Week of November 26th - December 2nd, 2007

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Right Lane Cruiser, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Ken I know what you mean about hearing a cool muscle car.;) I would love to have a Barracuda from the '70's with a Hemi or 440 but, if I had it, I would be afraid to drive because of the horrible gas mileage it would get, err, not get, as the case may be.:p

    My son has the Prius at his work changing the oil so I took his car(my old Saturn) to the bank today. It was 24F when I went and 26F by the time I got back. The winds were from the SE at 5-10 mph. The trip there was 55.6 for 7.0 miles and I took a scenic route home(OK, I missed driving the old beast:D) and got 68.1 by the time I got backed into the garage over 7.7 miles. It should be interesting to see how my son does.:)
  2. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    wow, larry, nothing like dad setting the bar for the son :D
  3. kngkeith

    kngkeith Well-Known Member

    This truck was a conventional cab straight truck with a 26' van (box) body. Picture a Penske do it yourself moving truck and you're pretty close. No aero aids, a drivetrain set-up for city driving. Empty weight about 13000 lbs. The trucks they use are max rated under 26,000 to stay under CDL driver requirements. I grossed about 17,000 southbound and 21,000 northbound. These trucks should easily do 11 mpg if they were configured correctly, and 13? in the hands of the right driver. The gearing in the truck yesterday had it running at maximum HP rating at 65 mph. But even loaded I could accelerate from 40 mph on a incline and avoid downshifting. This tells me that the engine had the power for longer gearing. The automatic itself is a fuel thief.

    I'll message you the next time I get something. It most likely would be in a straight truck. Unfortunately, 80% of my semi business has disappeared in the last 2 months (3 customers: a buyout, a traffic pattern switch, and a product discontinuation). This may be the end. If you want to tool around in the semi it may have to be in my neighborhood.

  4. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Speaking of dream cars, I wonder what kind of economy you could get out of a NSX. I was talking to a new engineer at work last week about the two cars she had been driving. She usually drives an 07 red S2000, but she had driven a very slick black Del Sol for a few days.

    She said that she and her husband were "really into Hondas". Her husband has a NSX.

    The meeting resumed so I didn't get a chance to ask if that was his everyday car.
  5. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Geez, Larry! You must have some awesome terrain to manage 68mpg in 26F weather!

    Looking out the window I see that my terrain is now completely shot. I'll have my first snow on the road trip tomorrow so I can attend Church. I'm really not looking forward to that... :(
  6. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    Theres a raleigh area meet for the subaru owners club... I'm thinking about going ;) If I can't drive one everyday, at least I can go look at them :D

    Well I finally got the HAI installed and like I want it. Drove to the store to pick up some heavy duty velcro for my engine compartment sealing up mod (that I stole from Randall ;) ) and I noticed that I was having signifigant difficultly holding speed at MPG levels that I was at before. Its really strange but cruising in town my mileage almost seemed worse...

    I drove to my parents house and I pegged the iFCD at 150+ for the first 3 miles... although it was at slower speeds. I couldn't seem to manage 120 at 45 like I did yesterday... today I was going ~35 while pegging, but if I speed up to 45 the mpg's went down to around 100.

    Not sure if it was wind related or the HAI. I did notice a small but noticable increase in IAT, which was reading ~95 when I got fully warmed up... it would typically read 80 before the HAI mod. Its still warm here so I'm not quite sure I need it during my commutes during the day, and the drive to work is so short, I'm not sure it would help much. I'll leave it on to give it some more testing.

