Originally Posted by EVEngineeer
Where is there section to Build the EV? Where does it go in the process to install all the components? Also, Would it be easier for people to buy everything with a basic idea of what batteries to get and then when everything is put together, you can then measure and build the battery box(s), then buy the batteries, and then install them? I'm thinking that way, because if you buy the batteries along with the other parts, with the thought that you would have certain dimensions, what if the outcome is not exactly how you planned it to be? The car can be tested with junk batteries, just to make sure everything works. I would rather make sure everything is exactly the way it is after installation and then buy and install the real batteries.
The procedure I outlined is fairly generic in that much of the procedure applies to any major restoration/modification of a car or truck, ICE or electric, AC or DC.
Steps 7 and 8, although they're not described in detail, have 'fabricate motor mounts...install the motor and transmission" and "determine battery placement...make battery boxes... mount battery, charger, etc". The exact details of the component installation are going to vary for each build because the component choices and vehicle dimensions are going to be different from one case to the next.
Unless you know exactly what size and shape of batteries you are building with, it is chancy to build the boxes without having actual batteries to test fit. The battery selection is fairly critical to meeting your performance (range/speed) goals - the battery system design basically determines how much power you can put out in addition to the range you'll get, so in that sense the battery is at least as important as the motor/controller combination.
The build steps should have more pointers to material already posted in the Wiki; but just because it doesn't at this point, won't prevent you from searching either here or on Google to broaden your knowledge base.
Also... no guide, no matter how complete or detailed, is going to give you 100% of what you need to do your conversion. There is always One More Thing; and there is always 80% more work to do.