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Project 1977 F100 - New radiator + electric fan!   Project 1977 F100 - New radiator + electric fan!
Australian bobo333 has been fixing up a 1977 Ford pickup with LPG (propane) conversion to use as a shop/tow vehicle, and this project thread documents general repairs as well as efficiency modifications. Construction of an aerodynamic bed cap starts at post #48 and early results are in: his first fill up since adding it was a record best.
By bobo333 - 156 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Lean burn Honda Civic sedan: 93 Civic d15z1 swap into LX 4 door (VLX)   Lean burn Honda Civic sedan: 93 Civic d15z1 swap into LX 4 door (VLX)
4-door efficiency: slownugly is buttoning up this project where he took the lean burn engine from the iconic Civic VX and swapped it into a sedan body. "Goals: 50 MPG average while maintaining stock appearance. It will be the economy sedan Honda never made in this generation."
By slownugly - 181 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

A new record MPG for Ford F150 with aerodynamic cap!   A new record MPG for Ford F150 with aerodynamic cap!
By bondo - 39 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Cruising at 60+ mpg @ 60 mph   Cruising at 60+ mpg @ 60 mph
Continued modding & diligent driving has this 1998 Civic DX coupe close to the "60 @ 60" milestone. "Averaged 64.x mpg over 250 miles, and my speeds varied from 55-60 mph. With a few more good aeromods, maybe my long sought goal of cruising at 60 mph and 60 mpg is almost in reach."
By California98Civic - 46 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Tested: The Most Efficient Way To Accelerate With An Automatic (Toyota Matrix)   Tested: The Most Efficient Way To Accelerate With An Automatic (Toyota Matrix)
mechman600 has been doing some pondering, and some testing: "The question that has plagued me for a while is, what is the most efficient way to accelerate this automatic transmission up to 60 km/h (37 mph)? Slowly? Quickly? Today I finally got around to executing a test using my ScanGauge-II. What I found was quite surprising..."
By mechman600 - 57 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

P&G EOC gains 20% mpg on the highway   P&G EOC gains 20% mpg on the highway
PaleMelanesian did some quick testing to see how much fuel he saves with the advanced "pulse and glide" driving technique on the highway vs. driving at the same average speed using cruise control in his 2009 Honda Fit.
By PaleMelanesian - 30 replies
In forum: Success Stories

neighborhood going to the tails (spotted a 2nd gen. Prius with a boattail on my road)   neighborhood going to the tails (spotted a 2nd gen. Prius with a boattail on my road)
Another boat tail project - this one is notable for its cost (about $100) and clever mounting arrangement. And it shows yet again that a proper design on the rear of a 2nd generation Toyota Prius can return a 10-12% improvement in fuel economy at highway speeds.
By Weather Spotter - 37 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics


"Short-shifting" a Jeep Patriot & Audi A4 CVT (forcing early "upshift") saves gas   "Short-shifting" a Jeep Patriot & Audi A4 CVT (forcing early "upshift") saves gas
Does your car's automatic transmission have flappy paddles? What about a manual shift gate or shift buttons on the steering wheel? If so, you may be able to save fuel by wresting control from the computer over your upshifts. MetroMPG shares his experience in a Jeep and an Audi.
By MetroMPG - 7 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

Under two liters for the first time (That   Under two liters for the first time (That's 121.07 mpg US @ 54 mph avg. speed)
Vekke has accomplished the significant goal of beating 2L/100 km on the open road. Fill up showed 1.94 L/100km @ 86.9 km/h average speed. That is 121.07 mpg (US) at 54 MPH avg speed.
By Vekke - 34 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Getting the most out of lean burn (Honda)   Getting the most out of lean burn (Honda)
Honda engines with lean burn capability can return seriously impressive cruising fuel economy numbers. Greasemonkee has been modding his Civic VX to expand the lean burn "window" and now he's getting lean burn earlier & more often under a wider variety of conditions.
By greasemonkee - 54 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Golf cart based electric motorcycle build.   Golf cart based electric motorcycle build.
The Goal: Build an electric motorcycle that can reach 60-65mph for under $1,500.
By Ryland - 104 replies
In forum: Fossil Fuel Free

