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Old 06-04-2004, 04:11   #1 (permalink)
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Running costs of V8s

I want to buy a 60s or 70s ford but not sure what to get i prefer a v8 but am considering a 4 or 6, possibly a cortina gt, cause i am concerend about fuel costs of a v8.
what would be the running costs of an original, well tuned 289, 302 and/or 351 v8
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Old 06-04-2004, 04:13   #2 (permalink)
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if you are worried about the fuel cost i wouldnt even concidder buying a V8 as a car is no good if you carnt afford to drive it

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Old 06-04-2004, 04:30   #3 (permalink)
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if you are worried about the fuel cost i wouldnt even concidder buying a V8 as a car is no good if you carnt afford to drive it

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i can afford to drive it if i really wanted to but if the fuel is to much i would rather put the money towards my go-kart.
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if you are worried about the fuel cost i wouldnt even concidder buying a V8 as a car is no good if you carnt afford to drive it

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i can afford to drive it if i really wanted to but if the fuel is to much i would rather put the money towards my go-kart.
my current car is a mini that uses less than ten dollars a week so it will be a culture shock stepping up to a v8
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Maybe V8's will become less and less popular with the current fuel price, Driving a Mazda familia in traffic gets you from A to B the same way as a V8 will but for alot less cost, but then you do lose out on the joys of a V8.
Dont get me wrong I'd take a V8 if could afford it over a Familia anyday (who wouldnt!) but for the casual inner city drivers, they might stop buying V8's and get a car that uses alot less fuel, so that could be something Ford and Holden have to look out for ?
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i can afford to drive it if i really wanted to but if the fuel is to much i would rather put the money towards my go-kart.
my current car is a mini that uses less than ten dollars a week so it will be a culture shock stepping up to a v8
Around town depending on your driving, you can expect to go through 60/80 litres a week (at an educated guess)... multiply that at $1.05/$1.15 per litre for fuel... its pressure on a wage.
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I am an apprentice mechanic on a very low wage running a v8. it is a strain to say the least.

go for an old v8 on gas, most have been converted now anyway. best of both worlds.
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Re: Running costs of V8s

I was calculating stuff for new cars and such. Its cheaper for me to buy a XA Falcon with a 351C for $5000 - $8000 or so and drive it, then it is to finance a new Fiesta or Focus or something! Finance + Comprehensive on new car + fuel = death. Old car + fuel + $800/year insurance = piece of cake.
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Your average V8 60-80's will use more fuel stock than a mildly worked one. When I had a stock 351 (auto stock 3.00 rearend) I could get around 250k's per tank (expensive!). My modified 351 (3500rpm histall, 4.11 rearend) does 350-380 per tank. Due to a better power to weight ratio. No idea what it'll be like now I've lost my marbles and gone for more power and a larger histall.

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