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Now this is a fun test: They loaded it with 400 lbs of books and drove it up Mine Hill Rd:
Nice review. I knew that road name sounded familiar. I used to take my son over to that area for trumpet lessons.
 

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I have yet to see a vehicle that doesn't have to downshift climbing to Vail Pass and the Eisenhower tunnels at the Continental Divide.
Back in the mid 1970's I drove this route - lucky me - I had a Turbo Charged car - a 1973 Pinto 4 speed manual with a T04B Air Research Turbo kit - did not have to downshift once and was blowing by big engine motorcycles on the climb. The car weighed under 2000 lbs with 225 hp - dyno verified.
 

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Neat. Turbos were kind a rare back then. They still had carbonizing problems.
Was running 14 psi boost with h2o injection-engine was the German Ford SOHC 2.0 litre. Always used Shell Rotella T motor oil - which was formulated for turbo and supercharged engines. It was a real sleeper.
 
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