The Secret Super High Mileage Report
Tom Ogle's articles
This section is reprints of
newspaper and magazine articles on Tom Ogle. In1977, Tom
demonstrated a 351 ci. Ford getting 100 miles per gallon.
He used a multiple vapor system that had a 3 gallon tank.
His patent was granted Dec. 11, 1979 number 4,177,779
three months after his death. It has never been
developed. He did not understand that you must crack the
fuel and how the additives affect the system long term.
These articles are photocopied into my booklet. More are
available. I have 27 and heard there was over 50 articles
done about him and his system. Very interesting reading.
Ogle Fuel System - No Hoax
By Gregory Jones
Tom Ogle says it wasn't a hoax.
He insists there were no hidden
fuel tanks or other alternate fuel sources used to power
a two-ton automobile for 205 miles Saturday on only two
gallons of gasoline fumes.
Ogle isn't alone in his no-hoax
Carl Wright, for example, has been
working on internal combustion machines for 35 years. He
is a certified teacher of auto mechanics and is currently
shop foreman at Peck's Automotive Service, where Ogle
built his controversial energy-saving fuel system.
"It's no hoax." Wright
said in straight-forward fashion. "There were no
hidden tanks." Wright, who has no vested interests
in the invention, said at first he was skeptical of the
young man's invention.
"I've watched the thing from
the time they built the fuel tank to the very
present," Wright said"It looks to me like it'll
do what Tom said it would do."
Wright said any secret fuel
compartments would have required many extra man-hours by
Ogle to install in the car body.
"He only worked on the car
during office hours," Wright said,"and he
didn't have a key to the door" to get into the
automotive shop during off-hours or weekends. Experts
Probe Ogle Fuel System
"He has not been here working
on the car at nights, and the car has been locked up here
every night." Wright said.
James Peck, who owns Peck's
Automotive, has a 50-50 partnership on any royalties from
the invention. And he said he would stake his 30 year
professional reputation in northeast EI Paso on the fact
that there was no hoax involved in Saturday's test drive.
"I personally believe he
(Ogle) had some help some-where along the way developing
the system, although he will not admit to that. But I can
vouch that the system works. It's no hoax. It was my car
hr converted. We built system in my shop. I'll put my
name on the line. It definitely works.
Peck said he provided financial
back for Ogle's invention after he and Ogle met about a
month ago and discussed the system.
Frank Haynes Jr. is registered
state engineer with degrees from the University of Texas
at Austin and Southern Methodist University. He was at
Peck's Automotive Saturday where he looked the system
over and talked with Ogle.
"From what I saw, there was no
hoax." Haynes said, adding that he learned of Ogle's
invention in The Times.
" I decided to venture out and
see what was going on," he said. " I'd never
even heard of Tom Ogle before. But I'm familiar with
combustion from previous work and wondered what the kid
had come up with.
"What I saw was very
convincing," Haynes said. Haynes said he felt the
only chance of a hoax might have been in the amount of
fuel that actually was in the tank.
Prior to the test drive Saturday,
reporters and onlookers witnessed a mechanic at Peck's
empty the special,pressurized gas tanks, and pour two
gallons of fuel into the tank after it was empty.
Haynes said he was additional
convinced of the system's authenticity by the fact it was
difficult to start the car before heading to Deming.
" The car had to be primed
quite thoroughly in order to run. That gave me the idea
that there weren`t any fumes in the system after
"That was quite convincing for
me personally. If there had been hidden fuel, there
wouldn`t have been any difficulty in starting the
car,according to how he (Ogle) described the system to
Haynes described Ogle as an
"open, earnest" young man "who convinced
me everything he said should be true."
Ogle all along has maintained
nothing but simple trust in his invention.
"It works,"he said
frankly."There is no hoax."
He described his Saturday test
drive,in which a times reporter participated as a
Ogle added with a chuckle that the
return to El Paso from Deming was made with one pint and
two ounces of fuel left in the fuel tank.
