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      09-19-2014 01:37 AM #1
      I saw this today:

















      While obviously homemade up close it look fairly decent, construction-wise.

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      09-19-2014 01:42 AM #2
      I should know those taillights...what is it based on?
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      09-19-2014 01:45 AM #3
      it appears to be a Geo Metro hatchback (Suzuki) with an extreme chopped roof. part of me thinks its neat, part of me thinks, crazy Californians!

      is that bhtooefr's car?

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      09-19-2014 01:45 AM #4
      I'm thinking a Geo Metro



      Look right?

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      09-19-2014 01:50 AM #5
      It is a 1991 Geo Metro, according to http://smogcheck.ca.gov/pubwebquery/...PubTstQry.aspx .

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      09-19-2014 02:07 AM #6
      Now all he has to do is...





      ... wait for it



      lower it !
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      09-19-2014 02:38 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by tjl View Post
      It is a 1991 Geo Metro, according to http://smogcheck.ca.gov/pubwebquery/...PubTstQry.aspx .
      Convertible, which would make more sense than a traditional chopped roofline. Also failed smog 3 times in 2006/2007



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      09-19-2014 06:16 AM #8
      i hope he isnt one of those tards that coast most of the time, rarely using the accelerator or brakes
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      09-19-2014 07:05 AM #9
      The spoiler on the red mustang behind it is terrible. As far as hypermiling goes I get it, but as a car enthusiast I would never consider it. I enjoy driving too much and I'd rather waste my money on gas then drive something ugly or slow. I wish he spent more time on the front. It looks like a retarded Saturn SL.

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      09-19-2014 07:36 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Snaak. View Post
      Now all he has to do is...





      ... wait for it



      lower it !
      Lol It would probably improve mpg.
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      09-19-2014 07:57 AM #11


      Are those MPG numbers made from homemade stickers? Or just stickers with different fonts?

      I also like the handwritten note about ultramarathons.

      All this makes me think:


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      09-19-2014 07:58 AM #12
      Dose blind spots doe.
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    14. 09-19-2014 08:38 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Yo Teach View Post
      Dose blind spots doe.
      hypermilers dont change lanes.

    15. 09-19-2014 12:48 PM #14
      That light treatment reminds me of the "Jackrabbit" kit car...



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      09-19-2014 12:50 PM #15
      That's... a wide range of mileage.

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      09-19-2014 01:29 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Snaak. View Post
      Now all he has to do is...
      ... wait for it
      lower it !
      that would help mpgees actually.

      but he also needs to put a lens over those lights, that a huge drag bucket sitting on the hood.
      also needs to drop the passenger mirror... and get a better driver mirror.

      like this. but even better if he just skips the outside mirror all together.


      no outside mirror.

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      09-19-2014 01:52 PM #17
      They probably could have bought a used Gen I insight for the price of the mods.

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      09-19-2014 02:02 PM #18
      I gotta ask.......is the labor/material costs to build this monster offset by the increased MPG and subsequent cost savings? In other words, is it worth the effort/money to do something like this just to save a small amount in fuel costs by increasing the MPG?



      It's like the people who sell their paid for 1975 pickup truck that gets 10 MPG in favor of a $30K eco car that gets +40mpg just to "save" money on fuel costs. It makes no sense to me.

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      09-19-2014 02:09 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Uberhare View Post
      I gotta ask.......is the labor/material costs to build this monster offset by the increased MPG and subsequent cost savings? In other words, is it worth the effort/money to do something like this just to save a small amount in fuel costs by increasing the MPG?



      It's like the people who sell their paid for 1975 pickup truck that gets 10 MPG in favor of a $30K eco car that gets +40mpg just to "save" money on fuel costs. It makes no sense to me.
      It's not about costs brah, it's about saving the enviroment!! Atleast he's not funding the terrorists as much as you are!!
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      09-19-2014 02:11 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Uberhare View Post
      I gotta ask.......is the labor/material costs to build this monster offset by the increased MPG and subsequent cost savings? In other words, is it worth the effort/money to do something like this just to save a small amount in fuel costs by increasing the MPG?

      It's like the people who sell their paid for 1975 pickup truck that gets 10 MPG in favor of a $30K eco car that gets +40mpg just to "save" money on fuel costs. It makes no sense to me.
      It really depends.

      The car could probably average 50mpg with minor mods and hypermiling.
      If he got the materials and labor cheap. And can average 100mpg. That is can easily add up to HUGE savings.

      If they are driving 5k miles a year the effort is dumb, or 'just to do it'... like climbing a mountain.
      If they drive big miles per year... you know those people that drive 200 miles round trip commutes, etc... the savings is easily bigger than the time and money to get to this mileage.

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      09-19-2014 06:49 PM #21
      I won't lie I kind of like it, hypermilling is like the Linux of the car world, I guess I'm just a big nerd but its just as awesome as a classic or supercar but is also the complete opposite...
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      09-19-2014 06:55 PM #22
      He's gonna get all the chicks. A real panty dropper

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      09-19-2014 08:55 PM #23
      "like it or not, the bodywork and paint looks top notch."

      I don't understand these types of posts, it's almost as if these people have never seen a true masterpiece in metal. This looks like a hackjob, and judging by the drywall screws it's likely plywood underneath. That's how you build a ****ing ice fishing shanty people. These cars were deathtraps to begin with. Congratulations, it's now a maintenance nightmare and will likely catch on fire. No wonder why you guys are fapping over it.
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      09-19-2014 09:23 PM #24
      I think it's ugly. It is pretty cool that you could build a car that could possibly get over 200mpg. If anything it was probably a fun little project for someone. Some people go to extreme lengths to make their car as low as possible. This guy just went to extreme lengths to get the best MPG's possible. It would be neat to see this guy make another high MPG car but this time do a really good job on it and make it look nice. It'd be cool to say you "made' your own car.
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      09-19-2014 09:38 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Justin_Eshelman View Post
      I think it's ugly. It is pretty cool that you could build a car that could possibly get over 200mpg. If anything it was probably a fun little project for someone. Some people go to extreme lengths to make their car as low as possible. This guy just went to extreme lengths to get the best MPG's possible. It would be neat to see this guy make another high MPG car but this time do a really good job on it and make it look nice. It'd be cool to say you "made' your own car.
      Doing it again, or redoing this one, using fiberglass instead of sheet metal, lapped and shaped to let him put the fasteners inside, and a coat of paint would look pretty decent I think. Probably weigh less too... more miles per gallon!
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