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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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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Electric Vehicle ( EV ) Conversion 4-4-2007

I found my mechanic on Craig's List.
Basically, I figured I could use the help (, pay someone who knows what they are doing.)
I went with the lowest quote that I got from all the Mobile Mechanics in the area. Here's the RFQ I sent out:

Would like a quote for the following:
Replace 71 VW beetle drum brakes with Karman Ghia disc brakes.
Install new shocks.
Remove 74 VW SuperBeetle engine from vehicle and replace with another motor.
Lots more work but would like to start with that.

Richard's Ad:
Can't beat that.
Nor could anyone beat his quote.

Met him on Sunday, and we went over the job. A little while later he found that he got himself into a lot more than he bargained for. I'll detail the BGT2's problems later.
12 hours later :
1 Shock installed then removed
Old front Brakes removed along with Gas Tank.
It was fun, so we agreed to continue today for another day's work.
I was missing a couple parts that had fallen apart on Sunday, so we went to a shop called VW Paradise not too far away as soon as they opened at 8AM.

Now, I need to work to be able to pay Richard, and I'm also not at a point where I can leave a guy I just met @ my house all alone. That's where the BGT-Cam comes in.
Every once in awhile I'd check in on him via web cam (notice the respect/reverence he has for my car):

Richard praying to the EV gods, and then kneeling to the Bradley GT2.

Here's some footage from the end of the day. Mounts upgraded wheel and then the "Roll Test".

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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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