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  1. 1974 Chevy Nova

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    I still own a 1974 Chevy Nova two door. It is a inline 6 speed with 3 speed standard transmission. I was thinking about removing all of the internal combustion parts and having an adapter plate fabricated that will bolt onto the existing transmission. I may also need a motor. And a coupler...
  2. EV Conversion in Japan

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    Hello! I've been following the EV scene for a few years, and am thinking about trying to convert one on the cheap, just for fun (not a gas-hater). I live in Japan and am wondering if there are any other users living here who might have some tips? I'm thinking of starting with an older kei van...
  3. Cheap controller ideas

    Controllers
    Hi all I'm busy planning my first EV conversion and I'm looking at options for controlling the motor on a very tight budget. I plan on converting a small car similar to a Nissan 1400 with a max speed of 100 km/h and a range of about 50 km.I understand that the lower the voltage the cheaper...
  4. Low cost electric Beetle

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    Hi all I am new to converting cars to electric so I have decided to do my first conversion on a simple, cheap VW Beetle. By using a Beetle I plan on making the conversion a simple as possible as the Beetle doesn't have power breaks, power steering or any complicated wiring. I aim to make this...
  5. 1st build

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    Hi this is my first post on this forum. I'm 15 years old and have recently taken an interest in EV cars. I have been looking into building an EV car as a summer project. Heres what i need: capable of 45+ mph 40+ miles range under $2500 I have all the tools and mechanical help necessary. I was...
  6. Adaptor Plate and Coupler for VW Beetle

    Technical Discussion
    I am planing to keep the clutch in my VW Beetle. (Warp 9 Motor) So i am looing for a CHEAP Adaptor and Coupler, any ideas where to get them? Also i read that the alignment is the most important thing when connecting the motor. I also read that a rubber Star Spider in the Lovejoy coupler helps...
  7. Looking for a cheap-ish 72V charger

    Batteries and Charging
    Hi, I am currently working on a Go-Kart project that will have 24 LiFePO4 cells to make around 72V. I am looking for a charger to finish my BOM. One cheap one I've found is: http://www.evassemble.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=8 I've also seen more expensive...
  8. Cheap charging options

    Batteries and Charging
    I am planning my first EV project using a '78 Honda CB400T. It will be 48V with a Mars/Etec style motor. I'm hoping for a 12-15 mile range and a top speed of 50 mph for my commute. My question is about charging. I know using four separate cheaper 12V chargers can work well to keep everything...
  9. Planning any donor conversion daily driver, for 60 miles

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    Hi, I am a full time student at a local college. I have always wanted to build an electric car, but never had the need until now. My daily drive is 30 miles to school and then 30 back, creating a total of 60 miles. I am in need of advice on what would be the best motor and pack combination for...
  10. Source for Cheap Parts?

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    I'm a school teacher, so I don't have a huge budget for this. Any idea where I can get a REALLY cheap forklift to take parts from to start my conversion on a 1994 Saturn? I really want to do this, but it seems everyone spends $10,000 to make a conversion. Not bad for a new car, but money is...
  11. Cheap Vacuum pump source

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    I jyst got a Surplus Center catalog today. Inside the front page was 135 VDC vacuum pump for $14.95 http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID=2008111217250165&catname=&qty=1&item=4-1801
  12. Where to find batteries?

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    I'm going to build an electric bike out of an old gs500 but im on a tight budget and having a hard time finding batteries for it. I'm thinking 48volts so I need four and since they need to be cheap i want flooded lead - acid. Any ideas?
  13. Attractively priced small AC drive system

    Parts Vendors
    http://www.electricmotorsport.com/store/ems_ev_parts_motors_ac-induction.php System's performance is very similar to Advanced DC Motors' FB1-4001 @~120V http://www.electroauto.com/catalog/dcmotors.shtml which is said to be rated for ev's <5000lb's. I contacted the company and they said they will...
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