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Bluey II

Lifetime Fuel Economy: 28.8 MPG(US)
90 Day Running Average: 0 MPG(US)
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General Description EPA Values
Year: 1989
Make: Nissan
Model: U12 Bluebird 2.0i
Trim: ZX
Vehicle Type : Gasoline
Curb Weight: 0
EPA City: 19
EPA Highway: 24
EPA Combined: 21
Description
A U12 Nissan Bluebird which I have just bought in New Zealand! It has a CA20e engine - fuel injected, 2.0 8 valve (like my UK cars engine, except slightly larger, and no turbo). It is also Automatic with lockup engaging at 50mph only once warmed up.

This (was going to) be my new FETC vehicle. Baseline MPG over first four full tanks = 28.2MPG. MPG figures from EPA website = 21MPG combined (new figures) for Nissan Stanza 2.0 Auto (my car!)
Modifications
Driving style:
100% engine-on during highway driving (auto box...)
Driving at 5ms injector pulse maximum during acceleration
(trying to avoid engine enrichment)
As much engine-on neutral coasting as possible.
Every other possible hypermiling technique.


Instrumentation:
SuperMID Installed 27/9/2007

Mechanical:
Tyres pumped up to 42PSI (sidewall 35PSI). Max speed 50mph
Overdrive control wires disconnected (means I can get overdrive even when the engine
is stone cold, and that it stays engaged when going downhill, so better for fuel cut-off
engine braking.

Aero:
Brief trial of extreme front airdam + other aero stuff, on 11/05/2008
Permanent 100% cooling system block 15/05/2008 (no air enters front of car!) (replaced rad block)

Luxury Items
1000W subwoofer installed in boot, + high quality speakers x4 in the cabin.
Air-con installed at 90% (all cabin components including cooling rad + electrics),all engine bay components including seals, compressor installed, need to connect last 2 pipes to compressor...

Servicing:
Tuneup on 15/05/2008 + Passed warrant of fitness
- Ignition retarded 5 degrees back to factory specs (ridiculous detonation problem resolved)
- New Spark plugs
- Valve clearances done (intake valves were quite loose apparently)
- major ticking noise from engine cured!
Planned Modifications
Planned Modifications.

Instrumentation:
Vacuum Gauge
Wideband lambda sensor
(currently on my old car, in the UK...)

Electronic:
In-cabin fuel mixture adjustment device

Aero:
Modified front bumper with integrated extreme air dam
Full rear wheel skirts
Partial front wheel skirts
Partial front undertray
Moderately extreme rear boat tail

Mechanical
Manual gearbox swap with taller final drive modification
- Currently have gearbox, gearstick, all driveshafts, wheel hubs, linkage
- Final drive waiting for shipping in the UK with another car club member!
- Awaiting : Clutch, flywheel, clutch pedal/master cylinder, and brake pedal.
Replacement tyres
- Need to wait till my current tyres wear out, but want to get the LRR ones
that CO ZX2 was using
Universal Tractor Fluid in the Auto gearbox (prior to manual swap)...

Distant Future Modifications
- Electric motor somewhere (engine? 5th wheel?)
-> Depending on cost, I may try to get a motorbike chain sprocket
welded onto one of the driveshafts prior to fitting the manual
gearbox



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