We are buying a diesel engine van and converting it to run on waste vegetable oil. Touring for years to come without gasoline.
COMMUNITY RECORDS VEGGIE OIL VAN
This vehicle has been our dream for a long while now. Community Records functions on the wavelength of collaboration. We are an open door to new / positive ideas and participation from friends. We love touring and consider it an essential part of our lives and our music. We also have a difficult time affording to tour (as we think a lot of D.I.Y. bands do). It also pains my heart to think that almost every dollar we “earn” from donations and money from the door out on the road goes directly into the pocket of a person and group of people that we want nothing to do with.
Fossil fuels are detrimental on every level. This van is not a final solution to the problem for us, but is a big step in the right direction. Having the ability to obtain “free” renewable fuel for our vehicle will give us the freedom to travel more frequently. We will also have a less heavy of a burden on our finances. The aim of this project is to do this right, and convert the vehicle to be able to function for years to come.
Everyone who donates or who has donated at the $20 or above level will receive a link to listen to and download a LIVE recording of ALL PEOPLE IN 3-D REGGAE DUB. & ALL PEOPLE - COMMUNICATE
On Friday November 16th of 2012 All People performed a full 40 minute set of atmospheric DUB REGGAE at the 3 year anniversary of the coffee clubhouse known as HEY CAFE. 20 minutes of that set was recorded by our friends Ross & Devin. You can hear / download that live recording along with your donation of $20 or above. TURN IT LOUD <3. You will also get a link to download our debut album COMMUNICATE before the release of it on Tuesday Jan. 29th.
Everyone who donates at the $35 or above level will get the all people in 3-D dub + exclusive downloads of both CADDYWHOMPUS & ALL PEOPLE - NEVER RECORDS SESSIONS
Both Caddywhompus & All People recorded NEW MATERIAL at the never records recording project that was hosted in New Orleans in October 2012. What came of the project were rare tracks were cut to a vinyl. Only 2 of each of these vinyl exist in the world. At the $35 donation level, along with your other rewards you will have access to download the high quality MP3s that came from this session.
The kickstarter goal of $7,500 is about the half way mark of what we need to make this vehicle a reality. We have collected about $6,000 in our personal savings, and we are asking you to help us get the rest of the way. Together we will make this dream a reality.
The conversion (with the way we want to do this) will cost about $5,000. The van itself will cost between $7,000 - $10,000. We also want to eventually purchase a trailer. So the whole project will cost us roughly between $13,000 and $15,500 with van/ trailer/ conversion and all. This van overtime will be made accessible to and be used by all of the community records artists. The idea is to have a functional vehicle for the long term.
We have done our research. We are going to work with a company called GOLDEN FUELS who has had years of experience converting diesel engine vans to run on waste vegetable oil. We have also met with a band called THE RAGBIRDS (from Michigan) who are successfully doing this in the way that we want to. They have toured for 4 years this way traveled 150,000 miles and saved roughly $50,000 in fuel costs. As for The Ragbirds experience and suggestion, we want to get a van built with a Ford diesel 7.3 liter powerstroke engine (one of the best for this type of conversion). We will put in a two tank filtration system, and maintain this vehicle with proper attention and care.
Overtime if we network properly we can build a collective of friends across the country that can help us to obtain quality waste vegetable oil (from restaurants who fry anything, even fast food places). We will make our way across the country time and time again with only minimal reliance on fossil fuels and minimal contribution the numerous negative effects of its use.
We have some really fun rewards that you can get for helping us to achieve this. We had our friend OTTO SPLOTCH (artist of the dog logo, all 3 compilations, head above water compilation, and dogzilla design) draw up a mad-max style drawing of our beloved dog driving a van made of corn. Link to photo here. You can win a poster or shirt with this art on it. If we get enough money raised here we will even get a vehicle window decal with this art and the community records logo on it.
