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  • #234014
    willgwv
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    @willgwv

    Hey Chevy/Ford MGTD owners. I see the VW posts stating gas mileage of 30 to 40 mpg. My Chevette powered TD is averaging around 25 mpg. Is that low, high, or average for a front engine TD? Would like feedback to see if my baby is in the ballpark.
    Thanks,
    Will

    #249528
    Mark
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    @mglondonroadste

    I wish I could help here.  My front engine Chevy 283 V8 is bored out, so gas mileage is probably not the greatest.  My gas gauge stays on Full for about 7/8 of the tank full life, then drops like a lead weight to the empty zone.  Plus, my odometer is not working, so I have no clue.

    #249529
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    I’m getting less than 25 with a low-po VW. Needs some carb love, I’m sure. Should be around 28-30 then. The guys claiming 40 mpg are rare, but they claim it so much that a Googler might think it’s typical mileage.

    The Chevette with a stick ought to do a little better than you’re reporting, I’d guess. The original car was rated at a combined 27, but it weighed a bit more than the TD.

    edsnova2012-02-29 13:38:53

    #249530
    Larry Murphy
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    @larry-murphy

      My Chevette based BCW has a two barrel progressive linkage carb. About 24 is the best I’ve got . I don’t really drive for the best milage and do a lot of gearing down just having fun!!!It has a 4 speed manual trans.

    #249531
    Royal
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    @royal

    I think that 25 mpg on the Chevette is about right.

     

    Ed, re your lo-pow VW mileage: I was getting about 25mpg on MiGi but, my mileage improved significantly after I took out the 009 distributor and installed the factory SVA distributor.  I decided to rebuild the engine before I got an accurate # but it was a very easily noticeable real improvement (I am familiar with how many miles I used to get before my gas gauge read 1/4).   Not to mention that it runs better with no ne of the infamous “009 hesitation”.   (Both distributors were timed “spot on” with carbs adjusted although I did have a vacuum leak for both distributors).   
    #249532
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Thanks, Roy. I’ve got a Vac disty & Pertronix. My car idles high since I got it and I’ve been too lazy to attack that little glitch. Probably that’s most of my problem right there.

    With gas coming on over $4 I’ll neglect it no longer.

    Larry: OK then. Voice of wise experience. Thanks.

    #249533
    Montie Henderson
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    @montie

    I was getting about 26 to 28 last summer.  Thats just round town, I stay off the hwys if possiable too much wind.

    #249534
    Dan Rosa
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    @dan-r

    I guess we are all about the same 26.1  MPG the last time i did it on a nice 50 mile +/- trip mostly level with no red lights in mostly 4th. mine has a 1.4 with a Canadian manifold and progressive Holly carburetor 2bbl. mechanical secondary it has a strong pull in 4th. with 410 rear axel. 2nd. to third could use a ratio between them I guess that is why GM went to a 5 speed Clapthe Vauxhall had a 5speed from the begining . I realy don’t mind the milage and enioy all the looks I know all thums up are not for me but for Dixie CupWink 75 last week and my BANNA SPLIT was GOOD Big smile Dan

    #249535
    Steve Crites
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    @ringo

     I can’t help pushing the loud petal and shifting more than necessary on the curvy roads we are blessed with around here.   I don’t check miles per gallon, I get more than enough smiles per gallon.Thumbs Up

    #249536
    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Well I guess mine would be the worst.

    With the cam and carb we get 19.

    I dont care. Too much fun.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #249537
    Montie Henderson
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    @montie

    Hey Bill, I just talked to a guy with a rebuilt Pinto engine, 400 + hsp, turbo, 9000 red line.  He claims it will do low 9’s 1/4 mile and about top speed 180.  Wonder what kinda milage he gets.   I’m lookin to make mine a little quicker, I think this would be over kill. 

    #249538
    Paul Mossberg
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    @pmossberg

    And I wonder how long that Pinto engine will hold together! Shocked

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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    #249539
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Sounds like about 5 miles per engine

    #249540
    Montie Henderson
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    @montie

    Gee I wondering if the car would take flight.  I did pass on buying that one.

    #249541
    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Pretty sure I could take him in an Autocross.
    People keep telling me to throw a turbo on mine, but the current balance of power and weight is quite adequate for what I use it for.  (I will confess I have told a local garage that if they ever scrap the Scorpio behind their shop to let me know.)

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #249542
    ray10
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    @ray10

    would more carb’s help,

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    #249543
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Whoa! What’s that, Ray?

    #249544
    Mark
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    @mglondonroadste

    I think it’s the trumpet section of the Pinto Philharmonic.

    #249545
    ray10
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    @ray10

    what your looking at is a chevy chevette 1.6 with a few mod’s

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    #249546
    Royal
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    @royal

    I thought so.  The original wires were black. 

    #249547
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Webers on a Chevette. If I had a Chevette car I would so want that.

    Hell, I sooo want that anyway! Mileage and drivability be damned.

    #249548
    ray10
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    @ray10

    Ok you so want it it’s up for sale. Just for you it’ll only cost you a 1,000.00 

     

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    #249549
    Montie Henderson
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    @montie

    I never thought of a Chevette as a race car?????  I’ve seen Pinto’s and even a Gremlin, what next a Hemi Yugo?

    #249550
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Quite the donor for an unbuilt TD kit. Not good not knowing if it runs or not though.

    I’m watching to see what it does, but I won’t be bidding.:-)

    #249551
    Dan Rosa
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    @dan-r

    You don’t see all that many dirt track Chevette;s 25 /30 years ago there were alot you could have bought that intake and carb. setup from Chevy and Pontiac racing parts ,,high revving engine setup . makes me see just how old I AM…BUT WOW IT LOOKS GREAT do you have the headers? there were a set of mandrel bent tube headers that were available back then.  Dan

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