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New 95 Ranger Owner

Hello,
I have recently acquired a 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab. It is 2 Wheel Dr., manual transmission, four-cylinder engine with about 230,000 miles.

The body is in great condition and the engine runs great.

My goal with this truck is to get 30l miles per gallon. My previous vehicle was a 1996 Saturn station wagon that I was routinely able to get 36 miles per gallon with a high of 40 miles per gallon. The only major modification made was adjusting the nut behind the wheel.

My first objective is to determine what is the baseline miles per gallon for this vehicle with me driving. Once I have my baseline data and the truck is running properly, I will begin making minor modifications.

The first change will be the addition of a tonneau cover. This change will be done more out of usability as I want to keep things inside my bed out of the elements. It is my belief that this will also increase fuel economy.

Changes after that will include: electric fan conversion, underbelly, grill blockage, lowering.

I'm interested in learning about any modifications made in the interest of fuel economy, whether or not they were successful, to help guide me in my quest of higher MPG's.
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Welcome and good luck with that. The electric fan will help alot by taking strain off the engine, also look into getting after market Underdog pulley system, its not that expensive and frees up alot of power.
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I hate to break it to you. A tonneau cover doesn't improve fuel economy. The wind blows over the cab, once it clears the cab it comes down and enters the bed, the low velocity air already inside the bed keeps the high velocity wind from pushing the truck down. A tonneau cover will eliminate the effect of the low velocity air pushing up. The high velocity wind will just push down on the cover and create downforce, making the truck slightly heavier.

People will probably argue this, but my dynamics teacher worked at GM and ran the software that tests design of vehicles and wind flow

There is modeling software that the automotive industry uses to model air over a truck and the effect of the size of the bed. It's similar to the software the metal casting industry uses to model flow through casts.

Anyway, Welcome to R/F
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welcome to R-F, Matt!
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