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Old 09-28-2008, 08:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hey Guys,

I haven't checked this thread in a while.

Here's an update:

Since getting this truck, I changed the fuel filter, air filter, changed to AMS synthetic oil and filter, removed the belt-driven fan and replaced it with an electric one, and added a partial tonneau cover.

The belt driven fan was replaced with the electric fan pulled out of my Geo Metro being converted to electric. Rather than sell or throw away the fan, I installed it on the truck.

I also made a simple, flat cover that goes over the back of the truck bed. It is just a sheet of rigid plastic I got from a greenhouse that was being remodelled. I can turn it and set it down in the bed if I have some cargo to pick up that would come up past the sides of the bed.

I tried using some of the same material to make a slanty rear cover, but it was too hard to work with the rigid material and get all the angles right. I would still like to explore the idea of making a "wedge" rear out of foam and fiberglass.

I also do some engine-off-coasting, mostly just when coming up to traffic lights.

I am currently getting 30 MPG in the truck.

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