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Old 08-22-2012, 12:25 PM   #431 (permalink)
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......I work at Menards........
An old co-worker of mine picked up an architecture job about four months ago. He had been working at Meijer (similar to Menards) for five or six years before this opportunity came along.

I hope you don't have to wait that long to get an ID job, don't waste your talent. Big firms are might be looking for the next bright shooting start they can overwork and suck the life out of - should you be so lucky.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:31 PM   #432 (permalink)
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An old co-worker of mine picked up an architecture job about four months ago. He had been working at Meijer (similar to Menards) for five or six years before this opportunity came along.

I hope you don't have to wait that long to get an ID job, don't waste your talent. Big firms are might be looking for the next bright shooting start they can overwork and suck the life out of - should you be so lucky.
Yeah, I've already come up with two "products" to help us morning stockers be more efficient on the job. The General Manager likes it. Time to read up on intellectual property rights.

Belly pan. I also bought some aluminum channels- like angle iron with three sides instead of two- to use as structure for the middle belly pan. It comes down to fasteners and coroplast supply at this point. I'd like to get that put together before the boat tail goes on. Spent $50 on hardware today- yikes.

Decided not to do fairings behind the wheels while I'm in there- money and time are getting short. I'll get the belly pan and boat tail done and see how MPG is. Found a guy to help me put in some fixed lights.

Also check out my new tires. Another $60 down the tubes.


Belly pan by Tyler Linner, on Flickr


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Old 08-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #433 (permalink)
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Find a local steel supply company, they will carry bar stock at about half the cost of menards.
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Using aluminum with galv fasteners. I'll ask around though, thanks!

Axe Man had those ~5x5 coroplast signs for $8 awhile back but I only had enough cash for two. Shoulda bought out their entire stock!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #435 (permalink)
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Pics. Here's what I started with at 11am.


Before by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

Assembled. $48 in aluminum (purchased yesterday) and $8 in coroplast (purchased months ago). Triangulated. Took some messing around to get it to bolt up, but it's bolted to the bracket I hung from the rear beam. Coroplast pieces overlapped so as not to catch the wind at speed.


Belly Pan, Assembly Required by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

Up and on. Took a little more trimming and tucking. The entire under body, bumper to bumper, is smooth now.


Belly Pan! by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

Looks kinda lumpy but it's a lot better than before and it's the best I could do today.


Underneath by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

From the side. Around 6pm. I also put the rear skirts back on, made a new front belly pan and made emergency runs for more zip ties (500 ct bag for $11 whaaaat) and bolts.


Anal Probe, Side by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

The sides still need to be sealed up (any suggestions besides coroplast and duct tape?). I'll probably have to wait a week or more to put the boat tail on because I spent too much money on this.

Boat tail materials should cost upwards of $150. That's a lot on a $400 car!

Tomorrow I will install the new plugs, plug wires, cap and rotor that just arrived.

I have no more full sheets of coroplast so it's time to go hunting.
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Anybody wanna take a guess what % MPG improvement I'll see?
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I would wager 3-5 %.
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3-5% sounds about right.

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Nice- I was going to throw out 2-5%. Should translate to about 1-2mpg.

Have to fight the urge to put this on insurance and start driving it. Muuust dooo boat taiilllllllll
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A reasonably smooth belly pan was good for just over 2% on my Firefly, A-B tested multiple runs per set (I was genuinely disappointed. Sadface!) http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ly-pan-79.html

But it's going to be different for every car, and I've seen ~4% published in case studies, like this one for an Audi A4:



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