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Old 08-23-2008, 10:04 PM   This thread is in the EcoModder Project Library | #1 (permalink)
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Chopped & dropped '88 Civic = +5 mpg

Hey, I built my car in 2002, and got about 5mpg out of the body mods. I wanted to do more, but Katrina put my car under salt water for a couple of hours and I haven't been able to touch it since the Huricane. I'm still trying to rebuild my house, and can't do anything else untill that chore is taken care of. I wanted to get more involved with your site a long time ago, but knew that I was unable to do anything with my car. I am now at a point where my house may be finished soon, and I'll be free to participate more soon.

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Old 08-24-2008, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hope you don't mind I moved your post into its own thread. That's a wild looking car.

Not difficult to believe the reduction in frontal area from the chop and improved fineness ratio from lowering would have given you a healthy CdA improvement that you could see at the gas pump.

The only thing I would have done different was mimic the CRX angle toward the rear. But maybe you wanted to keep 4 seats. (Don't you just love the comments from the peanut gallery after all the hard work you put in?)

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Old 08-24-2008, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I built the car, I was mostly thinking about making something that nobody had ever seen before. When I took the top down I wanted it to be really strange and when we angled it like a crx, it really just looked like a crx. But, leaving the original civic angles looked insane. If I ever put it back together I'm going to ocasionally fill the back with overnight gear. (tent, sleeping bags, assorted stuff). So the cargo space will get some use. There aren't any seats in the back only 2 feet tall back there. Thanks for checking it out.
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Wow, interesting stuff!

And I'm sorry to hear about your house, I hope everything gets itself back together for ya soon, , thanks for stopping by ecomodder!
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That had to be quite a bit of work! My cousin has wanted to do that to his 00 civic hatch for a looong time though. I'll have to show him your handy work. Very nice.
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looks like a mid 90's modified car that was left just as it was back when
the styling was hot, and simply chopped the top.. very 90's retro..

trippy lookin, looks like a station wagon.. Magnum Civic anyone?

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Pretty weird, never would have imagined it would wind up looking like a Dodge Magnum Micro Machine.
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That looks really neat! I like it.

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That's cooler than that chopped electric Metro floating around.....very nice work. Sorry to hear about your damage, hope it all works out well. Thanks for posting and keep in touch with us.

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Sorry to hear about the flooding. I haven't been down that way since -- is the region recovering?

Best to you and getting your car back on the road, and life back to normal.

Regarding the Civic -- very nice setup! Excellent chop -- best I've seen in a compact lately.

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