Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Introductions
Register Now
 Register Now

Reply  Post New Thread
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-29-2013, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Elkhorn, Wi
Posts: 13

The Rocker - '87 Ford F250 XLT Lariat
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Allow myself to introduce.....myself

After having been lurking here and there for some time now, I reckon it's finally time to join into the fray.

My last vehicle was a 98 Ford Ranger, 2.5L 5spd, and with the process of fixing it up and doing maintenance no owner ever did, etc, I achieved a hwy score of 28mpg fully loaded with all my tools.

I'm a mechanic by trade, doing most of my work on-site, so reducing the weight of my vehicle is one of the things I'm unable to do. Anywho, I just parted ways with the Ranger to step up to something bigger, better suited to what I do.

The new vehicle is a 1987 Ford F250 XLT Lariat. 6.9L IDI, 5spd, 2wd, single cab, long bed. Immediate plans are to replace the bed with a flatbed once I have it running again (starter problems). According to the previous owner, it does roughly 18mpg on the highway. That's a pretty big step down from the 3k lb Ranger, but not too terribly bad for a stock 6k lb brick.

I've been talking to Christ a lot about it (he's a friend from another forum I frequent, CustomFighters.com. Motorcycles rock! WOOO!) and what I want to do to make it both more accommodating to my work as well as more fuel efficient. My end goal is 25mpg or better on the highway, and as close to 20 city as possible.

The biggest issue I have is that the only 2 ways I will be able to achieve this will be through aero and any changes I can make that lower my rpm's. I wont be mentioning driving habits because that one is just plain obvious.

Once I have the truck back up and running, I'll start a build thread/mod log/discussion thread, where I will post up my ideas, what I do, and any success I have. Though if I get bored enough tonight I might do it tonight lol.

That's all folks!

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

Old 08-29-2013, 04:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
It's all about Diesel
cRiPpLe_rOoStEr's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Posts: 9,166
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1,067 Times in 937 Posts
Since you have an IDI, would worth to give WVO a try...

An aluminium flat bed is a good improvement for weight reduction, but you might remember it has some gaps which would be better to cover, either with under-bed tool boxes or aerodynamic fairings. BTW have you already considered to get a fiberglass front clip to replace the sheetmetal hood and fenders with and then increase the weight reduction?
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 09:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
Batman Junior
MetroMPG's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 22,053

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 53.56 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)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.34 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,698
Thanked 6,507 Times in 3,371 Posts
MPG instrumentation is the second most obvious thing that doesn't need mentioning.

Looking forward to the project -- those extra-thirsty work trucks benefit most (in terms of dollars saved/less volume of fuel burned) to improvements.

Welcome to the forum.
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 09:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
Master Novice
elhigh's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SE USA - East Tennessee
Posts: 2,306

Josie - '87 Toyota Pickup
90 day: 26.89 mpg (US)

Felicia - '09 Toyota Prius Base
90 day: 48.73 mpg (US)
Thanks: 421
Thanked 606 Times in 445 Posts
Going from the Ranger to the flatbed 250, you're giving up that convenient box into which you could pile your tools. You could consider some underbed toolboxes which would give you locking storage for your gear PLUS a handy anchor point for the many many acres of belly pan that truck would benefit from having.

How much of the flatbed's width do you need? Could you add locking toolboxes to the sides on the deck? You could create an ersatz pickup bed and still have 48+" between the boxes, and bring down a convertible fabric top to keep things smooth and aerodynamic when you don't need the extra headroom.

I'm actually sort of looking at this myself, my old truck's bed has seen better days. Going a route like this would retain the handy secure storage of a cap, if not all of the volume.

Whoops, I see in your other post you've already addressed all this and more. Never mind me, carry on!

Lead or follow. Either is fine.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
Not banned yet
deejaaa's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Texas Coast, close to Houston
Posts: 880

getto - '02 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI
90 day: 53.82 mpg (US)
Thanks: 413
Thanked 258 Times in 206 Posts
get a used GearVenders unit from CL. put one in the 93 chev 3500, 4:10 rear, bringing rpms to 2000 at 65 mph. also put 8R19.5 tires/rims(tall n skinny).
FOR SALE: 02 TDI Jetta- 5 sp: Cooper CS5 at 50 psi, UltraGauge, ventectomy, rear air shocks, mufflerectomy, LED plate light, upper fiberglass grille block, front lower pan, front fairing.
93 Chevy CrewCab 6.5 TurboDiesel, GearVendor OverDrive, 4L80 w/ TCI controls. Now DailyDriver

  Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 01:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
JRMichler's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Phillips, WI
Posts: 980

Nameless - '06 GMC Canyon
90 day: 32.06 mpg (US)
Thanks: 187
Thanked 411 Times in 263 Posts
Here's a thread about an F250 diesel. http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...250-16798.html

Your mileage goals are very practical. Photos are in my profile.
The vacuum gauge plus wheel covers helped increase summer 2015 mileage to 38.5 MPG, while summer 2016 mileage was 38.6 MPG without the wheel covers. Drove 33,021 miles 2016-2018 at 35.00 MPG.
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to JRMichler For This Useful Post:
Christ (08-29-2013)
Old 08-29-2013, 03:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
Moderate your Moderation.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Troy, Pa.
Posts: 8,919

Pasta - '96 Volkswagen Passat TDi
90 day: 45.22 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,369
Thanked 430 Times in 353 Posts
^^^That is a powerstroke. Same engine with some differences, not the least of which being turbo and direct injection.

"ʞɐǝɹɟ ɐ ǝɹ,noʎ uǝɥʍ 'ʇı ʇ,usı 'ʎlǝuol s,ʇı"

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread

Thread Tools

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com