Besides mine, there is another
1977 Dodge B200 van, original owner, in
these parts that claims he gets 15 MPG at
75 MPH through the Cascades on I90 and I
was wondering if it was possible.
It toured the West Coast van runs as
“Woody’s Whiskey Wagon” complete with
an all-around mural from 1977 until it was
garaged for “extensive” drivetrain mods
When it finally reappeared under its
own power in May 2013, the 318 had been
swapped for a 1954 354 CID Hemi with 11:1
CR and a Carter AFB. So rare is the engine
that the intake manifold and cam had to be
made special. The A727 was swapped for a
GM Turbo 400 and the Mopar rear end was
swapped for a Corvette.
Surprisingly the mural looks just as
good as it did in 1977.
When pigs fly.
A 2002 B2 van, more aerodynamic, 360
with overdrive automatic transmission,
driven by a wuss on level ground, supposedly
got an EPA-rated 17 MPG highway,
which meant 55 MPH. And we all know
what a crock all the fuel economy ratings
were until very recently. And the 360 had
SMPI, a tuned-runner intake, roller cam,
and so on. I have found that a similar
vehicle can get a real-world 14-15 MPG
@ 65 MPH if you drive with a raw egg
between your foot and the pedal. Again:
On level ground.
I won’t even get into how retarded the
spark would need to be on an iron-head
Hemi at 11.0:1 to run on pump gas at
lower elevations. And for decent fuel
economy plenty of spark lead is key.
Yup, a 1954 354 Hemi is rare. Very. One
of none built.
The ’Vette IRS is awesome for load carrying
capacity, no doubt.
As I said: When pigs fly. Woody must
have been sampling plenty of his product.