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Old 11-27-2007, 12:44 PM   #292 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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03-29-2007, 08:07 Am

Thanks, Rick. We at project ForkenSwift aim to please!

The budget is looking great, actually. We estimated $1400-$2k total. To date we've spent somewhere around $950 CDN, with the single biggest expenditure being the forklift @ $340 (after scrap refund), followed by the (deeply discounted) machine shop work @ $250 to have the coupler made up & adapter plate fitted. If our used battery arrangement works out (ie we can get our minimum target range from them) we can avoid what will otherwise be the biggest expense.

But the kicker is: left over from scavenging the forklift we have three valuable motors: an 8 inch pump motor, 12 inch drive motor, and a 6 inch permanent magnet motor (from the PS pump). And a good authority says the 2 bigger motors are worth some coin - a good proportion of the total spent to date Haven't decided what we're doing with them yet.

Plus we've still got some used Metro ICE related parts to try to unload (like a new-ish gas tank).

Having said all that, it looks exactly like a $500 electric car.
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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