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Old 06-15-2009, 09:50 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I did well coming home today, 70F in the sun again. I got to cheat a little bit because for the first time in years, I got to follow someone going 45 on this highway, so for the first 12 miles I got 37.8. But I ended up with 37.0 by the time I got home, so the remaining 13 miles which was normal got me basically 36.2 which is still a little better than normal.

Attached is a pic of the rear now. Awhile back I added backup lights which I found in a spring cleanup pile.

I did look at taking it a point, but that would have been like another 2 ft longer. I wanted something I could still get through a parking lot, and something I could fold back to access the trunk if needed. It might be something worth trying sometime just for kicks, taping on an extension made out of cardboard. But if I wanted it longer permanently, it would be super easy to just weld an extension on and move the taillights and plate back.

Thanks for the compliments Aerohead.

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or does Vettelebrity sound better
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Celevette, I kinda like it

Summer is officially here, with real temps for a change. It has been 70-80F every day, and probably about 50F mornings. Since then every day I have gotten 35-37 mpg to work and back at 50-55 mph highway speed.

Last week I banged my head under a different car I was working on and had to go get a cat scan. I was ok to drive, was just having head pain when sneezing or straining. Had to drive about 50 miles out of the way since our insurance is not accepted locally. But I got about 45 mpg there, and 38 or 39 mpg back. Good deal, plus the cat scan turned out fine, they said just to keep ice on it every now and then.

MPGs are definitely better than summertime last year. I bet I can get 40+ going downstate, gotta go sometime this weekend, probably Sunday.

Next thing I am thinking of is rear wheel skirts, but I will have to come up with something a bit different than typical, since the wheels stick out some. Also there is a little side play in the factory setup that I have to account for, this is still GM's first design of a FWD midsize car rear suspension.
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higher mpg

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I did well coming home today, 70F in the sun again. I got to cheat a little bit because for the first time in years, I got to follow someone going 45 on this highway, so for the first 12 miles I got 37.8. But I ended up with 37.0 by the time I got home, so the remaining 13 miles which was normal got me basically 36.2 which is still a little better than normal.

Attached is a pic of the rear now. Awhile back I added backup lights which I found in a spring cleanup pile.

I did look at taking it a point, but that would have been like another 2 ft longer. I wanted something I could still get through a parking lot, and something I could fold back to access the trunk if needed. It might be something worth trying sometime just for kicks, taping on an extension made out of cardboard. But if I wanted it longer permanently, it would be super easy to just weld an extension on and move the taillights and plate back.

Thanks for the compliments Aerohead.
Congrats on the higher mileage figures! Now the Men-in-black are going to move across the street from you too! I'll be breathing this local 102-degree air a little easier, now that the "Celevette" is bathing in warmer air also,and reflecting it at the pump.Folks on the road will have even more numbers to feast their eyes on if they dare ask me about "EcoModding." It will be big fun to have you in the "portfolio".Thanks for all you do,and for sharing your work with the global community.Look forward to future posts,see ya,Phil.

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