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Old 12-02-2010, 07:56 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for your feedback, endurance. It's all quite useful information, and actually almost all things I was planning on doing anyway. I read the hypermiling tips, and almost all of them are things that I was trained to do as a bus driver. This weekend I'm planning on doing a rebuild on the carburetor. A tune up and new ignition will follow as soon as I can afford the parts I want, I'm debating between MSD and Mallory for the ignition parts I want. I do a fair bit of highway driving and need the extra weight for traction during the winter, so I probably won't do too much to drop weight. I do want to eventually replace the 3 speed auto with a 4 speed manual, and since that's going to be a bit expensive to do in the first place, I want to couple the 4 speed manual with a gear splitter overdrive from gear vendors. But as for my goal for the car, I'll just say this "Aim for the stars. If you miss and land on the moon, you still get a pretty good view."

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Old 12-19-2010, 12:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Well, I've done a thorough strip and clean on the carburetor, and replaced the spark plugs, and tuned the distributor. The car is purring like a kitten, if that kitten happens to sound like a full grown bengal tiger. While the rough idle problem has been fixed and the car is running smoother than ever, it now diesels, perhaps it would have before if it hadn't had so much trouble just running at all. This first tank is a waste, I burned half of it trying to figure out the problem with the distributor and only covered about 20 miles. But I still believe that everything can be fixed and I still feel confident in the achievability of a 30mpg fuel economy.

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