Finally got my own...Meet BeBe

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  1. gregnash

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    Hey @Cruiser Jimmy thanks for the update. Yeah it seems that is pretty standard for the trucks one they are weighted down and have some miles on them. Since I just figured out that my ECM wasn't plugged in and that could possibly be a culprit I am going to restart my calcs. I literally have had everything from a tank that runs me about 125miles to a tank that runs me my old average of 180+ miles. All of that within the same driving specs (mainly 90% city, 10%highway.

    I have pretty much come to terms with the fact that I will never really avg. any better than 10-12mpg, when I start seeing 5-8mpg I start wondering what is going on.
     
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    10-12 at altitude with an older engine with bigger tires & hills & bolted on extra weight is normal.
     
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    How's about a truck at altitude (4650') with bigger tires (31s) and no extra weight but a small lift, hitch and bike rack?!
     
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    I def notice a difference in power when my truck is at sea level (more power) vs 4000 ft & higher (less power). Less oxygen at altitude.
    Less power definitely is going to yield lower mpg
     
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    Last fill-up 14.72mpg at 6200' elevation.

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    Quiet you!!! No one wants to hear your shenanigans!
     
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    AND.... All stock with fully operational smog equipment and 30s..

    @Output Shaft is correct. I remember taking Marley from here to Carthage, TX and it felt like I was driving a race car in comparison. BUT, with the new found power came LOWER mpg's due to a heavy foot. So, I threw in the H55F and new Jim C carb, fine tuned some things and was back in the 13.8-15.7 range.

    J
     
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    See now you are just showing off! Definitely have to say that with the computer hooked up she seems to have a bit more pep. Ran the tank all the way down (well until it was consistently reading at the E line) and filled her up yesterday. Took 16.537gallons to fill her up and at that point the mpgs for that tank were rated at 7.1mpg. Looks like I still got some tweaking to do.
     
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    Yeah definitely have something going on as I have driven a little over 50 miles since I filled up on Thursday, again mostly city driving, and my gauge is showing just a hair over half a tank. I did take a look today, since yesterday was spent in contract negotiations and a walk-thru of a new salon for my wife and a couple co-workers, and there really isn't an easy way of getting the secondary off the carb while it is still attached to the manifold. If I didn't have to worry about the little c-clip that attaches it to the linkage I would be good but that section is kind of buried.

    So if next weekend is a little slower and the weather is nice I may pull the carb and do the secondary spring swap to see if I can get it working and see if that helps issues.

    Not really this weekend but this week I finally got around to running the wiring for the butt warmers. Soooooooo nice to have those especially since it has gotten cold with the new storm system coming in, was all of 22* when I went out on Friday morning so by the time the truck was warmed up for work and I had the butt warmers going the entire time, the seat was nice and toasty.
    Then yesterday the wife and I went and wheeled a little bit just to see what the hills were looking like with all the rain we have been getting. Didn't get very far before trails were washed out enough that I didn't want to attempt without knowing that I could easily get ahold of someone for a recovery. At one point she even commented and said that she thought the new PT Cruiser seats and butt warmers were nicer than her leather seats in her '11 4Runner SR5!!!

    Here is switch location for the seats, these are powered by the glove box light so will only come on when lights are one.
    Took some very basic measurements from top of the SmittyBilt console then drilled, ended up being a 3/4" hole that is slightly egged out to fit the switch, then same in the very bottom so wire can route underneath.
    [​IMG]Untitled by Greg Fisicaro, on Flickr

    Then pulled the passenger seat to pull up the carpet and ran all the wiring under the carpet and along the seat mounting line. From there ran it along the door sill where the plastic loom guide is then up to underneath the glove box. From there I installed a Blue Seas dual bus bar (10 mounts total) under the glove box and ran a single power line to power the one side (labeled ILLUM since it is running off the glovebox light). Power for the butt warmers is then routed to two screws there.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Greg Fisicaro, on Flickr

    The box is tucked up and out of the way nicely along with all the lines.
     
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    Ok to the metal working guys out there... (specifically @reevesci) I am planning on grabbing some steel on Friday to hopefully knock this project out this weekend. That rear lip is one of my main sources of moisture in the rear which is causing condensation in the rear of the truck pretty much all the time (along with the leaking windshield gasket and various rust holes... lol). I have quickly checked a couple of the "easy" places to grab steel, HD/Lowe's/Tractor Supply/CAL Ranch, and have only been able to 1/2" x 1/8" steel L-bracket available. There is one steel supply place here in town but it is at the opposite side of town and which makes it hard to get there during their normal business hours. With that said, would there be a major difference with the perimeter seal if I went with 1/2" over 5/8"?
     
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    5/8 -1/2 = 1/8 :flipoff2:
     
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    Smartass....
     
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    I can't say for sure, but I would guess that the width of the strip is less important than the gauge of the metal. It seemed to me like the weatherstripping was made to fit on a range of thicknesses and i was on the very edge of it by going with 20 gauge. My guess would be that you could sacrifice the width of that strip if you chose a slightly thicker piece.
     
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