Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coffee Brake: Steak, Gasoline, & Mastering The Road

Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo's Coffee Brake -- whoa whoa, hit that left pedal buddy, this ain't a Friday...shhhh, no one will notice -- today, we've got a report from the field.  DT's Logo guru and Neptune bound migrant rock farmer took his 1994 Buick Roadmaster on a 390 mile trip from Half Moon Bay to the greater Los Angeles area via the scenic Highway 101.  Any guesses on fuel economy for the beast?


The following is a collection of text messages Kaibeezy sent from the road:
250-ish miles, 4:00 elapsed - dinner stop at Cool Hand Luke's in Santa Maria - mumble mumble copyright infringement? - ordering the famous tri-tip, will send photo 
Travel has been basically dull - minimal traffic, perfect conditions - verrrry few DT-type cars - an E30, a Beetle convertible, a 70s Ford family truckster, a brick, an Impala SS, a 60s Ranchero, and that's really it - want to be invisible? - a Honda Pilot would do it, seen more than expected

Roadmaster is serene, effortless on this road - gas mileage is going to be surprisingly good - we can do a quizzer on it
Sadly, no one seems to be noticing - no thumbs-ups or smiles - just dull cars and their cargo droning along - self driving cars can't come soon enough to end all the misery - we gearheads can build a fancy 'lectronic simulator, strap ourselves in and go forever - head in a jar, whatever 
There's my pile of meat - ping ya later


7 hours and 15 minutes later, Kaibeezy arrived at DT's "studio" to record a few episodes of the Daily Turismo Radio Show...any guesses on the fuel economy to the nearest tenth of a gallon?  Drop your best guess in the comments below.

46 comments:

  1. Why isn't this a Left Handed Spanner post, Boss?

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    1. i remind you it is the LT1 5.7 V8 - only way it would get 32.3 is if it was downhill the whole way - or maybe if i swapped in an OM617, but then it would have been a bit longer ride

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  3. I'm thinking the early guesses are a tad optimistic. I'll wager 21.7 mpg

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    1. winner winner chicken dinner

      390 miles / 17.9 gallons of Chevron's finest regular dino juice = 21.8 mpg

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    2. oops, i meant winner winner tri-tip dinner

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  4. I think 22.1 mpg

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  5. FWIW: Almost no traffic, a few hilly stretches but mostly flat, and I definitely kept up my speed while avoiding excessive, um, excess, mostly. I did have the windows open once the heat of the day dissipated. Minimal stops, peed in a bottle... no I didn't.

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  6. 21.7 mpg assuming that he did not accelerate out of every apex, fuel is mid-grade or better, black coffee, and no texting.

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    1. Rene -- someone already picked 21.7 (NoCo FoMoPar) -- got a second guess?

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  7. Ooops, 21.5 mpg assuming he was listening to Genesis.

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    1. now that's an odd comment - what does it mean? - ooh, one million bonus points if you can guess what i *was* listening to

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    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsU8fRvTeCI

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    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TigwhW030hA

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    5. You weren't listening to that song, I know. But you should have been.

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  8. My parents had a 1977 Caprice Classic station wagon with the 350 and I remember with the car-top carrier on, we got 17.5 mpg pretty consistently. With fuel injection, no roof top carrier, and fewer passengers, I'm going to say 20.8.

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  9. So did the MPG get a bump driving off with the nozzle and Hose still hooked up ? lol

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  10. "now that's an odd comment - what does it mean?"'
    That was a Top Gear reference. They would punish each other by playing Genesis on many episodes.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRzLquFQZ-8

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    2. funny! - there's a future for you in the fire escape trade, for sure

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  11. The attraction of this beast escapes me. Unless you were saddled with a large.....ummm.......religiously obsessed realty tv "family" that enjoyed close quarters...cough cough......why?

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    1. Are you really interested in an explanation? I'm being serious.

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    2. I, for one, would be most interested in your thoughts on this, K2. And Vince, CFlo, Hunsbloger and PhiLOL's thiughts. I'd be interested in everyone's thoughts, actually. I'm even interested in my own thoughts. What are thoughts anyway?

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    3. I wouldn't be saying anything you don't already know, KBZ.

      I thought I saw a puddy tat. I did, I did.

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  12. 21.8 & Steely Dan Tha whole way.

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  13. Other land yacht rock is also acceptable.

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  14. That Buick must be a smooth ride not sure how you got that LP in the CD player as Freddy Weller has no real catalog on
    CD now Paul R&Raiders sure do !

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    1. Yup saw that one but @ 24.99 too rich for me may check my Library or could wait for Fat Tuseday !

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    2. Or better yet, make your own Best Of!

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  15. It's a trick question. With a 3.93 rear end my 94 Roadmaster gets 16 in mixed and 20-21 on the freeway. With a lower ratio I've heard of 24-25 MPG.

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  16. So did we get the answer for MPG of the Roadmaster or do we need the Shell answer man ?

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  17. Sorry 21.8 better then my 5.0 Mustang.

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  18. Biggest swing in MPG my 2013 Honda Accord sport 34 mpg all day long then ran into the santa ana winds dipped to low 20''s

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