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Old 03-05-2009, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a hypermiler from over on the CleanMPG site, but I love all the modding stuff here. I currently have a Toyota Echo tricked up with some mild aero mods(grill blocks, fender skirts, underbelly), and sporting a ScanGaugeII. I'm an engineer by training so I really enjoy all the discussion of mods. Have built, developed, tested and raced sports cars for many of my 71 years. Still doing it! Currently own/race a spec. Miata an Washington D.C. SCCA racing. When not racing I'm traveling the U.S. by motorhome. Great site.

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Old 03-05-2009, 02:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM! Love to see pictures of the "Echo-Ecomods".

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Old 03-05-2009, 03:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM! Love to see pictures of the "Echo-Ecomods".

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Old 03-05-2009, 07:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd post pictures if I could figure out how to do it
At what point are you stuck?
Do you have a digital camera or are you starting from conventional film?
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a digital camera and digital files on the computer. Just haven't given it much thought. I think I see how to attach the pictures to a full reply type msg. I'll give it a try when I get a few minutes spare time.

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Old 03-05-2009, 12:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. The echo is a great little car! What kind of mileage are you getting in it?
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Welcome to the site. The echo is a great little car! What kind of mileage are you getting in it?
You're right, it is a great little car. I bought the AT Echo when our 4 cylinder Metro wore out. You'll note the aero improvements and the SGII from above. I have to have the AT street car because wifey has lots of arthritis in her hands and though experienced with MT, can't really operate one comfortably.

I get up to 68 MPG when I work really work hard at "granny" driving, and do a bit of coasting and pulse and glide. And yes, I'm shutting the engine down some on downhills and approaching lights. (Yes, I know I'm not supposed to coast engine off, but the Toyota owners manual gives me a little relief, and I take it. So far no problem with the level I'm using.) My usual highway goal is 50-51 MPG and I do hit that. With a fair amount of mixed driving, I get down to 42-43 MPG.

I'm trying to prepare a post, with pictures, of the rear underbelly cover that I constructed. After studying the underside of the car, I decided that the area behind the rear axel was the true disaster on the underside. Hope to post in aerodynamics section soon.

Great site! I have been lurking for a while and hope to make some worthwhile contributions.

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