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Old 07-28-2007, 11:29 PM   #11
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I'm a total motorhead. I have this Honda at home with a bunch of aero mods. When I'm feeling really good about its performance, sometimes I'll take it as high as 60. It's a beast. I think that it may have too much power for me to handle though. Maybe a nice 1.5L four banger will do the trick for me.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:33 PM   #12
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hmm well speaking of pickup trucks and turnign wrenches: behond what i ddi for 7 hours today:





lol well its my partial daily driver 95 chevy s-10 4 banger 5speed that ive done some performace mods to which all have sie affects of increasing MPG (everyone wants to have better get up and go AND better mpg) and some slight body mods to. the primer spots is trying to fix some rust holes.. (salty winters *sigh*) but that i am hauling there is the engine and 3 speed tranny out of my 1929 Ford Model AA truck. my latest long term project. flat head 4 cyl makes about 24-30 somehting hp, yet the truck has a one ton load capacity. i have plenty more pics but id clog the form with all of em...

and my short term/almost done project is my 1980 chevy chevette. 4 cyl 4 speed car that gets 37 mpg bone stock. ive done zero mpg mods to it...up first is going to be efan since this car just has a fan bolted to the pulley, no clutch or anything.

lol i swear im going to be stuck with 4cyl cars/trucks forever. i plan to once the chevettes engine dies (not anytime soon 59,900 origional miles on it even tho its 27 years old) drop the ever poular buick 2.8 L v6 in it i think it is. give the car a bit more pep and make itinto a partial sleeper. (could fit a 350 in there if i wanted to but too much sleeper!)
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:30 AM   #13
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I still have my first car too, a 1976 Triumph TR6 convertible that I picked up very cheap from the original owner when I was in high school. Unfortunately after a couple years of driving I decided I really had to do a frame off restoration (as it wasn't exactly inspectable with 2 whole feet of completely missing frame), and finally just last year (or maybe 2 years ago) I got the body back on, I still haven't hooked up fuel or put the seats back in, it's so close and yet it continues to sit, it hasn't been together or run for at least 9-10 years. The fact it's at my parents and I just had my first child means it probably won't get much more work anytime soon either.

My engine project involves swapping a 5cyl 2.2L Turbo engine from my '86 Audi 5000 Turbo Quattro into my ~2500 lb '84 Audi 4000 Quattro. I haven't even pulled the motor yet, both cars are sitting at my parents and the word 'someday' constantly goes by. But 'someday' it will be refreshed with a larger turbo and full EFI management (Megasquirt). So that's my boost fix, even though it sits.

Then of course my daily driver work truck, I don't do much to this but may do aeromods just to see how much I can get out of a 2 ton truck.

And my MR2 I picked up because I couldn't pass it up ($300 delivered), but that was 9 months ago and I still didn't get to replacing the clutch (which was why it was cheap).

And my '88 Kawasaki Ninja 600R, a very awesome twin cam engine that makes 85HP in 600cc, that runs awesome but I lost the muffler (long story) and would rather sell it to fix and drive the MR2 (just as fun except I get to drive in shorts and sandals), the goal is to get the MR2 up to the bikes 45MPG.

And lastly a '79 Suzuki GS550 I just picked up because it was cheap but I'll probably part (even though it looks awesome).

So I guess I qualify as more of a packrat than a motorhead as I only get to turn a wrench once a month or so, but I'm a dreamer with a pickup truck (a requirement for a packrat).


Unstable Bob: that 4 valve V8 head sounds very cool, I love the OHV design for it's compactness but love DOHC for it's flow and power (and efficiency), it'd be great if you could combine all this. I've also really gotten to like the VTEC idea, I wish I could get a cam cut with two profiles sandwiched multiple times (and then to activate you just get a pressure or electromagnetic actuator to push the camshaft forward a bit to switch the profiles). Also my father still owns about 4 LT1 Caprices, I've had 2 older 9C1s in my life time but finally sold them in the last year or so (to try to minimize my projects)....
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:32 AM   #14
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I'm a total motorhead. I have this Honda at home with a bunch of aero mods. When I'm feeling really good about its performance, sometimes I'll take it as high as 60. It's a beast. I think that it may have too much power for me to handle though. Maybe a nice 1.5L four banger will do the trick for me.
You should get a 1.3L festiva or 3cyl Subaru Justy :-). Actual coolest 'economy' car I just found out about was the mid 80s Mitsubish Mirage, I forget exactly what size the engine was 1.3-1.6L or something) but it had an absurdly small turbo piped in. Not only does this really move the super light car but at half boost is should boost the efficiency some (since it's basically using waste energy). Now I just have to find one.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:16 AM   #15
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I like the fact that I can fairly easily combine both HP and FE in one car with mine. My ultimate goal is to have a 13 or 14 second car that does 30+mpg. Not too difficult to manage, because so long as I don't up the displacement, and only mod the exhaust and boost systems, I'll not change FE capacity much at all.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:34 AM   #16
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I wonder, I mean with EOC and P&G, the more power (even if less efficient) just means you can get to a cruising speed faster to between glides. As long as you have good aero and rolling resistance it shouldn't hurt too much.
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Old 07-29-2007, 03:13 PM   #17
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Have a '67 Mustang in the garage. It's not technically mine, but I put a lot of sweat equity into her, and she's won us 5 trophies at car shows. My Dad and I have restored three other Mustangs, one of which was my daily driver in High School ('68 hardtop), and another of which was my Dad's DD ('73 Mach 1 351CJ 4v with 5-speed).

My next car will be '62 or older - I like my Focus, but it reminds me of all the reasons I wanted to get away from late-model cars in the first place.
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Old 07-29-2007, 03:24 PM   #18
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You guyz have a lot of neat things going on!
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:36 PM   #19
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haha i got way to many neat thigns going on right now lol.
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:33 PM   #20
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Here I am - out of the closet.......- don't talk about them much except my avatar as they are my passion but if people knew then I won't have my tree hugger internet reputation, looks like I just ruined it all

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