"We did pretty good though.We
made 205 miles on less then two gallons," he added.
He said he maintained constant 55
to 60 mile per hour speeds.
200 Miles On Two Gallons Of
"The El Paso Times" El Paso Texas, Sunday,May
By John Doussard
"Once I get to Deming and back
I'll have everybody banging at my door!" Tom Ogle
exclaimed. It was as uncommon sentiment that may very
well prove to be true.
Saturday the 34-year-old inventor
mechanic climbed behind the wheel of his 1979 Ford Galaxy
and headed down the road toward both the dusty New Mexico
town and possible fame, fortune and a solution to the
With only two gallons of gasoline
in the tank, Ogle offered strong evidence that the tangle
of red hoses and tubes racing between the back of the
5,000 pound car and the engine performed as billed:
delivering over 100 miles to the gallon while averaging
close to 60 miles per hour.
Indeed, in a day of automotive and
personal triumph, the only sour note was sounded when
Ogle failed to bring his gas-saver back into El Paso as
planned. On the outskirts of town, just a few miles from
his final goal, a rock struck the underside of the
car,puncturing a filter and allowing the gas fumes the
auto travels to escape.
But it really hardly mattered at
that point. Ogle had traveled 205 miles on slightly less
than two gallons of gas.Some of the precious liquid had
been spilled when first poured in the tank.
"I use about four gallons of
gas every two weeks," Ogle said. "But then I
drive an awful lot."
Actually, Saturday's performance
was rather modest. Ogle claims his system will average
about 160 miles per gallon in city driving, treatment
average of 12 miles per gallon.
"I fixed-up my car, a 1972
Thunderbird with a 429 cubic inch engine, with the
system," Ogle said. "I then took it to
Cloudcroft and back on two gallons, about 200 miles.
"And I still had enough to
drive around when I got back in town."
The odd thing about Ogle's system
is that doesn't add complex gadgets and intricate
gimmicks. Instead, it removes the carburetor, a piece of
the engine long considered sacred.
"Engineers said it wouldn't
work because without a carburetor there's nothing to
vaporize the fuel," Ogle explained during the trip
across the hot dessert. "They couldn't understand
that it's already working on vapors.
"Instead everybody kept trying
to add something to the carburetor while nobody thought
of taking the thing off."
Basically the system uses a
standard engine with a few modifications In lieu of the
carburetor there is a series of hoses feeding a mixture
of gas vapors and air directly into the engine.
Gas in the tank passes through a
series of filters, which stretch the energy available in
each gallon. The ??? also store excess vapors for later
use for up to 45 days. Premium gas is needed, as its
higher octane level allows for more vapors to build.
Not only does Ogle's car promise
more miles per gallon, but he says it will clean the
environment while causing its owner fewer repair
"It will top anything on the
road today, being smoother, better running and more
efficient," Ogle said. "The life of your car
will be two times longer because there will be no carbon
"The carbon comes from
unburned gas, but we burn it all.You won't have need all
the catalytic converters for the air."
Before the journey began, two Times
reporters looked the car over for possible hidden sources
of fuel, and found none. Then a brief ceremony emptying
the gas tank, and after the last drop fell, two gallons
were poured back in.
While only an expert could say for
sure the trip was completed with only those two gallons,
spectators, reporters and other interested inventors
present all appeared satisfied.
"This is the hottest thing of
this century," Frank Haynes, Jr. an independent
engineer living in this area, said. "Engineers have
been beating their heads against the wall to come up with
something like this.
"I honestly don't think it's a
Success at 100 miles per
By Ron Laytner
El Paso, Texas- is a young high
school dropout the most important American inventor since
Will he and the world energy
shortage and show us how to drive from New York to Los
Angeles on$15 worth of gasoline? Or is it all a hoax to
get inventors' money and infuriate the oil companies?
