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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.

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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

FAQ

  • Small incremental changes add up. We are aiming to increase highway fuel efficiency by 10-20 percent by:

    - performing a full synthetic fluid swap,
    - installing a set of low-rolling-resistance tires & lightweight alloy wheels,
    - bolting-on a set of lowering springs,
    - applying small aerodynamic tweaks, and
    - plugging in an OBDII driver feedback device

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  • We will retrofit OEM under-car pieces, - tire spats - swiped from Hurricane Sandy Salvage 2012 cars onto ten year old (and older!) testers. The plastic pieces would just go to the crusher. We can reuse them.

    Tire spats are proven technology, deflecting air around the tires to reduce drag. While rarely seen in years past, they have become commonplace on new vehicles as the manufacturers seek out easy ways to crank up MPG ratings.

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  • It's in the works. Liability is the biggest issue. We don't want to leave any one high and dry if something happens to a borrowed vehicle - say if the engine blows while dyno testing, the transmission falls out on the highway or if there's a motor vehicle accident. This will be addressed once we get serious funding, have the paperwork drawn and can establish an escrow account.

    If someone wants to give us a vehicle (or sell it at a low price) and sign over the title, that makes it much easier. That could be part of the twist ... you sell it to us, we do our magic, then we sell it back to you (for less than what we paid). In that case, we'd end up swapping through a lot of vehicles and would need a NJ dealer's license (there's a limit to the number of vehicles that one person can sell in a year) or would have to work in tandem with an existing dealer.

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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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    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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