lead (TEL) was developed by General Motors chemist Thomas Midgley under the supervision of Charles Kettering at the Dayton Research Lab. Midgley was poisoned by lead numerous times, requiring long-term convalescent care, and finally succumbed with polio at age 51 –he invented a rope-and-pulley system for himself and died by entanglement in it at age 55.

      Comment by jenniferlake — November 23, 2012 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  3. “A carburetor that would allow a car to travel 200 miles on a gallon of fuel caused oil stocks to crash when it was announced by its Canadian inventor Charles Nelson Pogue in the 1930s… Now a retired Cornish mechanic has enlisted the help of the University of Plymouth to rebuild Pogue’s revolutionary carburetor, known as the Winnipeg, from blueprints he found hidden [in his] tool box for 40 years…”
    “The Bourke engine, first demonstrated by inventor Russell Bourke, in 1932, but lost in the politics of wartime manufacturing,..improves fuel efficiency over the 4-stroke engine by 300%, while (depending on design) reducing wear, noise, vibration, as well as cutting noxious emissions to nearly zero because of its efficient use of the fuel…”

    Comment by jenniferlake — April 3, 2013 @ 2:18 am | Reply

  4. i Talked to tom ogle on ,aug 4th 1981 . he had a article in “4 wheeler” magazine. his k-5 blazer (nice and shiney black) nailed down 73 mpg
    with the ac on. in the article was a phone number . I dialled it up , we yaked for a couple hours. his system will work at 60-70 mph easy , but
    80-90 maybe wit wont vap fuel fast enough? we thought. but this small , hurdle can be beat. i dont think he is dead they hid him. i think.
    In 1979 , here in louisville,ky a gent bought Two 79 tbirds both green. one got 16 mpg ,the other got 39 mpg.The 39 mpg had a j code
    ford varable venturi carb ,. the other was standard motorcraft 2bll. seems ttheir was a recall for the 39mpg car .It was taken back to summers
    herman ford BUT THE OWNER WAS ON TO THEM AN HEAVILY CHAINED THE HOOD DOWN. LOL he caught them trying to get the hood up
    (not the recall problem). and drove out of the dealer shop. this was on whas news 11 with mallissia forsythe. needless to say this wasnt reaired
    at 11 pm . On 60 min , did a story on high milage fuel systems , and she was told by hidden faces at gm that they could go up to 35/40 mpg
    on the escalades and other suv’s if they had to. look up myt motor. later Dave.

    Comment by dave smith — October 18, 2013 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

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