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This event that took place every year from 1936 to 1968. The purpose of the Mobil Economy Run was to determine the mileage potential of American passenger cars under typical city and country driving conditions. Mobile Oil Corp sponsored the event and it was managed by the United States Auto Club (USAC).  There were eight classes based on wheelbase, engine and body size.  The five-day, 1,900 mile trip went from Los Angeles to Kansas City.

Mickey Thomson and his wife Judy both drove cars in the 1962 Mobil Economy Run.  They both took first place in their class.  Mickey in a Pontiac Star Chief averaging 19.3 MPG and Judy in a Pontiac Tempest averaging 27.3 MPG.

The cars were unmodified pure stock that USAC acquired from dealers.  What’s somewhat ironic is gasoline was about $0.25/gallon at the time!   I recall drivers could not use a vacuum gauge or a throttle cable (which was the cruse control of the day and actually much better for managing mileage (will explain later!)  I also remember one winner being quoted in a car magazine as saying; "You just drive as if you had a raw egg between your foot and the gas peddle!"  With the fuel mileage gauges many cars have today you can be a champ as well!  Just think about that raw egg!

WONDER WHY THE OIL COMPANIES DON'T HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR TODAY?  Hmmm, could it be they are only thinking about next quarter's profits?! 

It's similar to our recently patented products that can easily and economically save 1/2 the MIG shielding gas used!  Does anyone have the incentive to help reduce MIG gas usage even though they are aware the average fabricator wastes 3 to 4 times the MIG gas they purchase?  Check Out Independent Published MIG Shielding Gas Waste Data.


2008 Corvette

On a 600 mile round trip with my 2008 standard transmission Corvette I averaged 28.5 MPG.  Used both the instantaneous and average MPG gauges to check how I was doing.  Speed was about  5 MPH over the 60 to 70 MPH speed limits.  The roads traveled were mostly flat and used cruise control but could have done better on the hilly sections using a fixed throttle setting. 

1979 Dodge Colt

When they implemented “odd-even” gas purchase rationing my ’74 CJ5 V8 Jeep couldn’t make it to LaGuardia airport and back home to Connecticut on one tank of gas. If I left on a trip and came back on “can’t fill up” days - I was stuck!  Bought a Dodge Econobox with a 1.6 L engine and 8 speed standard trans (it had a 4 speed with a second stick two speed!)

The car had a 35 MPG EPA rating and if driven carefully I could reach 35 MPG.  I also installed a JC Whitney MPG meter which could read instantaneous and average MPG (interesting device.)  On the 35 mile trip to work each day I would try to reach 40 MPG or better.  On one occasion I had a bet with my 2 buddies in our car pool that I could reach 50 MPG!  Having the experience of what it took to make 45 MPG I used all the tricks.  The biggest being “keep the throttle at a fixed setting.”  Now that meant when I went up the hills there was a crowd of cars behind me getting mad!  But on the downhills we made up the speed.  Since most of the trip was on 4 lane roads we only held up traffic on the short two lane roads!  It was mostly highway driving but we reached the 50 MPG mark!

Around town I also practiced energy conservation by avoiding having the energy spent getting up to speed go to heat by using brakes.  When I saw I was coming to a stop I coasted as much as possible.  Gas use while coasting is very low especially in today’s fuel injected cars.  Note: I don’t recommend shutting off the ignition since you reduce car control and if your steering wheel locks - even worse!

Uncle Fred

We mentioned Uncle Fred in our Rat Rod page.  He also relayed his experience with gas mileage in the 1960's.  Folks even then complained their new car did not get the gas mileage the brochure said it would!  Uncle Fred managed the  Service Department of a large Chevy Dealership and would have to address their concerns.  He ran a very careful test.  He drove their car with the owner in the passenger seat.  He pulled up to a gas pump noting which pump and  direction they stopped.  He had the owner fill it up to the top.  He then drove the car to the highway making a 30 mile trip.  He then pulled into the same gas station, same pump, same side.  He had the owner fill it up to the top again.  He said he typically got 30 to 50% better mileage than they said they were getting.  It usually exceeded the number in the brochure.  Uncle Fred drove like he had a raw egg between his foot and the gas peddle!  It works.

Gas Saving Tips:

·        Keep Your Car Up to Snuff

o       Check Tire Pressure often setting it at the high end of manufacturers recommendations.

o       Keep Air Filter Clean. Buy a low restriction lifetime product like K&N and clean it at recommended intervals.

o       Have Alignment Checked and have toe-in set closest to zero allowed by specifications.

o       Use Low Viscosity Synthetic Oil like 5-30.  The lower the better for reduced friction.  Some NASCAR teams use 0 weight oil or lighter! 

o       Buy Regular Gas. Check your owners manual to be sure it's allowed but even my 436 HP Corvette can run on Regular!  It has a program built in to set timing and injectors to avoid pre-ignition if detected by the knock sensors. If you drive as suggested to save gasoline using a light throttle and don't lug the engine at low RPM that low octane program may not even need to kick in!

·        Your Driving Style is Most Important

o       Drive Like You Have a Raw Egg Between Your Foot and the Gas Peddle (that can gain 20+% better mileage!)

o       Use Cruse Control if you have few hills.  If your in a hilly area use a constant throttle approach, i.e. slow down going up hill and make up time on the downhill.  Old cars had throttle control cables on the dash!

o       Keeping  Highway Speed 55 to 60 MPH will get you 10 to15% better gas mileage than 70 to 75 MPG.

o       Anticipate Stops-Slow Down by Coasting and using a minimum amount of brakes (with computer controlled fuel injection, coasting gets great mileage.)

Only About 13% of the Energy in Gasoline Gets to the Wheels to Power the Car!

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Have a Welder?   You Can Save a Higher Percentage of MIG Shielding Gas Than You Can Gasoline with Our

Patented Gas Saver System (GSS)!!

You'll Also Improve Weld Starts and Have a Shielding Gas Cylinder Last at Least Twice as Long! 

Note: Our Patented GSS is Not Available in "Stores"

A home shop fabricator in Georgia with a MillerTM 175 amp welder purchased a 50 foot Gas Saver System ( GSSTM ) so he could use a larger cylinder and mount it on the wall of his shop.  He wrote:

"The system works great.  Thanks for the professional service and a great product."   Click To See His Home Shop


A Professional Street Rod Builder Had This to Say:

With their standard MIG welder gas delivery hose the peak shielding flow at weld start was measured at 150 CFH. That caused air to be sucked into the gas stream causing poor weld starts.  With the GSS replacing their existing hose, the peak flow surge at the weld start was about 50 CFH.  Total gas use was cut in half.

Kyle Bond, President, quickly saw the improvement achieved in weld start quality as a significant advantage!   Kyle, an excellent automotive painter, was well aware of the effects of gas surge caused by pressure buildup in the delivery hose when stopped.  He has to deal with the visible effects in the air hose lines on the spray gun in his paint booth!  The paint surge is visible and creates defects unless the gun is triggered off the part being painted!  We can’t do that with our MIG gun!


MIG Gas Delivery and the Small Block Chevy Evolved in a Similar Way and Time!

 Both had Advances and Setbacks Before

They Were Optimized!


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