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Unread postAuthor: danielrowell » Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:39 pm

mobile chernobyl wrote:Hey man, I have some snake oil, are you interested?


No thanks, I might tread on uncertain ground, but I take as little quack medicine as possible.

If you want proof, here you go.
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It's a stripped-down Opel T1 that got 376 MPG in a 1973 competition. It accomplished this feat by vaporizing the fuel before it entered the engine, a method similar to those found in the book I mentioned. If the car weren't stripped down, it would still probably get more than 100 mpg.

To JSR and Poland_Spud:
Sorry that it isn't thirties styling, but I think the MPGs make up for the loss in classiness. :D

On a more realistic note - look into some of these creations. http://students.sae.org/competitions/supermileage/

I mentioned something like this on page 110. :?
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Unread postAuthor: Gun Freak » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:32 pm

Stupid electricity... pneumatics rule.
I just shocked myself with 120 volts playing with the vacuum motor. I was trying to figure out how to get rid of two wires that didn't power the motor, but I left the power plug in one time and touched a contact, and got zapped. Hopefully I can start my secret project this weekend... 8)
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Unread postAuthor: mobile chernobyl » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:37 pm

danielrowell wrote:I mentioned something like this on page 110. :?


Oh sorry, I was intimidated by the magnitude of this threads size, and breezed over your post dismissing it as something more akin to this:
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:20 pm

danielrowell wrote:It accomplished this feat by vaporizing the fuel before it entered the engine


And you suppose that feeding gaseous fuel into a carburetor is somehow more efficient than modern computer controlled fuel injection systems, which monitor the composition of the exhaust gas to ensure that complete combustion is occurring? Alright, sure. Hey, while I'm here, my snake oil is 10% cheaper than the stuff mobile is offering and just as high quality, are you interested?
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:24 pm

POLAND_SPUD wrote:What I don't understand is why this is limited to electric cars or hybrids only?
'Yo dawg I heard you're rich so we made a car that costs 35 000$ so now you can save 15% on fuel' :roll:


Do the math. Figure getting 150K miles from a car.
At 30 MPG that would be 5,000 gallons of gas.
At 45 MPG that would be 3,333 gallons.
Figure the cost difference at your projected prices.
At an average of $3.50 per gallon, the fuel price difference would be $5,834.
When I bought my Prius I sold a Mustang. I got much better than a 15% improvement. The extra cost of a used Prius has been paid back several times in savings. My savings is close to $18,000. My car cost $18,000.

Some cars are overpriced and you won't save much if you keep it for only 3-5 years.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:28 pm

It accomplished this feat by vaporizing the fuel before it entered the engine


I say it was 3 gerbils on a wheel hidden under the hood!
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:33 pm

Technician1002 wrote:Figure getting 150K miles from a car.
That's even a conservative estimate, as I'm discovering. My dad has put over 160,000 miles on a 2000 Toyota Avalon, the most significant repair it's needed yet is a replaced front strut, but beyond that regular maintenance and a lack of reckless driving have so far kept it on the road and running.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:41 pm

I find Japanese cars are great for heavy usage, probably why they're so popular down here. We had a 1996 Honda Accord that did about 160,000 miles as well, no significant repairs except for when it was involved in a minor car accident and the front bumper was replaced and some metal bent back in to shape.

My friend had a Mitsubishi Diamante which would've done close to 200,000 miles before they sold it.

Other cars my family has owned in recent times include a 2001 Ford Escape which has been a minor nightmare every few years from leaking brake fluid to a faulty transmission but apart from that been alright and about a year ago we got a second hand 2008 BMW or something which hasn't had any faults as of yet.

I wouldn't buy a European car unless I had a lot of money, even the cheap ones regularly cost more than they're worth to fix since we're so far away from Europe down here. Actually, I'd buy a Jap import European car, usually you can find parts for them at a reasonable price.
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Unread postAuthor: irisher » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:33 pm

I still think you can get a lot of life out of some of the American made cars. I have 173,000 on my 2000 sable and my father has an 86 chevy with 210,000 and they still are used pretty regularly.
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:17 pm

Gun Freak wrote:Stupid electricity... pneumatics rule.
I just shocked myself with 120 volts playing with the vacuum motor. I was trying to figure out how to get rid of two wires that didn't power the motor, but I left the power plug in one time and touched a contact, and got zapped. Hopefully I can start my secret project this weekend... 8)


You'll save a lot of time and money if you just go buy a Fleshlight.
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:21 pm

You'll save a lot of time and money if you just go buy a Fleshlight.
heh I was acctaully going to write something along these lines :D
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:24 pm

May as well join 'em...

Gun Freak wrote: Hopefully I can start my secret project this weekend...
Is that when you expect to hit puberty?

:roll:

Gun Freak, you are aware that all this banter will stop once you build a hybrid, right? I was hoping the video of that 3000 cubic inch hybrid might convert you :D
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:23 am

POLAND_SPUD wrote:heh I was actually going to write something along these lines :D


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Gun Freak, you are aware that all this banter will stop once you build a hybrid, right?


He's right you know, after I built my first hybrid innuendo related insults reduced by 74%<sup>*</sup>

* level of insults did not actually go down
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:37 am

May as well join 'em...
Heh I guess you've got some first hand (?) experience.
http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/viewtop ... tml#252479
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Unread postAuthor: stuffbuilder » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:31 am

When cleaning out your ears, its best to not use a q-tip. Instead, drip some warm water or rubbing alcohol in your ears, let it sit for a few seconds, and then tilt your head so it runs out. Q-tips can just push earwax farther back into your ear canal, potentially damaging your eardrum
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