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Old 02-07-2013, 02:43 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by phh View Post
Forgive me, my impression of cars from that era is that they are very heavy and not best for efficiency. No?
True, but I suspect the efficiency bracket that this vehicle will fit into will be a different one from, say, a Prius. For what it is, it will be extremely efficient.

Also, removing the default equipment (engine, axle, etc. etc.) and replacing with modern components might save some weight, due to alloys and the fat-trimming that modern pieces have undergone.

That said, I don't think a modern diesel will necessarily be lighter than the cast-iron gasser it's replacing.

EDIT: It's also important to remember that a modern diesel engine will return much more torque-per-gallon of fuel than the old tech.

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