A friend of the family bought this thing and drove it a little, but every time it broke he had to have it towed in and he got tired of putting money into it.
So he gave it to me, currently not running.
If I can get 25 - 30 miles @45mph out of it I can use it as a commuter (10 miles each way, back roads). But I don't know if its possible the way its currently setup, without piling cash into it anyways.
Its a slightly unusual conversion
The body is in alright shape. It does have some rust along the bottom, but nothing awful. All the panels are straight and its even still got the hubcaps and all its chrome trim.
The engine bay.
I'll get to the motor in a sec. See those two rusted metal plates, one attached to the engine mount and the other with the chain and spring? That's the 'speed control'. Its single speed. Push the gas pedal and the plates sandwich the momentary pushbutton switch that's between them. This switch operates the relays.
I don't like this setup, if I'm going to keep it I need to see about getting some sort of variable speed controller setup.
All those extra small wires? I'm not sure. I think two of them run to the Ammeter and voltmeter on the dash. The fan on the motor is powered, so that's another set. I don't have a wiring diagram, it is what it is.
Now the motor. Its a 30V aircraft generator. The batteries are setup as 32V, currently reading 33.85. Not sure when they were last charged, I'll do that today.
And the batteries. Currently powered by 6 12V AGM Lead-Acid batteries. Doesn't seem like enough tbh.
The one on the far left is an accessory battery, its hooked to the charger. The one on the top next to the charger is hooked in parallel to the accessory battery.
The wooden plank is holding up the headliner, which I'm pulling out today.
Yeah. That's a Generac generator under the hood.
There's also a golf cart battery charger, another accessory battery and its charger. Supposedly all three chargers are hooked to the golfcart battery's timer, switch it on and they all charge. The main power cord exits from the gas cap, naturally.
Now, I'm guessing that it was not originally setup to have 3 accessory batteries. I was given two 'spare' grey batteries, one with a dead cell and other with a broken post.
It looks like it's currently running 2 groups of 3 batteries in series. It probably had 3, but when it lost two batteries from the pack it was just setup the way it is now. Nine batteries in the main pack seems better than 6, though still not as many as I'd expect.
I'm still pondering if I want to take this project on. I haven't seen a 30V motor used in one of these, and while I suppose it works, I'm not sure how well.
If I do keep it I'm finding a variable speed controller and a DC/DC converter for it, three battery chargers is a bit much.