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Old 11-23-2008, 11:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I bought and sold my first car before I ever got a drivers license, a 1982 VW Rabbit Pickup Truck, I think it gets around 32mpg, then my first car I owned while I could drive was a 1987 Ford Econoline van, put a full 300 miles on it before selling it a year later, got around 17mpg, the first car I put any number of miles on was a 1984 Honda Civic DX hatchback, averaged 42.2mpg over the entire time I drove it, was rear ended by someone going about 40mph and retired the car to the back yard.

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Old 11-23-2008, 12:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Long-long gone Frank. it's a sad story, the old man sold it for 250$ I can't tell you how pissed my brother and I were. That was when I was 18, I'm 52 now buddy. ya, a long time ago.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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...I had a 62 XKE when I was 15 (Lucas electrics UGHH!), ....
Ah! the British made LUCAS IGNITIONS. A piece of engineering history (on how not to do it).

During the great aerial BATTLE OF BRITAIN in WWII, the Royal Air Force lost 792 aircraft.

The Luftwaffe was credited with 50% of the losses and...

... LUCAS IGNITION (which was in all RAF aircraft) was equally credited with other 50% of the RAF losses.

First was a 1937 Ford 2 dr. sedan, three on the floor w/ a 85 hp. 21 bolt, 221 c.i. (3.6L) case iron V8. Mileage unknown.

First Econ was an early Pinto but the best was an 80's Olds Cutlass 4Dr. w/ a V6 4.3L diesel, w/ auto trans. The Olds would carry 5 adults comfortably with 35 mpg hwy. The Olds V8 diesel was a disaster. They took a gasoline V8 and made it into a diesel. The bottom end of the block, crank, main bearings, rods could not the 14.5:1 compression ratio of the diesel. The V6 was a true diesel and well designed.

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Ah! the British made LUCAS IGNITIONS.
All hail Lucas, Lord of Darkness!

The first car I got that was something I really wanted, rather than just what I could afford, was an Austin-Healey Sprite. (Not the BugEye, but the subsequent model.) Probably counts as the first eco-car, too. I think it would get 30-40 mpg, even the way I drove it. Had a couple of other good British sports cars, a Sunbeam Alpine and a Jaguar XK-120, so I've sacrificed much blood on Lucas' altar.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:11 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."
Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
Lucas - Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
The three position Lucas switch - Dim, Flicker and Off.
The Original Anti-Theft Device - Lucas Electrics.
>Lucas is an acronym for Loose Unsoldered Connections and Splices
Lucas systems actually uses AC current; it just has a random frequency.
"I have had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never had any trou..."
If Lucas made guns, wars would not start.
A friend of mine told everybody he never had any electric problems with his Lucas equipment. Today he lives in the countryside, in a large manor with lots of friendly servants around him an an occasional ice cold shower...
Back in the 70's, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which did not suck.
Q: Why do the British drink warm beer? A: Because Lucas makes their refrigerators
Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone.Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb. Joseph Lucas invented the Short Circuit.
Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: Check the position of the stars,kill a chicken and walk three times clockwise around your car chanting:" Oh mighty Prince of Darkness protect your unworthy servant.."
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:13 PM   #17 (permalink)
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so I've sacrificed much blood on Lucas' altar.
Oh as have I; and as have my other English car brethren
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:15 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
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My first car was a 1964 1/2 Skylight Blue Mustang coupe. 289 V8. 3 spd auto. AM radio. Power brakes. White vinyl interior. I bought it in 1974 from a local garage when the original owner couldn't pay for the transmission rebuild they did. I drove it for 2 years until body panel rust accelerated more than my meager repair skills and I sold it for $1K. Years later I plugged the VIN into the Mustang Registry and found out it was the first of 50 made in 1964 with that color/option combo. Skylight Blue was discontinued as a color in August 1964.

My first eco car was probably my new 1979 orange Pinto wagon. "The Great Pumpkin". It carried me and all my stuff back and forth to Louisiana and never missed a beat unitl I traded it for a new 1983 Mustang GT.
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First car was a 97 renault clio. It had a 1.1 engine and wouldn't draw your attention, let alone a load of any kind. I forget what it's mpg was like but i drove it hard so i guess it didnt matter. My first eco car was my civic i guess. Got down to 4.2L/100k over the summer. I recently got a yaris with a 1.4D4D engine so here's hoping i get some interesting mpg out of it.

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