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Old 02-24-2008, 12:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've been following the whole hypermiling thing for months now. I first came about GS when looking for CRX Hf's and got hooked when I realized people could stick D15z1's in them and get amazing mileage. The mods some of you guys perform are just what I'm looking for. Backyard engineering with a degree of scientific rationale...really, the antithesis of most "gas saving" gimmicks out there.

Anyways, I didn't feel like I had much to contribute in the beginning but I've learned quite a bit. Anything mechanical interests me and I figure my interests are bound to be expensive to fulfill. Luckily, I think I found something great here. What better than to have a hobby that strives to save you money...

I found this site after it split off from GS awhile back and I've decided to focus here because the GS members' opinions who I trusted/valued most made the migration.

I drive a '96 Ford Thunderbird automatic, , that gets ~23mpg normal and ~27mpg using mild hypermiling techniques. Ideally, I'd like to switch to a CRX HF before spring/summer gas prices, but that is pretty unlikely (broke college student). I'd set up my garage here, but I fill my tank 13 gallons at a time because it is the cheapest method. I look forward to learning and contributing with all you like minded people.

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Old 02-24-2008, 03:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! I understand the troubles with college studenthood and money... I wish I could afford a z1, but there you have it,
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Backyard engineering with a degree of scientific rationale...really, the antithesis of most "gas saving" gimmicks out there.
Nice summary.

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I drive a '96 Ford Thunderbird automatic, , that gets ~23mpg normal and ~27mpg using mild hypermiling techniques. Ideally, I'd like to switch to a CRX HF before spring/summer gas prices, but that is pretty unlikely (broke college student). I'd set up my garage here, but I fill my tank 13 gallons at a time because it is the cheapest method. - LostCause
Welcome! Now I know where the Lost Cause nickname came from- the '96 T-Bird; right? I had a '95 T-Bird then a '94 T-Bird. They were great cars but when I had them gas was around $2. a gallon. Taking the back seat out, removing extra trunk carpeting, using Overdrive and cruise control a lot, feathering the throttle for early shifts, etc.; didn't help mileage very much.

Last year I sold the T-Bird and got a '96 Aspire (Ford Kia). Double the gas mileage but I sure miss all the power everything.

I was very tempted to buy another cheap Aspire so I could eco-mod it: starting with removing the whole back part and adding a Harley Davidson rear wheel. A 3-Wheel Aspire: I love the thought! I am afraid I would ruin the one I already have.

But I am Trike crazy......... Again; welcome!

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