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Old 05-12-2012, 07:43 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I filled my Metro's fuel tank for the first time and discovered it leaks. I removed it and it's rusted out [big surprise right?] The fuel level sensor is bad too. The auto stores want $315 and up for a tank around here. I did find one online for $256. Darin, might you have a Metro fuel tank around from your EV conversion?

Instead of being able to spend my time ecomodding the car to try to defend my title, I'll be lucky if it will be mechanically sound enough to even make it to Montreal [and back hopefully].

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I'm all approved to travel on Friday, party like a fool on Friday night, and coast my brains out on Saturday. I'll be traveling alone, will need a navigator, and a spot to sleep on Friday night( couch or even a place to park the car as I'm building it to sleep in the back anyway). I'll be heading back home Saturday night. I did preregister.
Great to hear! You can e-mail me at the address on the flyer and we can work out the details. You can fight for therma-rest/couch/bed at my place for Friday night.

Also, if you can post/send a picture of your car all done up with mods, that'll help me find you a local navigator.

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I filled my Metro's fuel tank for the first time and discovered it leaks. I removed it and it's rusted out [big surprise right?] The fuel level sensor is bad too. The auto stores want $315 and up for a tank around here. I did find one online for $256. Darin, might you have a Metro fuel tank around from your EV conversion?

Instead of being able to spend my time ecomodding the car to try to defend my title, I'll be lucky if it will be mechanically sound enough to even make it to Montreal [and back hopefully].

Just in case you can't find one, Summit sells plastic fuel cells for race cars for about $100, and you can get a sending unit for them as well.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:00 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Just in case you can't find one, Summit sells plastic fuel cells for race cars for about $100, and you can get a sending unit for them as well.
That might be a good option. Thanks for the idea.

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I am wondering if the Tesla Jeff spoke of will be entering the event? It will be interesting to see if it can do the entire 123 mountainous miles of the event route!

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Update on my Metro......



I told myself not to buy any more cars that are rusted out, it's just not worth the time to fix them. And that was the plan...... until the phone rang. It was a good friend letting me know of a car for sale by one of his customers. It was a rusty one for sure but with the 2012 Economy Run season coming up I could not resist the opportunity to own the Holy Grail of fuel economy, a 3 cylinder Geo Metro. The price was right too, at exactly it's scrap value. The prior owner kindly left a note in the car listing all of the problems that needed attention. At the end of the note he said that they called the car Fred.



I brought Fred home and put him in the air to take a look. OMG, what was I thinking?



I came very close to taking Fred to the scrap yard several times, but because it ran perfectly, had a full new exhaust system and brakes all around, I started sorting it out one problem at a time.



The rust extended beyond the rocker panel and into the floor board as well. I had to lift up the carpet and wiring harnes inside to keep from melting them while welding.



So I got to work with cutting out and shaping new rocker/floor patch panels.



I didn't have a piece of sheet metal 36" long so I had to make it a two piece repair panel.



Ready to grind down and smooth out for paint.



Underside of floorboard.



The fuel tank also leaked when it was filled up. Neglecting this repair was not an option because of the top ups used to check how much fuel was used at Economy Run events. Used ones were simply not available from yards around here. So I ordered a new tank for $256 [which more than doubled my investment in this car.]

I also scrubbed out the filthy interior, replaced some bad rear wheel bearings, and repainted the used green hood to white. It's not quite ready yet but I'm getting there.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:10 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Looking good Mike.

Darin- Are you going to be bringing any Ecomodder t-shirts/stickers to the event? I'll take 2 shirts if you do. XL usually fits pretty good.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:44 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Looking good Mike.

Darin- Are you going to be bringing any Ecomodder t-shirts/stickers to the event? I'll take 2 shirts if you do. XL usually fits pretty good.
Thanks Ken. Did you ever get to swapping in the diesel in your car? Looking forward to seeing you up there.
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Mike, I'm really glad to hear that you haven't given up on the Metro. Looks like it's coming together nicely. It has doubled in value with the new fuel tank, and it will surely triple in value when that tank is full!

On my end, I have most of the materials to prepare a chin spoiler/air dam for the Levin using plastic lawn edging. I'm curious how it will work out, and will surely post some photos once I attack the install.

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