El Paso has been excited ever since
25-year-old Tom Ogle, a simply-educated, home-town auto
mechanic; astounded engineers by converting his car's
engine so it appears to drive 100 miles on a gallon of
Ogle did away with the carburetor
and fuel pump, replacing them with a secret black box he
calls a filter. The super mileage, he said, was due to
his pressurized, vaporized fuel system that injects fumes
directly into the engine's firing chambers.
Engineers have tried but found no
evidence of fraud. On April 30 last year Ogle drove a
1970 Ford Galaxy 200 miles from El Paso to Deming,N.M.,
on a measured two gallons of gasoline. The auto was
inspected for hidden fuel tanks but none were found.
Ogle and his car were under
observation at all times yet the "Oglemobile"
went the distance without stopping for fuel and averaged
100 miles per gallon at 55 mph. Doublers became
believers. Scientists were amazed. Many were convinced
Ogle's claim is legitimate.
Tom Ogle believes his new company,
Ogle Fuel Systems, will soon become one of America's
largest corporations because the world must have his
invention. He plans to have a miniaturized version
installed in test cars by the end of Jul, and expects to
have it on the market within a year, selling for about
$300 a unit, installed.
If he can survive criticism by
giant auto and oil interests he could become one of the
worlds richest men. And he will,according to millionaire
C.F. Ramsey, an international financier from
Longview,Wash., who has backed Ogle with "unlimited
funds" for world-wide marketing rights.
Ogle was easier to meet with a few
months ago but with success he's become reclusive, a
junior Howard Hughes hiding from the press.
Then, he was set up in the back of
garages owned by friends. Now, he is incommunicado,
headquartered in El Paso's most prestigious building and
travelling in chauffeur-driven limousines and corporate
Before he went underground, Ogle
told me, "We've had inquiries from Ford, Chevron,
Shell, Volkswagen and Chrysler and calls from the biggest
retailers in the world wanting marketing rights."
But company spokesman denied contact.
Ogle said he refused one
man,"Said he was the chief engineer for Shell oil
and asked what I'd do if I got an offer of $25 million to
sell out." Shell denies it.
But a spokesman for investor
Ramsey, said many giant corporations had been in El Paso
trying to buy up control of Ogle's invention.
The inventor said he discovered his
fuel system by accident, "I was messing around with
a gasoline lawn mower when i accidentally knocked a fuel
in its fuel tank. I put a vacuum line running from the
tanks straight into the carburetor inlet."THe lawn
mower kept running.
"I just let it run and it kept
running but the fuel stayed the same.I got excited. The
lawn mower engine was running without a carburetor and
getting tremendous efficiency."The engine got hot so
Ogle used an electric fan to cool it and was amazed when
it ran 96 hours on the fuel remaining in the mowers's
He went from the lawn mower to the
automobile engine, converting a car in the same manner,
its engine started immediately but the gas tank collapsed
inward. Many months and reinforced gas tanks later, he
solved the vacuum problem.
But, the car without its carburetor
and fuel pump, had no acceleration. It couldn't run
faster than 20 mph. And the modified engine averaged only
eight miles to the gallon and stalled after 10 miles.
One day Ogle crawled under the
stalled car to examine its gas tank and got a
surprise;"It was freezing cold, like an ice-cube.As
I was sucking vapors out, it was acting like a
refrigerator with liquid on the bottom and fumes on
When he solved the stalling problem
by warming the gas tank with heater coils,the miles pre
gallon skyrocketed to over 100. Tom Ogle hasn't looked
He believes his system is the
answer to the world's pollution problems and has
demonstrated virtually zero pollutant emissions coming
from his engine exhaust at computerized auto engine test
In a typical test, with the engine
running and the speedometer over 55 mph, a jet of clean
hot air, without the usual obnoxious smell, leaves the
Oglemobile's exhaust pipe."You can dry your hair
with it," said Tom Ogle.
After an hours high-speed run,
water in the radiator is only luke warm.And a spark plug
installed before the test comes out cleaner than it had
He isn't afraid of oil
interests."My wife Monika is scared, afraid I'll get
kidnapped. But I'm safe. People still can't believe or
understand what I've discovered.
