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Old 02-17-2016, 06:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I own a 1982 Austin Mini (recently rebuilt) and have always had an eye on getting good fuel economy once the car was finished. It has a Austin Metro 1275cc engine and runs premium, carbureted with a 32/36 DEGV Weber. Has electronic ignition and has gotten a usual 28 mpg.

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Old 02-17-2016, 07:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So yours is a mini Mini?

Welcome to the fun, I'm looking forward to seeing what yours can do!


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Old 02-17-2016, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. I'm sure we can help you bump up that 28 mpg.

Have you checked out the 100+ hypermiling tips link up top? Its the easiest and quickest way to improve fuel economy.
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[QUOTE=Fat Charlie;507481]So yours is a mini Mini?

Yes, not a Cooper but its one of the little ones. Pics to come, I've got to downscale the resolution.

Thanks everyone, what's a good target mpg?
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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...Thanks everyone, what's a good target mpg?
36 for now; when you hit 36, go for 40. I believe those numbers are possible with that car.
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Love those old minis. They seem to go pretty good with a honda engine swap from a 92-00 civic or 94-01 Integra!
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40 would be a dream, I can't wait to get that!

yes the honda would be fun as well, i know that the mounting bracket is $2k though hahaha. But the honda engines can be very efficient from what I've heard.
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But the power from the 1275 is soooo enticing. With that little flyweight car wrapped around it, the engine just begs to be pushed.

Yeah, I think 40 is doable. Your carb setup might be too much for it though.

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