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Old 05-18-2006, 02:42 PM
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Just for fun go to Mechanix Illustrated on the web. It would be more work but they have an intresting battery cars and three wheeler as wheel as lawn mower engine powered 3 wheelers. You might get some ideas and find it interesting.

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How about using a small truck such as a Ranger or S-10? Light weight and plenty of room to carry batteries outside the passenger compartment.
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Older trucks make a good base for an EV. Here are some shots of one from a local show.
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i have a 74 mazda formerly rotary pickup and it make a fine platform. i have 18 6volt batts in it. the way they assembled it they put 8 batts in the engine compartment and 10 batts under the bed. which was a mistake. i will put 4 batts in the bed and get some weight off the front end. it will do 40 miles to a charge easily. mine also has the tranmission, 4 spd. it sure is quiet. you need good brakes because it free wheels up to a light. in fact, you learn to watch for lights and back out a long ways ahead. it has an on board charger so if at work you can get near an outlet, problem solved.
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There actually were a couple of electric Corvairs built by GM in the '60s as concepts. Electrovair II I've got 2 late model Corvairs, they're unibody and not all that light to begin with.

Conventional lead-acid batteries give off hydrogen when being charged. Make sure that the batteries are vented to the outside of the vehicle and that there's plenty of ventilation. One spark could bring back memories of the Hindenburg.

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Don't be silly, they wouldn't let you smoke if it could burn... quote from a passenger on the Hindenburg.
It's unsinkable! Quote from the company rep aboard the Titanic...

Warnings of danger are for the folks in southern California. The rest of us have to work to find out who to sue.
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I'm toying with the idea of making this an EV. As it sits, 850#. I will have to use lithium or nicad as there is no where but the back seat to put the batteries. It's a 1937 Austin Seven. I'll have to build a frame and update the running gear because I don't think that the trans/rear end or wire wheels could take an upgrade from 12 HP to 50 or more and they certainly won't withstand the torque!
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nice 10 year old thread recovery with no additional useful info oldtech

evolvo- i still want to see you convert that thing to an e-car
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Yeah, looking at post dates is something I forget to do. Just the fact that it was an EV thread caught my eye. The Austin would sure make a cool one though, eh!
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I am hoping to see you proceed with this project! I have been a big electric car fan since the seventies but have never bit the bullet and did it! I have books I bought back then that would be cool to use, basic old stuff, 30-50 miles was super easy to get back then. With modern batteries (about $1500 at LKQ) it would be a breeze.

When I found the block cracked on my Rambler when I was building it I seriously thought of going electric and started studying it. I ended up going back to the flathead but really, it's not a big deal to go electric.



I have sense thought about a 20's car, for my daily driver every day. And going electric would be a blast! You know there were no electric cars than gas on the road up until the T was introduced?



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I was talking about electric cars with a fireman. He told me he just went through training on what to do when there is an electric vehicle stuck in water. He told me they were trained to sit by and basically wait until the batteries have died enough for the people to stop sizzling. Not sure how true that was... there goes my plans to buy a volt.
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And what are your plans for when the gas car you are in is on fire? Geeez


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ahh... electric ...

back in the early 90s... inland motor showed a prototype pancake motor... 23" square... overall shaft lenght of 8".. yes from end to end.. it had 360 horsepower and 1,000 foot pounds of torque from 0 to 3600 RPM.. it was designed for local passenger busses. i think they were just going to figure out how to bolt it up directly to the differential. i really wanted a pair of them to mount between my friends boat transmissions and the 3" prop shafts. for those who are curious... 32" props with a 28 pitch 3 bladed.

for those making their own electric car .. could i suggest.. creating a form or plug and having a thermal vacuum forming shop make a custom battery box for you. it should be molded with structure to support the batteries.. its not that hard to do.. if the shop does not have to create the mold.. it won't even be expensive.

i personally wondered if the toyota prius drivedrain could be dropped into a much earlier toyota corolla.. why bother with engineering a bunch of stuff.. if you can just bolt it in. you would have to do some.. but crashed prius models do exist. if you can get them before the dismantler gets their hammers on them to sell parts off..
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