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Old 12-30-2015, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New member looking to ditch gas

Hello all,

I have been reading ecomodder off and on for a bit over a year now, and finally signed up when I saw bennelson's post about his high-mileage cheap i-MiEV. I had been looking at a very similar car, so I signed up to ask questions - and went to double-check the mileage and it was gone. Ah, well.

So, a bit about me: been interested in better fuel economy since my first truck, a 1974 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser. It had a Chevy 350 V-8 that got about 10mpg, so I researched every gas-saving thing I could find. Didn't get a chance to try any before I rolled that truck after the Halloween Snowstorm a while back in MN. Replaced it with a bone-stock 1979 FJ40 that did a bit better - 12-14mpg. Had that for a long time. For a while there, I also had a 1987 VW Scirocco 16V that did pretty good on gas. Sold it to a cousin. Got a brand new 1998.5 Dodge Ram 2500 quad-cab longbed 4x4 with the Cummins 24V turbodiesel, 3.55 gears and 5-speed manual. Got 22mpg right off the lot, and then averaged about 17mpg after the power and economy robbing recall they did after the EPA caught Cummins (and others) cheating. Sold that after 75,000 miles to my brother-in-law. Borrowed a spare car from my parents for a while until I bought the 1999 Chevy Prizm I have now. It had 47,000 miles on it. Has 167,000 on it now. Sometime in that mileage I sold off the FJ40 carcass (I had taken it apart to "restore" it, but had no money, so it just turned to dust... ) The Prizm burns some oil, but not bad, and still averages over 30mpg in mixed driving. The struts are *gone* and it is starting to dissolve and it just isn't the car I want to work on.

I'm looking for a replacement car, and I would rather not have it burn fuel. Used EV's are getting cheaper and cheaper. If I can find my old 1974 FJ40, I might compromise and run it on E85, though it would only get 8mpg until I could fit it with aluminum high-compression heads or a modern flex-fuel V6. What I really want to do is convert an FJ40 to an EV. (EVJ-40? F is the designator for I-6 gas engine...)

Huh, guess that was less about me than about my cars... I'm an engineer, still a gearhead but a conflicted one because climate change, and find most new cars utterly boring. I like the classics, but don't like their fuel thirst nor their lack of safety features. (I'm a Dad 2x now, so gots responsibilities other than just me...) Not sure how active I'll be on here - my interest in forums comes and goes, but figured I ought to say Hi at least, and thank y'all for a lot of interesting threads. I like to research the heck out of things, and some posts do just that.

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