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Old 02-26-2008, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Car and Driver magazine ecomods a Pinto: MPG up +25%

The catch is that the car in question was a Pinto runabout, and the project took place 34 years ago "to ease the fuel shortage" of that era.

Nevertheless, most of their mods still apply today.

All we did was apply some race car technology to a street car. The result: a 25% increase in gas mileage from $10 worth of sheet aluminum, $1 worth of plexigass and a set of radial-ply tires. Gentlemen, man your tin snips.
Everything old is new again...

The Pinto came to my attention in a post Phil made in the "How to decide whether to remove a rear spoiler" thread. He mentioned the C&D article in that context about the "Crisis Fighter Pinto" because it had a sheet metal spoiler added on as part of its list of mods.

Phil must have also mentioned the article to the writer who did the piece about ecomodding this week.

Here's what Car and Driver did:

- "LRR" (radial) tires replaced the OEM bias ply ones
- massive front air dam (2 inches clearance)
- partial grille block
- plexiglass headlight bucket covers
- 6 inch rear spoiler
- removed 2 blades from the OEM 4 blade radiator fan

End results: 18.2 mpg (US) in modded form, vs. 14.6 mpg in stock form, tested @ 70 mph.

Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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