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Old 08-11-2008, 10:53 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Ooooo... here's a what if.... and kind of a lofty one... I could be off my rocker here...what if we had an official Ecomodder project car??? Imagine... we form a team, select a car, the group designs and implements changes with the goal of 125+ mpg (or more)? The group shows the automakers what ecomodding is about and that real fuel economy is attainable. We could issue some press releases, and who knows, some of you guys might get on TV. I'd be willing to contribute a little cash to that project! I think it would be an awesome way to harness the power of the forum and get the word out to the masses. Certainly, there would be logistical issues (geography being a big one), but I think they are all surmountable.

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:28 PM   #92 (permalink)
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LOL - I wasn't even thinking about that, but it would be a nice return on investment!
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:21 AM   #93 (permalink)
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lgtech -

You should put your idea into a new thread. I vote for Ecomodding SVOboy's CRX (without his permission, of course, ).

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Old 08-12-2008, 03:51 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:51 PM   #95 (permalink)
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I just got my BS - Mechanical Engineering, but I'm still working at the auto parts store. I ride my bicycle a few thousand miles a year for fitness, fun, and transportation. I roll with a pair of Daytrekker saddlebags. I would love to figure out how to commute to work on the bike and arrive looking and smelling professional, but until I figure that out, I'll be ecomodding my car.
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I would love to figure out how to commute to work on the bike and arrive looking and smelling professional, but until I figure that out, I'll be ecomodding my car.
My main rules for arriving in what seems acceptable condition are to avoid polyester clothing, maintain a vegetarian diet, and not get into foul moods. A good flow of air around your body is cleansing as well as cooling. Bucky Fuller invented a "Fog Gun" that would degrease hands with just a few ounces of water.

On really hot or humid days, you might have to ride slowly or even use an electric booster on the way to work. Velomobiles typically reduce airflow, but keep your body shaded, which can be a great boon.

You could take advantage of phase-change cooling by modifying an insulated bottle to dispense frozen berries or miniature popsicles. There are also ways to circulate ice water through your helmet and/or vest if you prefer.
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:27 PM   #100 (permalink)
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