    Anyway, average from my house to parents 114.6mpg over 11.2 miles.
  7. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Well ,my son got home with the Prius and he did very well.:) He said he got 72.? on the 12.2 mile trip there and i saw the SG was reading 72.5 when he got home. Due to the moving around he had to do to get the car into and back out of the shop, the daily average is at 70.2. The temp is now all the way up to 26.8F:rolleyes: so he did excellent. He recovered from 5 bars to 6 this morning but the trip up the drive way on the way home brought it back down to 5.
  8. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Wow, conditions have deteriorated a lot in the last few hours.:( I should have stayed home because the average is down to 66.5 for the day and the weather can't seem to make up it's mind whether it wants to snow, sleet, or do some freezing rain.:(
  9. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I had just 3 fairly short segments today. The temp started at ~40F and was 45F by the time I got home today. The winds have been variable fro SE-SW from 5-15 mph. I had 64.6 on the 5.2 mile trip from home to church. I went to the station to fillup after church and got 38.6 for the 1.3 mile trip. From the station to home I ended up with 98.4 into the garage. According to Sean's handy calculator;) this gives me 72.0 for the day.

    I think the SG is pretty well dialed in. It showed that I used 7.51 gallons and I pumped in 7.52 gallons. I had 3 pips showing after 549.0 miles for 73.0 mpg. How long until spring? Are we there yet?:D
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Larry:

    ___Conditions sucked last night but at least it is calm this morning. If your conditions were anything like mine, you had one heck of a smoking run!

    ___I took the Accord and picked up my son. I then drove to my parents with a slight accumulation on the roads and a lot of side wind. 42.x into their drive. On the way back, it was during the white out with 1 - 2 inches on the roads that had not been plowed and those that had were a rutted slushy mess. Just 28.4 back into my drive :rolleyes:

    ___Note to self. During the next period of poor winter weather driving conditions, forget about it :)

    ___Good Luck

  11. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    wayne, i wrote that note to myself a LONG time ago. that's why i have been parked at the computer for two days. hubby came home from work late last night, he works 12 hour shifts on the weekend. i asked about the roads, and i should have known better, since he always says they are fine. then i noticed this morning he drove his pickup........:p
  12. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    This stuff stinks.

    I wasted a good 1.5mpg just trying to get back up my driveway when I got home. I had to give up, get the shovel, then fire up and try again.

    Plenty of snow, ice, and wet roads the entire time I was driving. :(

    21F (9F windchill), 13mph wind from the WNW, partly cloudy:

    1. 42.1mpg for 17.0mi (Home to Church :()
    2. 28.1mpg for 2.5mi (Church to Culvers)
    3. 17.2mpg for 0.2mi (Culvers to Cub)
    4. 43.9mpg for 18.5mi (Cub to home where I couldn't get up the driveway :eek:)
    5. 7.1mpg for who-knows-what-miles (Bottom of driveway to garage)
    My tank is just getting hammered. It is now down to 46.9mpg over 375.4mi with 8.0g left and the guess gauge shows 5/8ths.
  13. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    First snow of the Snowplowing & Salting Season... always a treat :( since something that you least expected is going to go wrong, and the the stuff you figured might go wrong, also goes wrong. First off, 26.5 for the day including some errands, back and forth to the truck yard: rain sleet ice snow wind traffic.

    The adventure started with having to scrape about 3/8" - 1/2" ice off the windows of the snow/salt truck. Then it wouldn't start, just clicky clicky of the starting relay, with no dimming of the lights so full battery. Should be since its 2 weeks old, along with new alternator. Now this truck has a unique starting mechanism: the key thingy is broken and unrepairable so you use a pair of needlenose pliers to push in the starter rod thats on the top of the steering column: it takes a tight grip and a tough push. Checked that stupid Ford starter wire and that was fine, so got ticked off and just kept push release push release clicky clicky for about 3 minutes and then it finally caught.

    Then there was virtually no heat, followed by no heat. Loading up salt was relatively uneventful, except for the faceful of ice, slush, and water attempting to remove the protective tarp from the top of the salt bin on the truck. Brisk? Refreshing? Frozen Face? Fueling up went fine at least.

