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Old 07-28-2012, 10:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by SwamiSalami View Post
yea, i've seen a lot of books about cooking under the hood, so to speak.

the idea seems good in theory, but i'm sure it's kind of a pain in the ass to figure it out, right?
Not really difficult at all: My wife gave me a Swiss Army Watch for Christmas, and I took the metal box it came in, unscrewed one of the two bolts retaining the heat shield above my exhaust manifold, made a hole in the box, and secured the box and the heat shield onto the manifold. I wrap my food in aluminum foil to keep it from contact with the box (to avoid leakage and other issues). Your car would have a different setup for the manifold, but it is certainly simpler than an inverter and wiring and all that. And the energy I use is "free" or at least it would otherwise be completely wasted.
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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