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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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Sunday, July 29, 2007

EV ( Electric Vehicle ) Conversion 7-29-2007

Today was a lot of fun hard work. A couple of trips to AutoZone and the wiring is pretty much done. As I wasn't sure where to drill holes for the new switches, I used some cardboard to test out that everything worked.

I feel it is now better than before, of course it's not pretty yet, but already the functionality is better. Whereas before, I had separate buttons, one to lift up the headlights, and another to turn them on ; I now have a pull knob that turns on the running lights on at the 1st position from off, pull a little more and both the headlights pop up and they turn on as well. Plus I have much larger LEDs to show me what's going on as well as the light up switches themselves.
All internal 12V wiring is done with switches, relays, and fuses as simply as possible.

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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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