Prius 15   Prius 15's are better than aftermarket 17's! (Wrong wheels/tires can wreck your MPG)
They may look nice, but... Prius owner Wyatt was shocked to discover how much worse his fuel economy was with aftermarket wheels and tires, compared to the factory ones. Both sets had practically the same circumference, so he attributes the MPG penalty to increased aero drag and rolling resistance.
By wyatt - 107 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Finally broke 60 mpg (bone stock   Finally broke 60 mpg (bone stock '95 Honda Civic VX)
New member Bugzilla scored a dealer-maintained, bone stock Civic VX and through driving technique alone surpassed 60 mpg (US) on his 4th tank. Next up: vehicle mods!
By Bugzilla - 10 replies
In forum: Success Stories

MG Midget + Geo Metro 3cyl = MGeo   MG Midget + Geo Metro 3cyl = MGeo
This ambitious fabrication project starts with a '71 MG Midget receiving a Suzuki 1.0L G10 engine (from a Geo Metro). Additional mechanical and aerodynamic mods follow, including a focus on weight reduction. The Midget is a very small and light car - stock is only 1500lbs. The goal is to get weight to ~1200 lbs and aim for super high MPG.
By nimblemotors - 250 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

15 more PSI = 7% better MPG   15 more PSI = 7% better MPG
Cbaber is happy with the results of going from 30 to 45 PSI: "This tank was the first with the tires pumped up to 45 PSI. I originally had them at 30 PSI. The only thing that changed was the tire pressure, and I managed 45 MPG instead of the usual 41-42 MPG. That's about 3 MPG, or 7%."
By cbaber - 125 replies
In forum: Success Stories

500 mile tank, 1996 Accord 5-spd (= 38 mpg US, vs. 25 mpg EPA)   500 mile tank, 1996 Accord 5-spd (= 38 mpg US, vs. 25 mpg EPA)
After retiring his Civic, Bruce illustrates how a manual transmission gives a motivated eco-driver a lot more options for improving economy. He beats the EPA combined rating by over 50% on his first tank of fuel in an unmodified stick shift Accord. Add modifications on top of that, and watch the numbers climb further!
By brucepick - 8 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures   Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures
Increased air pressure reduces a tire's rolling resistance - but is more pressure always better? Coast-down distances are measured for three different kinds of tires, with pressures ranging from 20 through 70 psi.
By MetroMPG - 112 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Electric Clutch Power Steering   Electric Clutch Power Steering
4ringcircus describes the project: "I have added an electric clutch to the hydraulic power steering and now can switch it on and off with the push of a button! My truck is a '97 Ford Ranger extended cab, 4x4 with the 4.0 OHV engine and manual 5 speed transmission." The results? 1 - 1.5 more MPG.
By 4ringcircus - 63 replies
In forum: DIY / How-to

>50 mpg w/ 3/4-ton pickup   >50 mpg w/ 3/4-ton pickup
Diesel Dave describes the driving techniques plus vehicle mods that allowed him to break the 50 mpg mark (on the admittedly optimistic factory-installed MPG gauge) in his 2007 Ram 2500 Quad Cab. He adds, "A year ago I never thought this would have been possible. A year ago I was excited when I got over 30 mpg for the first time."
By Diesel_Dave - 75 replies
In forum: Success Stories

MetroMPG   MetroMPG's Honda Insight boat tail extension (cardboard) tuft video; ABA test +9.7%
MetroMPG used CAD (Cardboard Aided Design) to make a 'temporary' aero tail for his Insight. The project thread includes a video of tuft testing the completed tail, and an A-B-A test that showed a 9.7% improvement in fuel economy at 80 km/h (50 mph). At that speed, on a level road, the car can now achieve 110+ mpg (US).
By MetroMPG - 226 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics





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