From the Queens Tribune:
Thurston Cecil is not a snake oil salesman but he gets that a lot.
He can’t blame people for thinking that either. With gas prices as volatile as the stock market, his offer of fuel for at least 50 percent less than what it is at the pump seems too good to be true.
“The enemy is perception,” he said.
Cecil, 43, is an Astoria-based mechanic specializing in converting diesel trucks to run on vegetable oil.
For $2,500, Cecil and his crew will convert any local box truck to run on a fuel priced now at $1.50 a gallon – half of what diesel costs these days.
The used oil, which has fried everything from eel to octopus, is picked up from about a dozen Japanese restaurants every Sunday. The oil is then poured into a 275-gallon tank and left to settle for about a week. When the sediments settle at the bottom, it is released by a valve at the bottom of the tank. The oil is then cleaned by two more processes before it can be pumped into the moving trucks.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “I should be president.”