Ogle said he asked President
Carter's assistance with developing his invention and had
sent the president all the data and test results on his
experimental model. At one point an official with the
U.S. Energy Research and development Administration
declared Ogle's vaporized fuel system contained no
"I think personally, and with
strong conviction, that there is no hoax," said
Richard W. Hern, fuel engineer systems supervisor at
ERDA's research centers at Bartlesville, Okla. on May 6,
1977, after examining Ogle's invention until his patent
and other legal matters were settled.
But later Hern said it was
impossible to get such mileage as the invention promised.
He couldn't say more, he declared, because he was bound
by a statement of confidentiality he signed so that he
could view the invention.
Ogle's noisiest critic has been
Robert Levy, an El Paso physicist who insisted it was
impossible to move a 5,000 pound car more than 50 miles
with the energy contained in one gallon of gasoline. Levy
had stated the Oglemobile was a fraud but lately, as
Ogle's credibility grows, he has backed off, denying he
ever called the system a hoax.
Mack Massey, an El Paso auto
dealer, who claims he's an early Ogle backer, said a
patent search made last year on Ogle's system turned up a
similar General Motors patent approved in 1972. But GM
spokesmen said the company had more than 500 patents
granted that year and would need a patent number to find
out which invention Massey spoke of.Ogle said he received
a phone call from GM requesting permission to inspect the
car. But Joe Karshner, a company spokesmen, said "We
haven't approached Ogle. He has never made a submission
to us and we've never gone to him.
"This is very controversial.
We are interested in anything and everything that would
improve a vehicle's performance. If Ogle's invention is
legitimate we would be interested. He is free to come to
Highly qualified men praise Ogle's
system: John Whitacre, professor of mechanical
engineering at the University of Texas, El Paso, said,
"To me it looks like the only thing leaving the tank
is air vapors, giving better combustion. It's a different
approach working with gas already vaporized."
Another supporter is professor
Gerald Hawkins of Texas A&M University, holder of a
doctorate in mechanical engineering with a background in
gas dynamics and aerospace study, member of the American
Institute Of Aeronautics and Astronautics and The
American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
There is no hoax eliminated the
carburetor and achieved what the gasoline internal
combustion engine was supposed to do all along-to operate
off fumes. I don't know why somebody didn't try this
Another Texas inventor, Frank Read
of Fort Worth, Said he perfected a system to improve gas
mileage and that fights with auto manufacturers almost
broke him. He said he underwent 11 court battles with oil
companies trying to buy of his unit with an agreement he
never build another.He felt Ogle had a long, hard road
In Washington a spokesmen for U.S.
Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D.Wis.) said, "It sounds to
good to be true.But if the Ogle invention proves
feasible, results would be awesome.
"America could become oil
self-sufficient and the drain of oil dollars to the
Middle East ended." said Jeffrey Neddleman,
legislative assistant to the lawmakers who pioneered U.S.
government fuel economy standards.
"The potential benefits are
too great for it to be ignored. The senator is asking the
Department of Transportation to make a thorough
investigation of the Ogle system.' This article from RV
Over 100 miles on a gallon
By Gregory Jones
A 24 year-old inventor in El Paso,
Texas, has the government and the automobile people
taking a close look at his astounding experiment that
could revolutionizing the industry.
Two hundred miles on less then two
gallons of gas?
That's the spectacular fuel economy
Tom Ogle got when he test drove a beat up, 4,600 pound,
351 cubic inch, 1970 Ford Galaxy on April 30 1977, from
El Paso, Texas, to Deming, New Mexico, and back.
It's that type of performance that
Ogle believes will liberate the nation's army of
automobiles and commercial carriers from the bondage of
high costs for fuel. According to Ogle, his system will
reduce to near zero the hydrocarbon and photochemical
pollutants emitted by the gasoline internal combustion
engine and eliminate the traditional engine and eliminate
the traditional carburetor and fuel pump- resulting in
fewer tune-ups and maintenance.
