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Old 06-21-2017, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello from Ohio

Greeting everyone! This is a very cool site- I have been a "lurker" for a long time and am excited to finally join.

I have a '99 F150 4x4 that I use "as a truck"- I haul stuff in it and use it for camping excursions. The current highway mileage is horrendous ( it's a 4x4). I've seen alot of really interesting work with pickups on the site - particularly with bed toppers - so looking forward to learning more.....

Also interested in building my own car at some point- fashioned after the Oldsmobile Aerotech Concept car. Curious what that shape is capable of in CD


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Old 06-21-2017, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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[snip] Also interested in building my own car at some point- fashioned after the Oldsmobile Aerotech Concept car. Curious what that shape is capable of in Cd
According to Pat Durkin, Peterson Automotive Museum, Cd = 0.12:

"Powered by a turbocharged 2-liter Oldsmobile Quad 4, it was driven by A.J. Foyt to set a new closed course record lap of 257 mph. Cd = 0.12

Petersen Automotive Museum - Los Angeles, CA"


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According to Pat Durkin, Peterson Automotive Museum, Cd = 0.12:

"Powered by a turbocharged 2-liter Oldsmobile Quad 4, it was driven by A.J. Foyt to set a new closed course record lap of 257 mph. Cd = 0.12

Petersen Automotive Museum - Los Angeles, CA"
.12 is impressive! I guess the only thing close is that VW XL1 car...
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Welcome, study the aero forum. That is probably your best gains on the highway.
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Seein's how you're trying to wring better numbers from a full-size 4x4, you've got an uphill climb, but looked at another way, a gain of 1.0 MPG represents a much larger percentage boost for you than, for instance, me.

Start a garage page for your truck, it helps with keeping track of how the various mods perform. Tell us more about it so we have a better idea both of the truck's "mission profile" and what kind of options are on - and off - the table.

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Seein's how you're trying to wring better numbers from a full-size 4x4, you've got an uphill climb, but looked at another way, a gain of 1.0 MPG represents a much larger percentage boost for you than, for instance, me.

Start a garage page for your truck, it helps with keeping track of how the various mods perform. Tell us more about it so we have a better idea both of the truck's "mission profile" and what kind of options are on - and off - the table.

Jump in, the water's fine.
Thanks much! Right now I'm pretty fascinated with the "Aerocivic" thread. You are right about the truck-- and it's probably not going to be a terribly inspiring story, but I would like to know what the "basics" might do for it, as well as things like smooth wheel covers, a turbulence-taming "aero" bed topper, and even a belly pan? ( would like to keep the current ride height)
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I have a '99 F150 4x4 that I use "as a truck"- I haul stuff in it and use it for camping excursions.
Do you have to haul items that you couldn't fit inside a van or an SUV? If you don't have this compromise, a camper shell would likely be quite good.


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The current highway mileage is horrendous ( it's a 4x4). I've seen alot of really interesting work with pickups on the site - particularly with bed toppers - so looking forward to learning more
Bed toppers can do wonders when it comes to aerodynamic improvements in a truck.


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Also interested in building my own car at some point- fashioned after the Oldsmobile Aerotech Concept car.
Many folks on this board are also interested in building a custom car at some point, including me

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