Everyone who donates over $10 gets their name handwritten into the interior of this van and printed on the back of the shirt that will be made in association with this. We are also planning the COMMUNITY RECORDS 2013 SUMMER TOUR (with CADDYWHOMPUS & ALL PEOPLE) as the first of hopefully many many tours in this van. Though this kickstarter you can book the tour anywhere across the United States or come on tour with us.
There is plenty of other rad stuff too and if you have any questions at all about any of it before donating, please send us a message on here and ask away. You can also e-mail us at: communityrecords( at ) gmail.com. We will do our best to respond quickly.
This project is only possible if we meet this $7,500 goal that we have set. We know this is a lot of money. We also know that not everyone has extra funds to spare. So no matter what, thank you for reading this, thank you for being here, and thank you for your support. We appreciate any and all help that comes our way.
-Greg, D-Ray, Rob, and The Community Records Crew.
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If we are successfully funded we will still have to obtain this van and take it to get converted. We will more than likely have to purchase this diesel van out of the state of Louisiana. There are enough 7.3 liter Ford Diesel Powerstroke Engine vehicles out there, these specific engines might just not be waiting for us right around New Orleans.
After we obtain the vehicle will certainly have to take it out of state to be converted through Golden Fuels Company. The travel that is necessary to obtain and convert the vehicle will both cost extra funds. We will be making all of this happen as long as we can reach $7,500, but exceeding the goal will only assist us in taking all of the necessary steps to make this vision a reality.
We will also have to start building a network of people and places that can help us to obtain vegetable oil. If you or any one you know has access to waste vegetable oil, let us know! We will stay in touch for when we are passing through your town.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Dec 10, 2012 - Jan 24, 2013 (45 days)
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Your name will be handwritten into the interior of the veggie oil van & will be printed on the back of the veggie oil van tee shirt.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Screenprinted POSTER of original art work (from otto splotch - dog logo artist) for our veggie oil van + the first reward.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $12 to ship outside the US
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Screenprinted SHIRT of original art work (from otto splotch - dog logo artist) for our veggie oil van + the first reward.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $12 to ship outside the US
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The screenprinted poster and shirt. + the first reward.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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ANY COM REC VINYL TEST PRESSING. Your choice. For any vinyl that we have released or will release by February 1st 2013. - except the TFT record :), + the first and fourth rewards.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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THE STAY WARM CARE PACKAGE. - COM REC Dogzilla hoodie + a com rec coffee mug + a small zine of home veggie recipes from Greg & D-Ray + you get the first and fourth rewards.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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A copy of every physical record (Vinyl & CD) that we have released to date. + the first and fourth reward.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $35 to ship outside the US
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BOOK COMMUNITY RECORDS TOUR ANYWHERE IN U.S. - Caddywhompus & All People play where ever you want (as long as you have permission for the space) summer 2013. Book us at your house or favorite space. (anywhere in lower 48 united states). We will bring the PA, the full set up, and a rad show. + first and fourth rewards.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Ships within the US only
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VEGGIE POTLUCK AND A SHOW. The sixth reward + we will show up at the space prepared to cook everyone a delicious vegan feast.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Ships within the US only
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COME ON TOUR WITH US. You can come with us in the veggie oil van for a large part the summer 2013 community records tour with Caddywhompus and All People. We will either fly you to New Orleans and drive you back home, or we will pick you up at your house, and you will ride with us the rest of the way to New Orleans with a plane ride back home. If you're from New Orleans, join us for the whole thing! + first, fourth, and fifth rewards. Feel free to contact us about questions on this. Be prepared for radness.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Ships within the US only
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MARSHALL JCM 800 - 100 watt lead series all tube head. (valued at $1,400). It is in very nice shape. This model is from the late 80s and sounds totally rad. It also has a spring reverb channel and comes with a footswitch. The listed price pays for the shipping in the lower 48 states & you get the first and fourth rewards.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $225 to ship outside the US