I’ve thought about a post summarizing the 2016 mileage roundup of the fleet. Questions such as “who will read it?” or “who cares?” came up, but then I read a post on DriveToFive and I changed my mind…
So borrowing Tyson’s idea from his blog, here is my 2016 mileage roundup:
Totals for: RedRock
Totals for: S2000
Totals for: bowtie6
Moral of the story, I need to drive MORE!!!
The daily driver is RedRock (duh!) and it did very well considering a 6.2L V8 with 400hp is under the hood. The Camaro really does well on the open road though with an all time best of 24 mpg. The S2000 and bowtie6 get driven only when the sun shines. Matter of fact, the S2000 has seen the rain on the road only three times since I bought it. Poor bowtie6, it got neglected big-time! New Year’s resolution is to do something about this!
In closing, here is a gallery of all three dashboards taken on New Year’s day, 2017. Should be interesting to see how this compares a year from now…
This might be one of the first times I post a picture of the mileage on bowtie6. It shows 22,612 miles and this is a bit misleading (adding this as a reminder to myself too!):
- I’ve driven my TR6 for 22,612 miles since I put it on the road after the full restoration.
- The first engine – a 3.4L V6 from a Camaro – ran for 14,513 miles. That is when we discovered an irreparable frame failure with stress cracks and my cousin Jim built the new frame from scratch.
- The 2.4L Ecotec engine/gearbox came from a Pontiac Solstice with only 8 miles on the odometer. This powertrain was then installed in a new frame built at Jim’s shop. On October 15th, 2011, bowtie6 left Jim’s shop and has been a hoot to drive.
- The new Ecotec powertrain has 8,091 miles so far.
I had a bit of milestone this week: my 2003 Honda S2000 at 12345 miles! I regret not being more attentive because I missed the straight flush mileage count by just a couple of tenths of a mile. Oh well, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to catch it in another 100,000 miles.
On a lighter note, here is wishing you a happy Labor Day weekend. I was going through some of the older posts late on a Saturday night with Sammy Hagar playing Heavy Metal in the background. Remember Heavy Metal the movie? Ha!! Good times!
At any rate, I’ve made a few tweaks to some of the older galleries in the blog. I’m trying to optimize performance a little so if you see any strange behavior or broken links, please let me know.
Gasoline is cheap and yes, there is a road trip in the plans. If I find something interesting along the way, I’ll try to get a few pictures… In the meantime, be safe and have a great weekend!
Another milestone this week: my Z28 at 97k!!
I took a short road trip over the weekend and my 1995 Z28 Camaro turned the clock at the 97,000 mile mark. Yes indeed, count down to 100,000 miles is on its way.
20,000 miles and counting…
bowtie6 has now 20,000 miles and counting… Yes indeed!!
Sorry for the crappy quality of picture but it is very accurate. Hard to believe my TR6 has covered 20,000 total miles to date.
So how did we get this far?
- I followed the golden rule and bought the best car I could find. My near pristine 1972 TR6 had been in storage for over a decade and no rust. The purchase price was also great!
- After a 3 year frame-off restoration including a 3.4 litre V6, bowtie6 racked up 14,513 miles.
- Then the original (and highly reinforced) frame failed. Version 2.0 of bowtie6 started.
- A new hand-made frame was made from scratch and a brand new 2.4 litre Ecotec inline four replaced the V6. This took about a year to complete.
- The Ecotec had 8 miles when it met bowtie6. Today, after 20,000 total miles the Ecotec has covered 5,479 miles since installed.
- What a journey! Other than the frame failure nothing but one blown fuse has failed. All I’ve had to do is add fuel and change oil.
And so, the next chapter begins…
For bowtie6 the road goes on and the party never ends!
I’ve been able to rack up about 2,400 miles on bowtie6 so far. And, it has been a blast!! The frame is rock solid, and with the ECM tweaks the engine is so much more responsive. Yet we have been able to see 28mpg in city driving no less. Not too bad considering the tune is now more so towards performance rather than for economy and I’ve been really putting my foot into the electronic throttle pedal.
A few weeks ago, I found a vendor that makes an awesome coilpack cover for the Ecotec. You can see this in the above picture. Four screws with spacers hold the water-jet cut aluminium cover and very nicely hides the valley between the cams. Looks trick. I was thinking about unbolting the intake, cover and valve cover and perhaps having this all crinkle coated in black. Maybe later this year…
Along with the great news, there has been on unpleasant development: a bad wheel bearing on the new rear axle. It seems like we got hold of a crappy “foreign” made wheel bearing and it started making a racket last week. New ones have been sourced and I’ll be taking apart the axles this weekend. All good – the diff fluid needed to be changed after “break in” so this should be a fun Saturday.
I’ll have pictures and a full report once we get the new bearings installed.