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Old 08-01-2016, 04:32 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I was hoping dreaming of ultimately chopping/reclining the roof, along the lines (pardon the pun) of this...



But it's soooo nice, I'm having a hard time with that idea.

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Do you have the history of the timing belt ?
Good question!

And no, there's nothing in the pile of receipts about the belt. But after going through the pile of records, I discovered a multi-year gap. I suspect he would have done it, but it's not worth gambling on (even though it is non-interference).

So that's on the to-do list for sure.

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Old 08-01-2016, 07:51 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Did I mention Thumbup?

As I recall, that car had a mid-engine and relocated axle. Do you have any idea how many ways there are to chop a top? I could enumerate some if you like — forward/reverse slant vs level, how many inches, etc. Have you thought about grafting in a Buick Rivera boat tail? Or Corvette if you want to work in fiberglass.

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Old 08-01-2016, 07:59 PM   #33 (permalink)
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That white chop top belonged to Dave Cloud, it was an electric rwd conversion. It met it's end on a Seattle area drag strip wall.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:08 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Oh! I thought that car went on to become the basis of his electric Dolphin...



http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...hin-13142.html

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I actually saw the dolphin in Seattle several years ago, Dave Cloud is a very talented individual. He has done a lot for the electric car industry in the North West. He has promoted electric car racing, go carts with one lead acid battery, for years.
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I was hoping dreaming of ultimately chopping/reclining the roof, along the lines (pardon the pun) of this...



But it's soooo nice, I'm having a hard time with that idea.
Looks like a CRXFi!
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I met Dave Cloud, but I didn't recognize the name at the time. His Electrathon transporter suggests another approach: stretch it.

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Old 08-02-2016, 10:17 PM   #38 (permalink)
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MPG results = good! And... into storage it goes.

I think I would like to be reincarnated as Dave Cloud.

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MPG results = good!

First (short) fill-up with confirmed odometer and fuel at the top of the filler neck from fill to fill = 3.7 L/100 km = 64 mpg US. Not bad considering no mods (other than a ScanGauge).

That's with gentle driving: probably 30% sub/urban & 70% rural highways with 80 km/h / 50 mph limit. EOC in town, DWL on the open road where practical.

The car is running much smoother since changing the cap, cleaning the rotor & torquing that really loose spark plug.

And that's all the driving it will see for a year or so. The travel permit has expired and it's going into storage.

The Blackfly is back in service! And next up: fix the rusty rockers on the 2004 Echo winter beater and prep it for inspection & for cold weather duty 2016/2017!
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:38 PM   #39 (permalink)
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