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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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Monday, November 19, 2007

Electric Vehicle ( EV ) Conversion 11-19-2007

Lloyd helped me load 800 pounds of batteries onto the rear battery packs.
OK, he did most the heavy lifting, but I'm more of a management/supervisor type anyway.

Later, Paul couldn't wait another day for me to wire all of the battery management boards and resistors, so helped me cut, lug, and crimp cables on the condition we would make the wheels spin.

Bob, did the honors after spending ten minutes testing my batteries, checking my connections, and letting me know I connected the front pack to the rear pack wrong.

What happened was that I had labeled the 2 cables (1 red and 1 white) and forgot that the red was to go from Positive in the front pack to Negative in the rear, and the white from the negative connection in the front to positive in the rear. Well it took just 2 days for me to forget and I hooked up the red labeled cable in the rear to the positive and the white to negative. No sparks, but I wasn't getting the expected voltage.

Once we switched the cables around in the Anderson connector, we were good to go.

Bob did the honors of spin testing the motor and wheels. 1st with 4 of the batteries from the rear pack.

We weren't expecting that big of a spark, and didn't want to burn the motor out, so decided to lessen the voltage before connecting the jumper cables again.
Next we tried it with 24 Volts.

I'm pretty stoked, as before today I had not tested the motor. I had seen the rear shaft spin while rolling the car, but not via electrical power.

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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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