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Old 02-11-2009, 01:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Great work, Sepp. Looking forward to a report on fuel economy.

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Old 02-11-2009, 02:33 PM   #22 (permalink)
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i don't have a scangauge or anything, but when i had my rooflights i never was able to reach 700 km with one 65-70 liter tank. wich meanth i was doing 9.2 to 10 l/100 km.

after removing the rooflights i was able to reach 800 km per tank (theoretically, as i had to refill each time before the tank was nearly empty) but the amount left given by the gauge told me i could have reached 800 km.
wich meanth between 8.12 and 8.75 l/100 .

now i have only done about 150 km since i have the cap on, but by the eye i can see a difference on the gauge. as it is split in 4 quarters i always do 200km per line. and now even though only 150 of the 200 km of the third quarter was done with the cap on, i did 220 km before reaching the line. wich can give a vague estimation that now i could be around 7 to 7.5 l/100km! that would be great! lets hope reality is not to far away from that!

btw the EPA for that vehicle is 10.7 l/100 km, so i would be 33% under

ps, most of the miles i do are of the worst kind, several times a day i drive between our two farms, wich are separated by only 2 km, so the engine never gets hot. and when i take the highway (wich is at 500 m of where i live) to go get my GF, it goes up verry steeply for about 2 km, and the engine temp needle usually only starts moving up once im 2/3 rd up the hill.
and to make it worse, my dad drives it aswell and he aint no hypermiler at all

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Old 02-11-2009, 03:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:34 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Hey, SnugTop has an aero canopy! Ironic as it may seem, its for the Hummer!!! LOL!!

http://www.snugtop.com/products/imag...e%20Dealer.jpg

Well, at least there is hope for the rest of the world if the Hummer folks have one.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:12 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Hi Sepp;
Great job! I just found this thread - wish I'd had a chance to give you some tips on handling the fiberglass. It really can be a lot easier. I'd have unrolled full-width cloth across the wood, and for polyester, really heated up the wood. Then, I'd pour a puddle of resin on the middle, and quickly squeegee it out to the edges. By using unwaxed resin, you get a tacky surface that will bond well to a coat of Gel-Coat over that. The final coat has wax mixed in to keep air off the surface and allow a full cure.
The Gel-Coat is easy to sand, polish, and patch as you go for a perfect finish. If you can't arrange to spray it on, a coat with a notched trowel, followed by a coat with a regular trowel might work a lot better than brushing it on.
Epoxy is excellent for waterproofing to eliminate swelling, provided it is a continuous coating. I often keep leftover, mixed epoxy in the freezer to use for touchups - if it is properly mixed, you just have to heat it up and wait for hardening. It does not have a sudden transition like polyester.
For truck caps in general, I keep hoping to see a side-hinged unit made of lightweight Coroplast.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:49 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Looks great

Rear-view cameras for cheap are available from China: DealExtreme: Driving Aids (Page 2)
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:57 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Nice work! I bet you could find a rear view camera cheap online somewhere.....
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:59 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:16 PM   #29 (permalink)
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luckily that cap is being cancelled by that kayak



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I like that one^ Can't wait to get started on mine.

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