Fuel Economy and the 20020vtq and cam setup

Todd Phenneger tquattroguy at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 28 13:18:46 EST 2003

  I trust you've replaced your ByPass Valve?  IF its leaking
that will hurt your low and high end.
  Just a thought.

--- Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net> wrote:
> At 2:57 PM -0500 1/27/03, ben swann wrote:
> >Speaking of Fuel economy.  When I was fooling around with the
> >adjustable cam sprocket on the now out of commission 5ktq
> avant, I got
> >some incredible fuel mileage when I retarded the CAM 4
> degrees on the
> >first cam I installed a 270i/260e ELGIN grind.
> >
> >I was getting close to 40 MPG cruising at highway speeds.  I
> mean that
> >was a highway average, not instantaneous which can be over
> 100MPG(off
> >the digital readout).
> >
> >Of course the setting was not that great for low speed
> operation(not
> >too bad either).  Too bad these engines don't have the
> variable cam
> >timing some of the newer ones do.
> >
> Speaking of retarded timing:
> Ever since I got my Lago car--over 4 yrs ago--I've felt it had
> distinctly
> less low-end power compared to the '91 200q it replaced.
> Later, when we
> acquired #3 (Tornado Red) that car also had better low-end
> performance than
> ol' Lago. So when it comes time to replace the TB (sometime
> this Spring) my
> expectation is that I'll probably find the cam sprocket has
> been "off" by
> one tooth all this time. This also might help explain the
> car's somewhat
> better-than-expected highway fuel economy.
> Phil
> Phil Rose
> '91 200q lago blue				Rochester, NY USA
> '91 200q tornado red				mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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