Mannyman Goes Electric

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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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Friday, November 16, 2007

EV ( Electric Vehicle ) Conversion Nov-2007

The car needs a new clutch cable and some additional work that are beyond my BigLots tool set.

Good thing I made friends with a professional EV mechanic, Bob Van Gorder. I've posted about him and his electric Cony before. A few of the cars that will be at the Electric Dragin' EVent were converted by Bob including a Rolls Royce.

So, Keith (of LightningBugE fame), along with Joseph (Friendly Neighborhood Electric Car Dealer) helped me load up the EGP onto a trailer for the 20 mile trek to Ramona, CA. Luckily Bob's shop survived the recent firestorm, and he had an open bay available for me to work on the car there.

While I was there he was readying a Mazda Miata conversion for its 1st test drive. Here's a video of it.

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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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