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A video series that takes older cars & makes them more fuel-efficient & fun to drive. Real cars. Real people. Real fun.
A video series that takes older cars & makes them more fuel-efficient & fun to drive. Real cars. Real people. Real fun.
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MPGomatic.com - where gas mileage matters - announces the pre-production launch of its new web video series, Ain’t Fuelin’.

Ain’t Fuelin’ takes a unique approach in addressing the issues that are key to the purchase of most new cars today: gas mileage, in-car technology, style and driveability.

While the automakers are working hard to improve fuel economy to meet the US governments aggressive new vehicle mileage standards, most folks can’t afford to buy a new car. But they’d like to improve the fuel-efficiency of the cars they already own.

Ain’t Fuelin’ sets out to find out whether older vehicles can become more fuel-efficient, and to what degree. We’ll install proven technologies from major manufacturers and test them in the real world. We’ll load up the cabins with awesome aftermarket features that put that old car on a par with the 2013s. We’ll bring new shine to old paint in some surprising ways.

Bottom Line?

Ain’t Fuelin’ is all about collaboration.

Week-after-week, we'll show you how easy it is to get more miles out of every gallon while making your car more enjoyable. And we'll do it all on YouTube, collaborating with the coolest channels, both great and small. Bring us your tired, your poor, your gas-guzzlers ... and we'll get 'em sorted out.

Real cars. Real people. Real fun.

Getting this project rolling will take some backing. That's why we're launching this campaign on Kickstarter. Without funding, the series won't fly. We need production help (at least one editor and one shooter) and the resources to cover parts and expenses. The more we score, the higher we can push production values. MPG-o-Matic fanatics and Ain’t Fuelin’ fans can make it happen and get in on the action early. We've put together a range of wicked cool rewards and schwag for our awesome supporters. We've set the initial goal relatively low in order to get underway, but we need to fly far pass that mark to achieve orbit and gain visibility.

This show's about making affordable cars more fuel efficient and fun to drive. We have a range of vehicles we'd like to get to in the first season or two, including the Honda Civic and CR-V, Ford Focus, Mustang, and F-150, Volkswagen Jetta/Golf TDI, Chevy Silverado, Dodge Charger, Mercedes-Benz turbodiesel, and the Kia Soul ... but we're wide open to suggestions. If you're one of our Kickstarter supporters, you'll gain access to our closed forums where we'll debate the merits of each the candidates.

Ain’t Fuelin’ draws on inspiration from shows like American Pickers, Mythbusters, Fast 'n Loud, Wheeler Dealers, and of course the one-of-the-kind, MightyCarMods.

So why the never-ending focus on gas mileage? Because it's the NUMBER ONE factor for new car buyers. Our goal is to bring a bit of new car magic to the vehicles that folks already own. We've had some great conversations with a range of potential sponsors in the automotive industry, but now it's time to put the pedal to the metal.

Here's where the idea started out ..

Much of this was inspired by research done by Rocky Calandruccio's Sewanee Eco Auto Project team:

Here's our first Hangout with special guest, EricTheCarGuy ...

We'll also delve into alternative domestic fuel sources, to complement our primary quest. Our goal is to run a number of test cars on fuels other than conventional petroleum. There's a quiet revolution underway in America and we're here to share the stories of the engineers, scientists, and regular folks that are making it happen.

Risks and challenges

The original working title for this project was "Crapbox Roulette" ... and while we've expanded the scope quite a bit, every used car is a gamble. You never know what to expect. Surprises lurk around every corner. Stuff will break. Stuff won't fit. Stuff won't show up in time. But what we won't have is a bunch of phony drama. This ain't a reality show, baby. It's for real ...

We're going to hunt down cars, haul 'em home, test 'em, fix 'em, and test 'em again. If things go really well, we might even bring a car or two to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year.

One of the severe limitations of Kickstarter is that it only accepts pledges with major credit cards through the Amazon payment system. Paypal is not accepted. Offline payments, including checks, are not accepted.

You have my profound apologies for this shortcoming.

We have had a number of instances where people and companies wanted to pledge, but could not do so through the Kickstarter system, because they were not able to use a major credit card. One of these pledges is from a corporation for a considerable amount of money. That money cannot count towards the funding level.

If you want to pledge, but cannot do so through the Kickstarter system, please use the email feature to get in contact with me.

