February 29, 2012 at 10:43 am #234014willgwvParticipant
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.
WillFebruary 29, 2012 at 11:12 am #249528MarkParticipant
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.February 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm #249529
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.
edsnova2012-02-29 13:38:53February 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm #249530Larry MurphyParticipant
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.February 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm #249531RoyalParticipant
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).February 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm #249532
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.February 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm #249533
I was getting about 26 to 28 last summer. Thats just round town, I stay off the hwys if possiable too much wind.February 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm #249534Dan RosaParticipant
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 the 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 Cup 75 last week and my BANNA SPLIT was GOOD DanFebruary 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm #249535Steve CritesParticipant
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.March 1, 2012 at 8:37 am #249536billnpartsParticipant
Well I guess mine would be the worst.With the cam and carb we get 19.I dont care. Too much fun.
Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
Autocross & Hillclimb
"Drive Happy"March 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm #249537
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.March 2, 2012 at 9:45 am #249538Paul MossbergKeymaster
And I wonder how long that Pinto engine will hold together!
Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
2005 Intermeccanica Roadster
If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)March 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm #249539
Sounds like about 5 miles per engineMarch 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm #249540
Gee I wondering if the car would take flight. I did pass on buying that one.March 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm #249541billnpartsParticipant
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.)
Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
Autocross & Hillclimb
"Drive Happy"March 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm #249542
would more carb’s help,
http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48March 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm #249543
Whoa! What’s that, Ray?March 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm #249544MarkParticipant
I think it’s the trumpet section of the Pinto Philharmonic.March 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm #249545
what your looking at is a chevy chevette 1.6 with a few mod’s
http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48March 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm #249546RoyalParticipant
I thought so. The original wires were black.March 3, 2012 at 9:03 am #249547
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.March 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm #249548
Ok you so want it it’s up for sale. Just for you it’ll only cost you a 1,000.00http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CHEVETTE-RACE-CAR-W-ROLL-CAGE-SUSPENSION-MODS-DUAL-CARBS-HEADER-/180831682817?pt=Race_Cars_Not_Street_Legal_&hash=item2a1a688101
http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48March 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm #249549
I never thought of a Chevette as a race car????? I’ve seen Pinto’s and even a Gremlin, what next a Hemi Yugo?March 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm #249550
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.:-)March 5, 2012 at 10:35 am #249551Dan RosaParticipant
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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