Originally Posted by dcgray2
Considering a father / son project for my sons first car.
Looking at a 1959 Ford F-100 as the project car.
- It's factory curb weight is 3000 lbs
- It has a 3 speed transmission.
- We live in SW PA so lots of hills.
- Would like the truck to be highway capable - sustained 70 MPH
- Want truck to have respectable performance, no race car, but no snoozer either
- Would like a reliable range of 70 miles
Would like to put weight of batteries in (under)? the bed to get weight over drive wheels.
Need to understand if this is doable and at what approximate cost.
- What size motor?
- How many of what type of battery?
- And a whole bunch of questions that I don't even know that I don't know...
Thanks in advance!
I am working on converting a S10. It has a similar weight and size. I am going to use a 9" Warp motor and 120V LiFePO4 batteries (100 Ah).
But, Ohio is rather flat compared to SW PA. My Dad is from there, and I have spent some time there.
Your issues are going to be how many batteries you will need to get the range you are looking for. You will probably need 144V and 200 Ah to go that distance. Lead batteries are cheaper, but won't last very long compared to Lithium.
How much highway driving is another thing. Trucks aren't very aerodynamic, and going fast isn't good for range.
While it is a good project idea, it won't be cheap, and you could buy a new car for twice the price. It isn't a pick-up truck, but it is the easy way out. If you could live with 40 miles range or use Lead Acid, it might be better financially in the short term.