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Re: [T3] ethanol

<x-flowed>RichardG=> I don't want the big kahuna to slap us around

Maybe it's just me, but I think that a lot of us will be making decisions about fuel over the next ten or fifteen years. Dino oil isn't getting any cheaper, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it going heavily out of favor, even outlawed, while our cars are still happily running us down the road. We all love old-car life, but sooner or later we have to face the fact that in its current form it's killing our planet and our economies. I for one am looking for practical ways to lower the impact without giving up cars altogether.

One thing I think this hobby (for want of a better word) can take credit for in terms of lower impact is widely unappreciated: by maintaining and driving an old car, you're taking at least one new car out of production. Producing a car requires a tremendous investment in energy and materials, so recycling existing cars is significant in terms of overall energy impact. Plus, we're recycling Type 3s, not Chargers, so our impact in terms of daily fuel-efficiency is also relatively low within the hobby.

I'd love to see a study comparing the total 40-year energy budgets related to the cars of a 'normal' consumer, who buys a new car every five or seven years, and one '66 Type 3.

Anyway, I expect that a lot of us may eventually be forced by law or economics to consider veggie oil and other alternatives, and this list is a good place to talk about and weigh the various options and technologies as they relate to our cars. Is that Type 3-related? I sure think so.

Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ
'66 KG1600: 30mpg!  :)  -- on premium dino!  :(

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