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Old 08-12-2011, 10:44 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I had a disappointing result this week. Still above 50, but not what I was hoping for. Had two bad traffic days right at the end of the week that drug the SG average down by 4mpg, then I used a different station to fill at, and it pumped much slower, so it probably put in more fuel than a normal first click fill, but it should even out next week if I can get on another roll.

Yer doin great Deathtrain! You'll be in the top five in no time!

You better hope I don't get crazy and do a MTX swap If only I could EOC........

Your guys freindly competion has caused me to really improve my driving.
I've found some clever ways to minimize the losses at the begining and end of my trip. If I can implent then, then I can usually see a couple mpg improvement on that paticular trip.
So I'm thinking of getting an additional engine coolant heater so I can enter lean burn imediatly. And thinking of doing some under body panneling. I'm hoping I can keep an above 50mpg average through the winter, but that will be very difficult.
I've found that my new ducted grill block is too big for 50-70 degree weather. It is difficult for it to get up to temp. It is a very effective mod. This tiny duct is much more effcient than the giant un-ducted grill that Ford made. I'll need to close off some of it for the fall.

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Old 08-12-2011, 11:41 PM   #62 (permalink)
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on my grill i don't know if I want to go any more. I found out that with my upper grill done that the fan comes on a lot now more. I know when you do the grill that you want to find that good balance of blocking and keeping the fans off to reduce the alternator load.

So until these 100+ degree temps go away I know for next year. When it starts cooling off I will do some more to the front end and end up in the winter with the full block.

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Old 08-14-2011, 04:10 AM   #63 (permalink)
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Impressive numbers with an auto. I'd never disable my AC or PS. I like comfort. A while back the PS return hose on my Buick somehow got to rubbing on the right CV joint, wore through and suddenly no PS. Ugh! Steers horribly even on the freeway. I was sooo happy it wasn't the pressure line. Would have to take out half the stuff under the hood to replace that. I got by with cutting a couple of inches out of the hose and inserting a brass fitting.

I had a Cimarron that would just die whenever it felt like. With no power the thing was like an unguided missile. Very high rolling resistance too. My Buick Century gets better MPG than the Cimarron, with a bigger engine and higher weight, coast down from 65 to 45 takes about three times as long in the Buick.

As for DWB, I used to drive a lot between Weiser and Grangeville, Idaho. 156 miles, non-stop. At the time there were only four stop signs on that route. When there were no nutcases on the road I could make the run in my 1977 Mustang without ever touching the brake pedal except at those four signs. Coasting down Whitebird Hill at 55 MPH at idle was fun. Didn't have to use the brake or gas, just let engine braking hold it back. Quite often some speed demon would blow past me at the top, roaring into the turns then hitting his brakes. I'd be right on his tail at the bottom of the hill.

"Who would want to buy a car with wheel skirts anyhow?" Ask any 1948-1954 Hudson or 1949-1957 Nash owner! From 49 to 56 Nash even had the front wheels fully or partially skirted. Such Nashes also used to be in the top finishers in economy runs.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:28 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Wow, you 100% over guys really impress me.
Very very well done.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:33 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Good to see you this weekend Ty. Now i just need help eccomodding my 2007 Vovlo VNL 780 semi. Any???????
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:49 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Got a pretty good result this week, but not enough to catch the "Train"

Next weeks tank will bump off a 46mpg tank, so that should bump up the average pretty good...
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Almost got you, Ty. Short fill to give me enough room for a 600 plus mile trip over the weekend. Going to do it in one tank. All highway 4 or 5 toll booths each way. Might just put me into the 10th position.
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:21 PM   #68 (permalink)
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No doubt you will get it, just a mater of time

You guys are just going to force me to go over the top
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Got a pretty good result this week, but not enough to catch the "Train"

Next weeks tank will bump off a 46mpg tank, so that should bump up the average pretty good...
I don't know, this week was vacation for me so I will be honest and do a short fill to stay on my weekly fill ups. all i did this week are about 5 mile round trips. I didn't go any place today so i didn't see the need to drive just the the gas station. I have to go get a new fuel pump for my '65 in the morning then head to the store for the weekly food run.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:40 PM   #70 (permalink)
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Sorry Ty. Guess you gotta jump a little higher. We need more 100%ers. I'm tired of buying all the drinks. 'Train, you're next.

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