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    MPGOMATIC's Roadmap to Better Gas Mileage. Get a copy of our cool little ebook in PDF format. It's filled with words, pictures, and solid advice!

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    BURN RUBBER. NOT GASOLINE.
    Get on board with a super cool oval MPGomatic sticker that features our signature drift tortoise. Sweet!

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    LET IT RIDE! Get the Original "where mileage matters" MPGomatic Poker Chip. Wicked Cool! LIMITED QUANTITIES.

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    GET MORE MPGS DVD PREVIEW! Our exclusive online series will show you how to squeak more miles out of every gallon. It's packed with techniques, tactics and tricks. We will be releasing GET MORE MPGS! as a DVD later on this year, but you get first crack at it, online as a downloadable video. Includes access to the hangouts, too.

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    BURN MORE RUBBER, EVEN LESS GASOLINE with our MPG-o-Matic Double Casino Chips + Oval Sticker ... Get both of our custom casino chip designs, the original flying eyeball blue/green "where mileage matters" and the rare full color "burn rubber, not gasoline" with drift tortoise ... along with an oval sticker. Hangouts, too! LIMITED QUANTITIES.

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    MPGomatic: "Ain't Fuelin'" Baseball Cap + Oval Sticker ... Keep the sun out of your eyes with our brand new MPGomatic "Ain't Fuelin" baseball cap. We'll double down with a pair of our "Burn Rubber. Not Gasoline." oval stickers and provide early access, with behind the scenes hangouts.

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    GET THE SHIRT OFF THE TURTLE'S BACK! MPGomatic: "Ain't Fuelin'" T-Shirt + Oval "Burn Rubber. Not Gasoline." Sticker and access to the hangouts. Size Large and Extra Large Only.

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    YOUR NAME ON THE TRUNK. You get your personal or company name listed on the trunk lid, along with your choice of either a hat or t-shirt, and access to the hangouts.

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    MPG-O-Enchillada!

    Get the baseball cap, the t-shirt, a pair of stickers, a casino chip, early access with behind the scenes hangouts, and something completely random from our goodie box.

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    WE'LL HELP YOU PICK A NEW CAR. Can't decide which cars you should consider? We'll provide an unbiased one hour consultation via Google Hangout and throw in a bag of schwag, to boot.

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    WE'LL PUT YOUR CAR UP ON THE LIFT! Bring your Car, SUV, or Pickup into the shop and we'll give it the once over to check for mechanical issues that may be causing poor fuel mileage. Includes a high-quality synthetic oil and filter change. We'll provide a list of low rolling resistance tires that may help to improve your mileage ... and a schwag bag. Your car might even be featured on an upcoming episode!

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    SLASH YOUR COMPANY'S FUEL COSTS! I'll spend half a day working with you to find ways to reduce the amount of cash that your company spends on fuel each month. Includes phone consultation and written recommendations.

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    Fender Sponsorships - Get your Corporate logo on the fenders of our first project build and on the backdrop of our build shop. You can even step into an episode for a cameo spot. Plug your stuff! It's all good! You'll get a pair of t-shirts and hats and a stack of stickers.

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    Quarter-Panel Sponsorships - Get your Corporate logo on the quarters of our first project build and on the backdrop of our build shop. We'll shoot a custom video specifically for your product. And you can even step into an episode for a cameo spot. This is an awesome way to get your automotive product in front of YouTubers, worldwide. You'll get a pair of t-shirts and hats and a stack of stickers, too.

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    MPH-Compare-O-Matic Sponsorship! Drop some big dollars on us and we will finally get off our duffs and get all of our 0-60 MPH clips loaded into the Compare-o-Matic ... and YOUR COMPANY will have exclusive sponsorship dibs for twelve months. We'll find a special way to work your company's logo into our show car's livery. That's Insanely Cool. Hats? T-Shirts? Stickers? No problem!

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    Exclusive Door Sponsorship - Get your Corporate logo on the doors of our first project build and on the backdrop of our build shop. You can even step into an episode for a cameo spot and we'll throw in some consulting work, to boot. You'll get a pair of t-shirts and hats and a stack of stickers.

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    HOOD SPONSOR! Be the Big Dog with Hood Sponsorship and all the insanely great stuff that comes with it. We will shoot at least one custom video with your product. This level of support will be enough to take us to the SEMA show this November, where Ain't Fuelin' will create plenty of buzz. Get your product in front of a crowd on YouTube and in Las Vegas!

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