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Old 04-02-2014, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Workstar - '01 Ford Windstar SEL
90 day: 20.12 mpg (US)

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2001 Ford Windstar work van

Greetings all. Just wanted to show everyone my Workstar and what I have done and plan to do. I am a mobile mechanic and after driving a full size van for a year averaging 16 mpg I started hunting for something more economical. I got the Windstar for $650 at 92k miles needing its third transmission. Was able to get a used Jasper reman for cheap with all its updated features and its been flawless since. With all my gear it weighs about 4900 lbs and unfortunately I cant do much about that aside from making sure I keep it cleaned out of old parts.

First easy mod was removing the roofrack and upping tire pressures to 44. Next I made an upper grill block. The van has never gotten hot according to the factory coolant gauge. Last week I installed an injector kill switch and a pushbutton starter switch so i can easily kill the engine while coasting to a red light. And just last night I installed a front air dam salvaged from a Saturn L series bumper. I just clamped it in place and drilled through my bumper and used the Saturns plastic push pins to secure it. Its not very tall so I may extend it down with some lawn edging.

My future mods are:
Front pizza pan hubcaps
Rear wheel skirts
Rear belly pan
Some type of Kammback

Testing or results are very hard to determine because I do such erratic driving. Sometimes I'm on the highway all day sometimes its all 25mph city.

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Old 04-03-2014, 08:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice work! Hope it saves you some money, too.

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