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Old 03-29-2012, 05:32 PM   #321 (permalink)
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If you were to add a baseplate, you might as well just fill in the sides and create a true tail.
The baseplate alternative might easily be disguised as a bike / cargo carrier.

I'd love to see some more info on how big to make it, and how far to extend it aft.

My gut feeling says : follow the aero template for size and distance

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #322 (permalink)
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Leaving the tail lights visible could be problematic. I'd rather do the "box" on the rear end, which extended could look like a four-sided Bonneville spoiler.



I wonder how much more benefit you get for lengthening it (within the template of course). If I could make it 20mm or 30mm long instead of the paper's 10mm perhaps it could show a 5% improvement...? That would be about 1-2mpg. But even then I'm not sure it would be worth the time.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:50 AM   #323 (permalink)
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300mm long from the tail lights... we'll see how it goes!

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I think that last experiment looks cool, not sure if it's going to actually do anything for you though.
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Did I see minsnowta plates on the car?
And you are in Michigan ?

If so the cops are going to leave you alone. Not worth the out of state ticket hassle/ your laws might be different etc.
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I think that last experiment looks cool, not sure if it's going to actually do anything for you though.
Thanks, I don't know either but extrapolating from the Coventry data I am hoping for 1 or 2 mpg. I'm not sure if having a longer box and therefore larger vortex/phantom boattail is counter productive, but it's worth finding out.

If I exceed 44mpg in combined driving i'll say it's from the box. Not patient enough to test it right now :P

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And you are in Michigan ?

If so the cops are going to leave you alone. Not worth the out of state ticket hassle/ your laws might be different etc.
Yep. I've gotten pulled over twice here, once in the Rabbit and once in the Probe. I've never gotten a ticket. I'm glad the officer didn't spot the lack of a driver side window, as that is illegal here.
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I was driving home from the supermarket when a black Olds Alero passed on the left. In the back seat was a little girl with a grin from ear to ear, staring at the Probe. It made my day! I like to think this car inspires people to seek more enjoyment in their lives and make the world better one day at a time.

Anyway, after parking I used some of the cones sitting by the parking spot to make it into a triceratops. It's good to regularly let out your inner five year old!


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I like it !

It does seem that our odd cars do make others smile

For my car it depends greatly on age to the reaction I get.
Under 16 love it, get a kick out of it, laugh, really seem to enjoy it.
16-25 it's odd but they have a limited budget so they understand the rational of why it looks odd. But for most people in this age group fitting in matters more then saving $$$

25-55 this is a really mixed bag. Car snobs dislike it. Mini van moms frown at the looks. Guys seem to think it cool but not for me to drive.

55-70 think it's a neet idea and I just must send the car makers a letter.

75+ very much understand the idea of saving money , they lived through the depression, and I tend to get a lecture on " how it's rair to see a youngster interested in saving gas".

Do you tend to see a similar break down by age?
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...a car with the name "Anal Probe" must be "Procto Powered" in some manner or fashion, don't you think?

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