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Old 09-28-2008, 05:03 PM
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Default Patrick Roth's zx2EV project

Ok, I couldn't wait for parts, so I got started.

I weighed car at local scales the day after purchase: 2500lbs curb (1600F/900R)

My conversion is a '98 Ford zx2 in fantastic condition with all the options. I started a website to document the process, have filmed my first video and have begun to dismantle the donor. All can be seen here:

http://www.cardomain.com:80/ride/3155482




and I'll keep 'em coming!

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Old 09-28-2008, 05:09 PM
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today:

took measurments of wheel wells, removed hood, removed most accessories that aren't staying.. kept log, took pics, weighed everything that was removed.. put up some components on craigslist to (hopefully) recoup a little cash!

If you want to go into my EVproject email group, send me a pvt with your email address.

oh, one other thing...

Gavin, thanks! This is pretty much all inspired by your website... well, ok, not the idea of having an EV, but certainly the rest of it!!

You know what they say: Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

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Hey Patrick, looking forward to seeing the You Tube videos. Gavin is definitely an inspiration to many including myself. I'm gonna keep checking back on this thread to see your progress!

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Hey Patrick, looking forward to seeing the You Tube videos. Gavin is definitely an inspiration to many including myself. I'm gonna keep checking back on this thread to see your progress!

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No kidding, Gavin's youtube videos inspired me to get back on the bandwagon after having abandoned my last two EV conversions nearly 10 years ago due to financial constraints. Now I have the truck AND I'm re-converting my scooter... it's addictive, I know this, because in the back of my mind I'm already thinking about how the heck I'm going to build a DRAGSTER... lol
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That is one NICE looking little car. May I ask what you paid for the donor? I'm already thinking about my second one


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Old 09-28-2008, 07:31 PM
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That is one NICE looking little car. May I ask what you paid for the donor? I'm already thinking about my second one


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$2500... Much more than I wanted to for a donor, but it is (was) in very good running condition and is EXTREMLY clean inside and out along with being fairly new and well optioned.
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It might be a case of the the blind leading the blind, but I am building a website along parallel lines.... with the goal to inspire the 'common person' to give conversion a shot. All I have to note is that the limiting skill so far was not the electronics (which I fear) but the welding and fabrication of battery racks and motor mounts, which I can handle....

IF you wanna have a look at my site for generic information, feel free, but since I am working on a different vehicle, the specifics won't apply.

anyway, have fun!

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It might be a case of the the blind leading the blind, but I am building a website along parallel lines.... with the goal to inspire the 'common person' to give conversion a shot. All I have to note is that the limiting skill so far was not the electronics (which I fear) but the welding and fabrication of battery racks and motor mounts, which I can handle....

IF you wanna have a look at my site for generic information, feel free, but since I am working on a different vehicle, the specifics won't apply.

anyway, have fun!

D
Your site is great, terrific detail! I like the placement of the vacumn pump, may have to copy that.
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thanks... I was looking for a place for the vacuum pump that would not cause a lot of vibration. anyway, thae current project is to design the under-hood rack for two more batteries. I am pretty sure it is going to require a hood 'scoop' of some kind, but what the heck I am committed to the usgc8vgchx batteries.

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update on day 2:

ok, well not a whole lot done today. Mainly just a bit more disassembly.. various pieces and hoses and brackets, etc.. Acutally, I keep looking at the engine and wondering if maybe I should pay a professional to take that out.. It would be much quicker and simpler. I wouldn't have to buy/rent a hoist, etc.. and since there is a neighborhood garage only one block away.. well, we'll see. I've never taken out an engine before and am feeling a bit intimidated by that part!

latest tidbit: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3155482/3

STILL trying to place an order with KTA for the majority of my components... they must be very busy right now..

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