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Old 02-24-2017, 11:21 AM   #41
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Zoom in Jimbo - factory spoiler. LOL
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:40 PM   #42
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Never know what those crazy Swedes are gonna do....
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:22 PM   #43
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3 full tanks of fuel in and around Charlotte once I got post start gremlins sorted out. 19.9mpg, 20.1mpg and today's tank - 20.7mpg. Not too shabby. Time for a longer road trip to see what happens on cruise out on the interstate.
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Great looking build
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:53 PM   #45
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Thx! Kind of funny - perfect weather this morning for a local Cars&Cappuccino gathering - 95% Euro stuff (put on by the local Porsche Club). While I was the ONLY one taking the picture below, there were about a dozen folks gathered around the front end of the beige Volvo parked right across from the Testarossa....but oh the sound when he fired it up.

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3 full tanks of fuel in and around Charlotte once I got post start gremlins sorted out. 19.9mpg, 20.1mpg and today's tank - 20.7mpg. Not too shabby. Time for a longer road trip to see what happens on cruise out on the interstate.
I was curuious what the MPG would be on the LS3. Mine will probably be less, as my '61 is heavier.

I get 22-23 on the road with my LS1 in my '56 convertible.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:23 PM   #47
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I consistently got 25-27 highway with the modded 5.0L in the car. I figure the LS3 will be similar under similar conditions. More displacement -- but more efficient with higher CR and a more contemporary ECU.

Have you had the vert on scales Roger? How much? Weight is a bigger mileage penalty around town than on the highway.....aero is the key there. Although neither of our "bricks" are going to win an aero contest.
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I consistently got 25-27 highway with the modded 5.0L in the car. I figure the LS3 will be similar under similar conditions. More displacement -- but more efficient with higher CR and a more contemporary ECU.

Have you had the vert on scales Roger? How much? Weight is a bigger mileage penalty around town than on the highway.....aero is the key there. Although neither of our "bricks" are going to win an aero contest.
That's for sure!

It's been a long time since I had a weight on it. I may not even be remembering for sure...seems it's around 3400lbs, but that was with the 350 rather than the LS engine. ... I just looked up specs, and 'shipping weight' is 3340.

Shipping weight on the 61 is 3485.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:54 PM   #49
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Yeah - you really have to get em on scales for anything useful.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:43 PM   #50
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Hijack my own thread -

Today, in the DD Fit, I made the NASCAR drafting instructors blush. The end of bike week in Daytona provided this Super Sugar Daddy for my last 40 or miles into Charlotte. Based on diesel exhaust of the tractor -- mega HP -- he set his cruise on 68 mph and never varied up hill or down. PERFECT. And perfect weather conditions. I was never any closer 6-7 car lengths behind him. Ethanol free tank of fuel.



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Old 03-29-2017, 08:00 PM   #51
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Nice. Congrats!!!

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Thanks for the inspiration Andrew!
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Very clean build! Congrats on the article.
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A dream build, right here (though I'd have to go for a wagon).

You did a lot of fabbing to get that motor in there (it looks nearly factory—well done), but are there kits you could have purchased to make it easier? I only know of motor mounts.

I don't have the resources to weld or make parts, but I would love to have a 245 that was by all accounts stock except for the 300 extra horses (heat, AC, quiet exhaust, low vibration, etc). The ideal cruise missile under the radar for road trips.
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STS (Oregon) makes a motor/tranny mount combo - but it's for an automatic, and it's designed around an engine height and exhaust manifold combo that I wasn't particularly fond of. So I just did my own. I found pretty quickly - the challenge with kits is you live with someone else's choices of engine/tranny height/angle, oil pan and exhaust manifold. I wanted the engine as low and as far back as I could get it -- and was able to accomplish that by doing it myself.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:44 PM   #57
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With all the extra torque, wanted a bit less rear roll stiffness, or at least relative to front. Replaced front 25mm bar with a 28mm bar. Replaced rear 25mm bar with a 22mm bar. Had to do some cutting/welding on the exhaust system to clear the new bar which was bent a bit differently than the old 25. But all clears -- exhaust now more symmetrical and clear/quiet than it's ever been. Happy boy.

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