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Old 05-22-2008, 02:02 PM
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New York.... that looks like the ones we have
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:28 PM
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http://squarebackev.blogspot.com/

http://www.jbkenterprises.net/EVpage8.html
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:10 AM
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Hey Bigswampthing, what spec can you give on your motor? I'm like you, I dont' have a ton of electrical engineering under me, but I can do redneck engineering pretty well, and you're confirming my thoughts about making something work fairly cheaply LOL
I've been debating picking up a cheap buggy with a blown motor, or converting a samurai I have sitting around...
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:36 AM
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Hi Al and Desi,

Just a newbi here, but thought you might like to know some of my first experiences with an EV VW. My car is on http://www.evalbum.com/1675 if you would like to check it out. I started out with a 72 volt system and Alltrax controller. The controller was great and very quiet but we live a little bit out of town so the car was a bit slow for highway use. Decided to upgrade to 120 volts with a 120volt Curtis controller. Car is greatly improved in power and range, although is getting a bit on the heavy side. Desi had concerns about the Curtis whine but I have found it to be fairly minimal. Especially as it is in the back of the car, it seems less noticeable. Gav was extremely kind enough to take us for a ride in his awesome car, and even though I don't mind the Curtis noise, it was more noticable when in the front of the car. I think it gives EV's character, bit like a petrolhead listening to a V8.
Am still finishing the car for road legalitiy so will keep you posted on range etc. As a point of interest, I specifically picked a 1302S to convert, as it has the coil front suspension, which makes it easier to replace the springs for stronger units if needed and the petrol tank removal left a better space for batteries and I could retain my spare wheel. I made the motor adaptor plate and coupler myself, freight and exchange rate to NZ is a bit expensive. Hope this is of some help.

Cheers Rex
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:16 AM
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Hi Al and Desi,

Just a newbi here, but thought you might like to know some of my first experiences with an EV VW. My car is on http://www.evalbum.com/1675 if you would like to check it out. I started out with a 72 volt system and Alltrax controller. The controller was great and very quiet but we live a little bit out of town so the car was a bit slow for highway use. Decided to upgrade to 120 volts with a 120volt Curtis controller. Car is greatly improved in power and range, although is getting a bit on the heavy side. Desi had concerns about the Curtis whine but I have found it to be fairly minimal. Especially as it is in the back of the car, it seems less noticeable. Gav was extremely kind enough to take us for a ride in his awesome car, and even though I don't mind the Curtis noise, it was more noticable when in the front of the car. I think it gives EV's character, bit like a petrolhead listening to a V8.
Am still finishing the car for road legalitiy so will keep you posted on range etc. As a point of interest, I specifically picked a 1302S to convert, as it has the coil front suspension, which makes it easier to replace the springs for stronger units if needed and the petrol tank removal left a better space for batteries and I could retain my spare wheel. I made the motor adaptor plate and coupler myself, freight and exchange rate to NZ is a bit expensive. Hope this is of some help.

Cheers Rex
Your conversion looks really well done. Does your back seat still fit in there with that battery box? It looks like you have 5 up front 2 in the back with the motor and 3 in the box inside with you? What speed are you going to get 25 miles?
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:59 PM
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Your conversion looks really well done. Does your back seat still fit in there with that battery box? It looks like you have 5 up front 2 in the back with the motor and 3 in the box inside with you? What speed are you going to get 25 miles?
Hi there. Thanks for that. I have 4 batteries in the front, 4 behind the back seat ( which still folds up as stock, for passengers) and 2 in the rear. Speed wise, is a bit of 50 mph and mostly 30 mph for that range, but seems to be getting better with more cycling of the batteries.
Like your idea of doing a Kombi. Would look great. Have seen a photo of a flatdeck with the batteries under the tray on a slide out module. Good luck with your project.

Sorry to Al for hijacking your thread.

Cheers Rex
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:54 AM
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This conversion uses a Kaylor Adaptor Plate that utilizes a stock VW flywheel, clutch and pressure plate!

So I found the company:

http://www.kaylorkit.com/aplate.html

(snip)

I've contacted them for pricing and other information.

I'll let you know what happens.
so here is what happened:

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This mail is for your information only. You should not resend the message.

Original message (id 40712751) received at Tue, 20 May 2008 18:57:10 -0500
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delivery to the following addresses has been delayed:

<kaylor@kaylor-kit.com>
Reporting-MTA: dns; (mine)
Received-From-MTA: dns; (mine)
Arrival-Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 18:57:10 -0500

Final-Recipient: rfc822; kaylor@kaylor-kit.com
Action: delayed
Status: 4.5.1
Last-Attempt-Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 19:10:17 -0500
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451 Name server timeout while searching kaylor-kit.com in DNS

From: (big.al)
Date: May 20, 2008 7:18:18 PM CDT
To: kaylor@kaylor-kit.com
Subject: RE: Inquiry regarding Electric conversion for classic VW

I also tried all phone numbers I could find and all I got was number disconnected and one odd foreign-tongue message that had the sound of number disconnected.


So, unfortunately it looks like that is a dead end.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:13 AM
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Sorry to Al for hijacking your thread.

Cheers Rex

It's related and it gives me more to think about, so I don't consider it hijacking!

Thanks for the posts guys!
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:41 AM
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hmmm. I emailed them to and have not heard back. I guess thats why. It is weird that the website is still up. I might run a whois on them.
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:27 AM
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did that when I got the first round of could not deliver notices.

The domains are good till later this year... like November 08, iirc.

they've actually got 2 domains,

kaylorkit.com and kaylor-kit.com

tried all contacts for both. in CA and CO.

none are good.

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