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1978 VW Kombi - South Africa

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1978 VW Kombi

Hi all,

My name is Mike im a 32 years young South African. I have minor mechanical experiance only what i have learnt from the years of watching my dad do every thing by him self. I studied Electronic till matric and entered my first jobs a few weeks before writing finals. Strangly it was for a battery distribution chain.

Ok so i have been trolling around the forums for some time and read the "I want to build an EV! Where do I start?" Awesome idea Robert and thanks for saving me months in the planing of my EV. I have been wanting to get an EV conversion done for the longest time now and most greatful to find this site with so much info my head nearly exploded the first day i started reading.

Finally after weeks of planning and searching for a donar i come across this 1978 VW Kombi Bus, some of my inspirations can be found on EVAlbum
"Electric VW Bus" , “Voltabus” & "Volty" to mention a few.

I have commited to the car and it is now sitting in my back yard. I baught it without an engine and as the car has been standing for more than a year being used as an office for the car dealer and take away shop. It started to roll with a big clank and i guess im going to have to check, clean and re grease all moving parts.

I have not finalised what system or motor etc i will be using leaning towards 144V but still playing with some numbers of costs and weights etc. So the plan now is to clean out all the unnecessary items and check that all mechanical items are in good working order. Then going to start meassuring up and planning the battery placements, and possible weight reductions.

Really excited to get started and cant wait for her to be up and running.


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someone put the side door and the steering wheel on the wrong sides of the car.
Nah, Maybe he just developed the film negative backwards?.......

Honestly, it is a great project. I hope you are still working on it.

Keep at it. Most people have a money problem, it just needs time.

Give it time.

For the motor/controller....

Look locally for a damaged or older fork truck to part out. You can find great other parts there too.

It might help with the import problem.

We (in the USA) are spoiled because we have mostly everything at our finger tips, except for lithium batteries.

Go for it!

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