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Mission for 2007 Accomplished: Convert an ICE to an EV.

Hi my name is Manny. In March 2007 I picked up a nice '69 VW pan with upgraded disc brakes,shocks and an electric motor already mated to the tranny. I also acquired a '71 pan/'74 SuperBettle ICE based/'79-'80 styled Bradley GT2 (non-electric version with an '88 title.) from eBay. Took pretty much the whole month to get legal (not me, I was born here) with the DMV and CHP. Now the fun begins. Update: EV completed in December 2007

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Electric Vehicle ( EV ) Conversion 3-9-2007

I call up another body shop that sounds interested in giving the car a look. I take a picture of a Viper he has in the shop to see if the hood mechanism can be emulated on the BGT.

He checks out my car and recommends I talk to the shop next door to him.


Reiss Racing does a lot of custom work, the owner gives me a tour of his shop.
There are 4 or 5 off road racing trucks, as well as an old 'Cuda they are working on. They have a really sweet classic Camaro on a lift that looks cherry. The roll bars and welded frames on the trucks he shows me, has me convinced that he'd be able to come in handy in figuring out the battery boxes for the conversion.
He would take on the job to subsidize his racing.
He tells me he has worked on a Bradley before.
Bonus: his rate is less expensive than the other places.

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Why I'm doing this.

Yeah, I care about the environment as much as the next guy. And yeah, I'm a nerdy geek. But, when it comes down to it, what really made me spend my free time and money on this endeavor, is knowing that: every time I put in any gas in my car, some money (a penny is too much) is going to people that want to KILL our kids.
"You don’t have to be a military strategist on the order of Sun Tzu or Carl von Clausewitz to understand: It is a bad idea to fund your enemy’s war effort. But every time we fill the tanks of our cars with gasoline we put money in the pockets of terrorists intent on killing Americans."
Clifford D. May

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