You are, quite obviously, missing the point.... If we can see a mileage gain
by taking out the rear seat... we can take that a step or two further....
imagine the weight savings if we remove the rugs and sound deadening
material? Or the headliner? And that pesky sound system.... man, there has
to be three or four pounds of speakers cluttering up the car.... Next we can
get rid of the other seats.... pop crates are much, much lighter.... And
that ugly dashboard.... All we really need is the instrument cluster so we
can pop rivet that in to place using some plumbers strap (aluminum pop
rivets weigh much less than those bulky sheet metal screws).
Now, if we could figure out a way to air cool this engine, we could save 30,
pounds on the rad and another 30 on coolant... it's cummulative, man... if
some is good and more is better - too much should be almost enough.....
tough in cheek mode = <OFF>
e could figure out a way to air cool this engine, we could save 30,
Oh Oh ,ouch...my wife said you can't do that Rob...If I go she has to
come to...She is the verbal rule book for on the road driving as she
said I don't seem to know them very well...<g>
To e-mail me remove the X from my E - address...
(see page 8)
For payload/weight ratings calcualtions Ford assumes the third row
seat plus two passengers increases the weight on the rear axle by 355
lbs and reduces the weight on the front axle by 20 lbs. This is a
total weigh change of of 335 lbs (355-20). 300 lbs of this 335 lbs is
allowance for the weight of two passengers and the 40/20/40 second
seat. This leaves 35 lbs for the third row seat. Of the 300 lbs
allowance for the passengers and 40/20/40 second seat, probably 280 is
for the 2 extra passengers, and 20 or so for the different second
seat. So in total, I estimate that having a third row seat adds less
than 60 lbs to the weight of the vehicle (unless their are people
sitting in it). Hardly seems to be worth worrying about on 5000+ lbs
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