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    Road Trip

    Ok, so I want to drive. Home. To Texas. Problem is I am in Maryland. The trip is ~1600 miles. If I am getting ~11mpg stop and go city driving what is a reasonable assumption on fuel economy on the road? After I get the choke set up and the carb tuned (which I have a month to do) I figure I can get that number up a little more. I was thinking 14-15 wouldn't be too bad of a guesstimate for 60-70 constant speed. Thoughts and comments please!
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      (11-18-2010 09:36 PM)akherber Wrote:  Ok, so I want to drive. Home. To Texas. Problem is I am in Maryland. The trip is ~1600 miles. If I am getting ~11mpg stop and go city driving what is a reasonable assumption on fuel economy on the road? After I get the choke set up and the carb tuned (which I have a month to do) I figure I can get that number up a little more. I was thinking 14-15 wouldn't be too bad of a guesstimate for 60-70 constant speed. Thoughts and comments please!

      Do you have another car? Weather will start to be an issue in another month. 71-73 Mustangs are not known for there bad road condition driving abilities.Sad
      Offline 11-18-2010 09:41 PM
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        Hehe, understandable and I have plenty of time to slow down and work my way through it. Short answer is if it isn't feasible, I am flying.
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          (11-18-2010 09:42 PM)akherber Wrote:  Hehe, understandable and I have plenty of time to slow down and work my way through it. Short answer is if it isn't feasible, I am flying.

          Its feasible, the bigger question is is it worth it to you? If it is I say go for it.
          @15 mpg looks like around 300 in gas each way. Not sure what a plane ticket cost and if you want to be patted down by some lonely airport perv.
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            Its worth it monetarily. Double the cost of the plane ticket yes. It would be worth every penny to have it home. Just want to have a feel for the cost. worst case is i get 11mpg and my gas bill is 500 one way... best case is ~16mpg with a gas bill at 285 one way. Big difference. Just looking for ideas on how much i could look for the improvement on the highway.
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              (11-18-2010 09:52 PM)akherber Wrote:  Its worth it monetarily. Double the cost of the plane ticket yes. It would be worth every penny to have it home.


              Then "GO FOR IT" Plenty of members along the way if you need help. Plan your route if you come through Knoxville and need a place to crash let me know.
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                RE: Road Trip

                I say go for it! I'm getting 14 - 16 from my convertible in mixed city and highway driving. I'm looking forward to making long distance road trips in the future.
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                  RE: Road Trip

                  I would take mine on short road trips, with 4.11 gears (driving around 60mph) I can still get about 13 mpg.
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                    (11-20-2010 01:24 AM)Widowmaker00 Wrote:  I would take mine on short road trips, with 4.11 gears (driving around 60mph) I can still get about 13 mpg.

                    Well that is reassuring. I have 2.75 so hopefully if I can get the fuel system dialed in everything is inline for something hopefully around 15
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                      RE: Road Trip

                      Do you want to leave the car at home in Texas? If so, check everything you can before leaving and buy a gold card membership with AAA. It covers any car you are driving or any car you are a passenger in, plus it gets you discounts at many motels/hotels. I'm in Mustang Oklahoma, just west of OKC, if you need a place to stay or work on the car.

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