    On the way to the first salting account, driving eastbound on Oakton coming up to Lee Street/Manheim Road, the light changed yellow about 5-7 lengths from the intersection, no problem stopping from 25 mph right? Would be, except that the brake pedal went STRAIGHT TO THE FLOOR! :eek: Thank God that the light didn't hit red until I was halfway through and no one jumped the instant their light turned green. I pumped the pedal a couple times gently and got some braking effort back in time to stop for the car in front of me at the downed rail crossing gates. One block later, I eased into a gas station, gently on the brakes, parked it by one of the pumps and went in for brake fluid. Turns out after getting a nice lady to push on the brake pedal while I watched, that the brake line crossing over to the right front wheel had holed at a support clip.

    Neighbor's son came out with some tools, we tried crimping the line shut but it just kept disintegrating... even tried crimping the line up by the master cylinder: it too just fell apart. Disgusting, since these lines were less than 2 years old!! Went back to their shop to scrounge for a bolt to fit the master cylinder to block off the fronts and at least have rear brakes...couldn't find a darn thing the same size and thread until... I spotted an old SPARK PLUG from a leaf blower... ground off the hook, ground the electrode down a bit, took it back to the truck, wrapped a little thread tape on it, screwed it in, tightened it gingerly, and VOILA!! NO LEAKS!! :D Good pedal on the rear brakes, and decent stopping power, but not great. I'm used to DWB, and always have driven that way with loaded trucks, and now it was even more necessary... finished all the accounts and took it back to the yard with no further difficulties in that truck other than I couldn't feel my toes.

    Took another truck then to plow a huge church lot out in Barrington, and other than it blasting me out with heat and a sticky mostly non-working plow lift switch, everything went pretty well... including neighbor bought breakfast at Denny's :D
  14. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    OUCH! Sounds like a no fun day to say the least...

    My commute this morning was rather uneventful. Had a tailgater even at the wee early morning hours I drive to work at now to avoid traffic. I was only going 5 under but non the less I got a rear view window full of high beams.. Yay for tint ;) flipping the switch on the rear view mirror and I could only see the faint glow of headlights :D

    Got to work with a measly 72.5. This tank is going to suck compaired to my last one. Its getting colder, although nowhere near as cold as some of you all are seeing.. I think it was low 30's this morning. My HAI isn't routing as hot of air as I'd like so I need to move it a bit closer and infront of the cat I think.

    Slow day at work (yay!) gave me plenty of time to play around with making the covers to cover up the holes in the engine bay where the steering rack makes its way through...

    Looks mighty spiffy if I do say so myself. I havn't attached it yet so I can get some pictures up tommorow when I get off work. Hope it gets up the coolant temps a few more degrees and most importantly increases my IAT (which is the main reason I wanted to do it)

    Got word today that my new ride will be here in late march. I won't spoil the fun but its mighty pretty :) I'll post some pictures of it when I get some. I have a name for it already. I'll give you a hint, my Insight is called "Blake's Little Red" the new ride will be called "Blake's Big Red" :D
  15. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Sean, sorry to hear about the snow in the driveway. The sub-50 trips are also probably pretty infuriating as well.:( On a more positive note, my son just got back from a trip to BestBuy which is ~ 50-50 city/highway driving. He tried out a new route that allowed him to drive on mostly 4-lane roads in the city portion. He ended up somewhere over 50 mpg for the trip.:)

    Ken, you came to mind last night. We were watching the movie "Snow Day.":D
  16. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

  17. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    Oh no... think bigger... MUCH bigger ;)
  18. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    Fire Truck?
  19. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    Yep :)

    If you want to see a rough idea of what it will look like... New Truck

    My Truck company is being reassigned as a ladder truck :) Obviously the lettering will be different on our truck when its delivered, but thats about what it will look like.
  20. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    wow, can ya hypermile that? looks like it's here in minnesota, based on the name on it.

    i just checked the weather, and we are supposed to drop below zero tonight. then i get to try out the snowy roads, and i really dread my commute on days like this.

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