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1987 Honda Accord hatchback?

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I have a beloved 87 Accord that has given me over a quarter million miles, and I'm considering it as a donor for an EV conversion. I'm looking for it to become a simple commuter car, ~40 mile range @ 40 MPH.

First (and probably most important) question: Is this a suitable vehicle?

For background, I've done some basic auto repair activities, but I am bolstered by a group of friends with access to equipment and a greater skill set than mine. They've promised to help, between bouts of laughter at my hijinx.

I've browsed through much of the NuWiki front page links, and while it's overwhelming in toto, I believe I'm seeking the simplest approach: DC, lead-acid batteries, maintaining the clutch. According to web research, my Accord has a curb weight of ~2600 lbs and a CdA of 7 ft^2; can't seem to find anything about the GVWR.
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Hey Zig,

I cant email you back as your account dosent have email receiving enabled. I got my batteries from a company that removes UPS/Telcom batteries from call centres. When the betteries are reduced to 90% productivity the call centres bring in a battery company to replace them with new ones. I purchased the old ones from this company. I supose id I didnt buy them they could sell them as scrap. There are also of call centres where I live in New Brunswick, Canada. I would suggest trying to find a company like that in your area, where do you live?
Hey Zig,

If your trying to operate on the same budget as I am theres not alot of options. Ive heard people have had luck with used golf cart batteries. You could approach cart shops or golf courses. I basically found my batteries by asking everyone localy, and everyone I asked was so interested in what I was doing they put effort into helping me find something. It also helps that I'm an IT technician and I knew a few ppl to point me in the right direction.

I see from your previous post that your now rethinking everything, I decided I'm just going to go for it with out worrying about that stuff. I know when Im done the car probably wont be that usable, ha ha, but I will have learned alot and spent next to no money. I expect that I will be doing numerous upgrades as time goes on. Thats part of the learning process. Did you decide on a budget? I think that will really dictate what you should be looking for.
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