The 24-year-old inventor, who cared
more as a youngster for tinkering around in automobile
engines then playing sports, will have his system
patented, perfected and into mass production within a
year. In the meantime, to convince the doubters, he plans
to equip three late model cars with his new fuel system
(eight, six and four cylinder) and test prove them in the
laboratory and on the road.He predicts the powerful eight
cylinder engine will get 90 to 120 miles per gallon;the
six cylinder medium-sized engine will average 140 to 200
miles per gallon; and the economy four-cylinder engine
will steal the show at 260 to 360 miles to the gallon.
Well, one stumbling block, that
leaves the critics searching for an answer is the monitor
test run. It has been established no hoax was
perpetrated, unless it was of such an elaborate nature
that it escaped the scrutiny of numerous mechanics and
Ogle ran his test drive in West
Texas and south central New Mexico, an arid environment
that combines Yucca of the Chihuahuan Desert, Cotton Wood
of the Rio Grande Valley, and the many types of pines
that speckle the upper reaches of the Rocky Mountains
Before he would begin,the Ford was
closely scrutinized for hidden fuel tank he designed for
his fuel system was emptied of its contents, and a
carefully measured two gallons of gas was poured back in.
The fuel tank was checked for hidden compartments. None
were found. It took ten to 15 minutes to get the car
primed to start, proving all the more that there was no
hidden fuel and that the system had been emptied. Ogle
then drove the low-hanging car out of Peck's Automotive
Service and Body Shop, located in northeast El Paso, and
followed a police escort to the city limits. A caravan of
curiosity seekers followed the vehicle to interstate 10,
which goes north out of El Paso to Las Cruces, New
Mexico. There the Ford test car turned west, and followed
Interstate 10 to Deming.
Ogle summed it up."It was like
one guy commented...that we actually had really done
something when we got to Las Cruces (45 miles from El
Paso)When he hit Las Cruces, we were already going better
than a Datson, "Ogle quipped, then nodded with his
head toward the big Ford Galaxie as if to say:"And
in a car like that!"
Ogle maintained 55 to 60 mile per
hour speeds, and had to climb one steep incline just west
of Las Cruces in order to get up on the mesa which
remains relatively flat for the next 60 miles to Deming.
The "Oglemobile," as the
test car has come to be known,only stopped once in
Deming, where Ogle, his assistant James Franklin, and a
news paper reporter had a cup of coffee"while some
of the other cars got gas." The test run was in
completion when he was forced onto a shoulder along the
highway and a rock flew up and punctured a
"filter"in the fuel line,causing the vaporized
power to escape to the atmosphere.The engine stalled and
the car had to be towed back to "Peck's"
garage."It was still a success. WE proved we could
do it,"Ogle said later.
How exactly did he do it?
Ogle is understandably cautious
about explaining in to much detail what is that makes his
system work. There is still the all-important matter of
getting a patent for his invention, and, until then ,
we'll have to make do with a nuts and bolts description.
First off, the vaporized fuel
system is nothing new.It's been kicked around for 50
years or more. Ogle said he did something that other
inventors and experimenters didn't try, how ever, and
that was to eliminate the standard carburetor. During the
explanations he gave to professional mechanical
engineers, Ogle would proudly come forward, holding the
defunct carburetor, smiling as broadly as a successful
big game hunter. "Here's the carburetor," he'd
say, while the engineers pondered the "black
box" contraption that stood proudly in the
It's through this black box that
the fumes are "filtered" a final time before
being injected straight into the cylinders.Air is mixed
with the fumes both at the fuel tank and the engine.A
mechanical engineering professor from the University of
Texas at El Paso suggested to Ogle that he call his
"filters" something else. "You're not
actually filtering anything," professor John
Whitacre said. "Those `filters' are actually more
like absorptive surfaces or absorptive panels."
