posted on Jan, 10 2011 @ 10:30 PM
reply to post by crimvelvet
There are lots of stories of modifications made to engines that achieved huge gas efficiency improvements. I have two:
- friends dad (from high school) had gotten a brand new Monte Carlo for graduation back in 78 or so. Two weeks after he got it, he still had 3/4
tank of gas. Thinking it was his gas gauge (moron), he took it to the shop. He was told that his car was being bought off of him by the
manufacturer, and that he was being given a brand new Camaro Formula, and some cash, in its place. that it was a prototype carb that wasn't meant to
be on the showroom floor. He estimated he had gotten about 120 mpg
- old man who built hot rod and race engines locally created a device that you attach to your carb. It was stated by some of his friends that he was
getting 40 mpg in a car that should only get 10 or less (like a 454 or something). he was beaten up and had his device taken from him. in exchange
he was left with 100k. he wouldn't talk about it. but a few of his friends would. i don't think any of them are still alive. that happened back
in the late 60's/early 70's.
My belief is that modern engines are made so complex, and have so many computer controls, that such modifications are made so difficult as to render
them almost impossible. Computer control modules have coopted our ability to really tinker in the garage as much as in days past.
the same with science. So many things are not allowed, and if you do try to do some garage science, you risk a visit from the feds.