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PostPosted: July 22, 2012, 8:17 am 
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Consider this is basically an open header with a resonator on the end. You might want to test run it just to see how loud it will be at normal driving revs, before spending $$$ plating or ceramic coating the exhaust.

I expect about 10 mpg on average depending on gearing, so stay near a pump. That looks like maybe a 10 gallon tank without expansion space. I'm guessing $4.50 gallon in your area for the "good" stuff with hi comp, so $45 to go around 100 miles if you run it dry.

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PostPosted: July 23, 2012, 11:41 am 
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Yeah, I only plan on taking the car out on shorter cruises anyway. I was hoping due to the light weightedness, the car would get a little better than 10 mpg but on an eleven gallon tank it probably won't get me too far.

As for the exhaust, I want to have the meanest/loudest thing I can possibly have, haha. Build'em fast, fun, and loud.


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PostPosted: July 23, 2012, 3:11 pm 
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I think you'll do better. This car will idle at 40 MPH on level ground. So make sure it's lean at idle.

Consider your neighbors and try not to make to much noise in your neighborhood. You don't really want to piss off all the people next to you...

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PostPosted: July 28, 2012, 6:48 pm 
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Radiator hoses/pipes welded up and finalized.
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PostPosted: July 28, 2012, 10:25 pm 
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andrew484 wrote:
... I was hoping due to the light weightedness, the car would get a little better than 10 mpg...

The light weight does help but the aerodynamics of a Locost is very poor (likely much worse than whatever the engine came out of.) There's that, and not being able to resist flooring it frequently...

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Mileage might be helped if the driver lifts off of the gas pedal when smoke from the rear tires start to restrict forward visibility. This happens right before the engine starves for air due to the dense smoke, which of course doesn't help mileage.

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PostPosted: August 20, 2012, 1:48 pm 
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Started a bit on the body work. Cut and glassed together one of Jack's piece together scuttles. Also bolted together the firewall.
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PostPosted: August 23, 2012, 1:30 pm 
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A little work done on the dash panel.
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Yo, Andrew-
Great lookin' dash, Sir! Well done!
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Only took about an hour on the drill press...
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Beautiful work!

I'm looking forward to the first vid of it doing a wheelstand :mrgreen:

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Yo Andrew-
I agree, beautiful work. You're gonna need your welding goggles on a sunny day though...
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It's been a while and little progress has been made. Mounted the nose and head lights. I have the battery box and bracket mocked up. Started to mock up my electrical box and will start wiring pretty soon.
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Looks great! I love the AW11 in the background, (OLDER PIC). I also love the 351's. Had a Windsor in my Cougar, amazing engines. Walked all over many a 460!

So how are you doing your wiring? MSD? Or factory Ford Duraspark? They are great setups, really. I had a Pertronix (points to electronic ignition conversion) had two replaced under warranty. Used factory Ford, never looked back.

I have lots of older ford full size car manuals. Let me know if you need any wiring info! Or if you wanna ditch it, and put the AW11's 4AGE in!


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I'll be using a Proform GM HEI style distributor for the ignition on the motor. Its nice since its just a simple two wire hook-up. Hopefully it all works ok. I've started it a few months ago on that setup and it seemed to run fine for the couple minutes I had it running.

The AW11 MR2 was kind of my last project. It's running a rebuilt 4AGZE with a custom made turbo setup using a TD04 from a WRX. It ended up dynoing out at somewhere around 215hp at 16psi with a slipping clutch. I believe it should be good to about 230hp if everything held together.
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