Gerry Hawkins, a specialist in high
performance engines, shook his head after viewing the
Oglemobile. "It looks good," he said. "I
don't know why somebody didn't try this before. He's
eliminated the carburetor and achieved what the gasoline
internal combustion engine was supposed to do all
along-to operate off fumes. The idea is feasible,and it
appears he's found a way to make it work." Hawkins
holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas
A&M University and currently is on the U.T.El Paso
"To me it looks like the only
thing that leaves the tank is the fumes," claimed
Whitacre. "That just gives you better combustion.
I'm most impressed.It's a different approach, one that
works with gas already vaporized.Why wasn't it developed
before? Because everybody tried to make the carburetor
work better instead."
Ogle,too, believes that his
invention is something that "could have" been
made to work before but wasn't.
"That's why this system is a
breakthrough, and nobody can really understand what it is
until the engineers have a chance to take it apart and
see what's going on. If you base your arguments on
conventional fuel systems, I could see why people would
doubt this. Mine is a completely different system that
work son energy taken out of the gasoline.The normal
engine takes fuel out of the tank.With this system, you
leave the gas in the tank and take the fumes from that
gas out. The fumes are the explosive part of the
gasoline. The problem is that everybody kept thinking the
carburetor is indispensable to the cycle.It's not."
When asked about the safety of his
system, particularly the fuel tank where gasoline is
heated to generate more fumes, Ogle shrugged off the
question with a strong statement that his fuel tank is
safer than those installed on current models.
"My tank is so thick it
couldn't explode,"he said, pulling back his early
1960's Beatles style hair cut. "I figured it all out
on a computer. You only have about 240,000 to 250,000
pounds of pressure before the conventional fuel tank will
explode. My tank, built of half-inch reinforced steel,
could endure 360,000 pounds of pressure before
blowing.With only three gallons of gas, which is the
maximum any of my tanks will hold,you would only generate
about 240,000 to 250,000 pounds of pressure."
In case of a backfire, Ogle said
the fumes would be vented to the atmosphere via a safety
valve installed in the aircraft hoses that connect the
fuel tank to the engine."If we were going to have an
explosion, I guess you might say that it should have
happened when the car died on the way back from
Deming.But the safety valve automatically went into
action when the engine pressure dropped and vented the
fumes outside the system."
Ogle worked on his system for the
past five years-not an easy task. There were many times
when he wanted to throw the wrench in.
"The only thing I knew I
needed was the pistons to go up and down," he said
gesturing with his hands in a vertical motion."And
all you need for that is an explosion. I sat back and
started thinking what it took to do that.The answer? The
Ogle credits his four years of
training in Kung Fu with helping him to overcome many of
the obstacles with developing his fuel system.Kung FU is
more of a mental attitude," he said, "as
compared to karate or judo which uses force.Kung Fu
teaches you to look for the pressure points, but most
important, to use mind control. It's a styling art. It
taught me not to give up."
The German-born young man, who
looks younger than his 24 years, got off to an unusual
start with his fuel system.He was 19 years old and was
tinkering around on a four-cycle lawn mower. He punched a
hole in the top of the engine's fuel tank, removed the
carburetor (more out of curiosity than anything else) and
inserted a hose into the carburetor jet, connecting that
the fuel tank.
"The lawn mower ran for 96
straight hours at idle speed," he said. "I put
fans around it so it wouldn't burn up." From the
lawn mower, Ogle advanced to the mighty automobile
engine. The principle's the same, only the engine is more
He tried his budding invention out
on several cars, and progressed in stages, having
satisfactorily overcome one hurdle only to encounter
another.The first car a 1964 Oldsmobile was a failure.He
got only eight miles to the gallon.But it was on this
Oldsmobile that he first experimented with removing the
carburetor. He learned then that combustion was more
complete, and that he could extract more energy per pound
of fuel without the carburetor.
