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Old 07-25-2020, 09:07 PM   #111 (permalink)
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aha i wish
Do more than wish, GM uses common commands on all plug ins and hybrids. (That have been tested)

If you purchase an appropriate High end GM compatible WiFi/Bluetooth obdii to Android dongle you can then download a $0.99 cent obdii app called my Volt hold made by Brian Baptista.

Of interest The app has a “Engine Off” button, this functionality (thus far) seems to work on non-Volts as well as Volts of coarse.
This app allows the vehicle to use its built in abilities but under your control when you want keeping braking, steering, pumps and other goodies running normally


If you aren’t afraid of Potentially having to be clearing a cel give the app a test.

Brian Baptista has a volt repair Facebook page and may be able to provide you insight into GM canbus sniffing, but I bet a battery monitor and engine on/off button would make you happy enough by itself

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Old 07-28-2020, 03:34 AM   #112 (permalink)
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What a great project. I like the fact that this car remains so versatile despite the adjustments, and that's how I want to work too. No compromises on usability. Your consumption figures are very good for such a large engine and heavy vehicle. Your best tank average is 76% from my best. And then my car is twice as light, and the engine fits almost 5 times yours. That's how efficient you made it.

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Old 07-28-2020, 11:11 AM   #113 (permalink)
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What a great project. I like the fact that this car remains so versatile despite the adjustments, and that's how I want to work too. No compromises on usability. Your consumption figures are very good for such a large engine and heavy vehicle. Your best tank average is 76% from my best. And then my car is twice as light, and the engine fits almost 5 times yours. That's how efficient you made it.
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Instead of a large atmospheric diesel, you should try a three-cylinder turbo. Then you would have something exceptional For example, a VW 1.4 TDI can pull heavy loads after tuning. With your adjustments and driving, it could double your MPG.
I don't know if a 1.4L three-cylinder would be quite enough to tow 10,000 lbs., but a VW 1.9L four-cylinder might be feasible with proper tuning. And, there are kits available that would allow me to bolt one to my current transmission.

I think a 2.8L or 3.0L Duramax could be cool, too, and would certainly have more power than a small VW diesel. It might also be easier/cheaper to adapt, given shared GM engineering.

I doubt I'd double my MPG with such a conversion, though. I might go from low-mid 40's MPG to MPG in the 50's (with perhaps some tanks breaking 60), but I doubt I'd do too much better than that. At the end of the day, this car is still 18 feet long and nearly 7 feet wide, and still weighs over 4500 lbs...

But, at any rate, the ol' Chevy 350 is still going strong, and I don't feel the need to invest the time and money in a diesel swap any time soon.

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I doubt I'd double my MPG with such a conversion, though. I might go from low-mid 40's MPG to MPG in the 50's (with perhaps some tanks breaking 60), but I doubt I'd do too much better than that. At the end of the day, this car is still 18 feet long and nearly 7 feet wide, and still weighs over 4500 lbs...

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Someone who achieves 40 - 50 MPG with a 5.7 V8 can go much much further with a small diesel. The gain might be the biggest while towing loads.
But, as you said, it's just an idea.
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We hauled some scrap metal to the local recyclers over the weekend (see pics attached). Most of the stuff was various junk that was on our property when we bought it, but some of it was leftovers from various car experiments I've done over the last 5 years or so.

This was the first time I've been able to weigh the car with a trailer and load.
We were at 12880 lbs. when we weighed in, and 8040 lbs. when we weighed out.

The whole family went along (approx. 600 lbs. of people), and there was a tank that they wouldn't accept because it still had the valve in it, and made us take it with us when we left (approx. 100 lbs.?). The car was supposed to weigh 4500 lbs. from factory, but I don't know exactly how much it weighs now--some of the things I've done to it would make it heavier, and some would make it lighter. I'd guess that it's slightly heavier than stock now.

Judging by how it felt while driving, I think that some of the loads of manure that I've hauled for our garden in the past were heavier than this load of scrap.

Still...it's pretty cool to have a vehicle that can both handle 13,000 lbs. gross and get 50 MPG under the right conditions while empty.

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Yes, this vehicle is very impressive, better MPG than would be expected for a vehicle with that engine and tow rating. Gives me hope for my Suburban project.

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