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Old 11-27-2007, 01:41 PM   #387 (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)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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

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07-08-2007, 09:20 Pm

another milestone: first useful trip! & misc update.

Milestone! On Friday I actually used the car on its first useful trip. It was pouring rain, and I needed to get to the store before it closed. Only about a 4 km round trip, but that's pretty much exactly why I wanted to build it - for local trips when I can't/don't feel like using the bicycle. Gotta get it legal before I get busted though. This was my first foray outside the immediate neighbourhood.

- got some threaded rod and secured the front upper rack batts with some angle iron. Got to weld some tabs to secure the rod & it seemed to work out quite nicely (pics to follow when they'er all done).

- dropped the car off at Ivan's on Friday evening - he said he wanted to work on it. We talked about having him work on the rear rack. I'll find out tomorrow what he did.

- also this weekend: boiled some water load testing 4 batts. We have too many sitting around, so I decided to start weeding out the worst ones and recycle them. Used the jumper-cable-to-coat-hanger-immersed-in-water technique. Of the 4 I tested, 2 showed significant voltage sag within 5 minutes under a 90A-ish load. The other 2 were still discharging more or less linearly after 15 minutes, so I deemed them OK (subject to further testing)
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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