"The Olds ran lousy. It had
very little acceleration and, of course got terrible gas
mileage. Most of the time the engine stalled. I knew I
had to get further into the thing." He then designed
a system for heating the fuel tank which solved the
It was back to the drawing
board,however, because he still had a problem of low
gasoline mileage to solve. That's when he came up with
his "filtering" system, which he claims is the
"real key to the system." After designing the
filters he tested the system on his gray Ford
Thunderbird, driving the car on the road and in
laboratory simulation for more than 140,000 miles. The
T-Bird got from 118 to 140 miles per gallon a matter that
didn't go unnoticed by his wife, Monika. "We only
had to fill up about once a month."she quipped
adding that the car got plenty of driving in the city.
The patent Office examiners in
Washington are currently reviewing the blueprints of his
system, however, the question has been raised that a
patent may have already been issued to a person or
company for a system similar to Ogle's.The company that
has come up more often has been General Motors, although
a man named Frank Read, in Fort Worth Texas who said he
had designed a carburetor adjuster that will triple gas
mileage, discovered as many as 19 patents that might be
"similar" to Ogle's during his own patent
search in 1975-76.
"If that's the case,"
Ogle shrugged "why wasn't it on the market? Anyhow,
I honestly doubt that anybody has a filter system like
mine-or has ever thought of it."
The specialist in fuel system
design, who went to mechanical trade school rather than
college,"because I say to many people with there
master's degrees looking around for jobs," said he
would be very interested to know why the holder of a
patent to a fuel-saving system such as his had not put
the invention into production.
Since the completion of his
invention, Ogle has received hundreds of phone calls. One
, in particular, came from a Shell oil representative who
asked him what he would do if somebody right now offered
him $25 million for the system. Ogle's response. "I
would not be interested."
"I've always wanted to be
rich," Ogle said as a broad smile crossed his face,
"and I suspect I will be when the system gets into
distribution. But I'm not going to have my system bought
up and put on the shelf. I'm going to see this thing
through-that I promise."
Ogle has already encountered a
situation that was a disappointment to him.He believes an
official from the federal Energy Research and Development
Administration, who had viewed the Ogle system and rode
in the Ogle-mobile, "took a turn around" after
he went to Washington D.C.
The official, R.W. Hurn, of the
ERDA research lab at Bartletsville, Oklahoma, was
cautious and reserved with his comments about the system.
He said the system was "rudimentary" in
construction and "obviously needs much
refinement," but added, "that's not at all
unusual with new engineering concepts." The one
point Hurn commented on, without reservation, was that he
did not think a hoax was involved. "That's the one
thing I personally feel with strong conviction."
In a statement prepared by Hurn for
U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, he reiterated some of
the statements he had made in El Paso, where he talked
with the press under the hot sun in the back of Peck's
garage. He said, for example, that he had not seen
verified experimented data to support the 100
mile-per-gallon claims of Ogle's, nor had he seen
measurements appropriate and adequate to support Ogle's
claims of engine pollution characteristics. However, the
statement to Bensten contained the following:
"In my opinion, certain claims
(as I understand them to have been made) may be faulty,
but, as stated before, not necessarily deliberately
misleading." Hurn said he also could not make a
technical assessment of the fuel system's potential for
"the whole sounds kind of
fishy," Ogle said, after reading a tele-communicated
copy of Hurn's statement. The government must be getting
pressure from somebody. He said one thing to me when he
was here, and then turned completely around after going
to Washington. I mean, "we knew the system was
impractical at this stage-but it is as far as I could
bring it without engineering help. Hurn said that he
thought things could be worked out. Well, I'll tell you
one thing, if there is a real energy problem in this
country, and they don't consider this system as an
alternative to the problem, then there must not be much
of an energy crisis.
"I realize that it's hard to
break people away from the conventional designs.But if
anybody doubts that my system doesn't work, after we've
proven all the federal standards and regulations, then
they shouldn't buy it."
The young man who opted for
dropping out of high school, but returned later to obtain
a graduate equivalency degree, who studied at the
University of Morgantown Trade School in West Virginia,
who specialized in fuel systems, welding, electronics and
auto mechanics, has the determination to take on all
"I decided a long time ago to
achieve something, and feel now that I've achieved what I
set out to do."
But the battle isn't over.