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Old 04-25-2015, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An interesting forum - from a Kiwi

The site seems to have quite diverse topics!

As an intro after 11 years as a computer tech I've spent the last 11 years as a sculptor doing from bone & jade carvings to chainsaw carvings and walking sticks amongst anything else that'll turn a dollar for a living. Was a freezing worker...farm/bush contractor in the 70/80's...sharemilked and did a stint building in the 80's till the 87 crash.

I stumbed across your site researching aero dynamics in cars specifically wheels and their profile effects...reason... I'm prepping to start a Lotus 7/Locost build thats been in the pipeline for a few years now...got to the stage in life & realisation that if I don't "make" it happen now...because the is no tomorrow, only today...and...time can't be saved...because it happens anyway...if I don't do it today, it'll just keep getting put off...always seem to be other priorities...I can easily remember the 70's oil "crisis"(most days anyway) and my first car was a 66 Jaguar mkII 3.8 manual overdrive.

I have a gaggle of mini's..."real" mini's...I have 4...a 78 GT (slightly warmed), 82-round nose, a 75 clubman 1100 and another 74 clubman 1100 also a little pepped up...I have a Cherokee in the drive which no longer gets driven, and have a 2001 3.0ltr Nissan diesel van that gives me 700km on 60ltrs with the EGR removed (it makes a horrible mess of your engines intake runners)...and degrades economy I understand up to 20%.

I can get 750km round town from our Holden Barina (Opel cadet) on 40ltrs, the wife can only get 550km and I've had 1100km from my Toyota Corona diesel. I only boil a cup of water if I'm making a "cup" of coffee...and yes if you drive with your lights on you DO use more fuel...it can! be measured in a "mini".

I could go on but you should get the gist...cheers all

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Old 04-25-2015, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to Ecomodder, errolc!

This is an interesting forum with interesting people with interesting cars. I do believe you will fit right in Looking forward to your Lotus build. I'm not metric wiz, but it appears you are getting good fuel economy with your cars already. Get ready to improve that

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Hey, errolc,

Have you heard about "Max?" For a fuel economy challenge a guy here in the States (Jack McCornack) built a Locost 7 but fitted it with a small Kubota diesel for fuel economy purposes. Then he converted the body to a smoother design and it got even better. According to him it was capable of 100+mpg in regular driving.

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Welcome bro. Lets see some pics of your rides! Or parts! You save even more in NZ when you ecomod with the high price of gas there

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