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'77 Datsun 280Z Conversion. Any Help?

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Wrong forum I think, it looks like most of this stuff is on here.

I just recently became interested in the benefits of electric cars. Doing some local auto searches online (www.ksl.com), I found what I hope to be a perfect candidate: A 1977 Datsun 280Z that is in very good condition body-wise.

I was wondering of some members of this site could offer some insight on the subject. Are there any kits out there that would be BEST? What would you recommend? What am I looking at cost wise? Here's a link to the car: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=443&sid=&tab=list/view&ad=311061

Thank you for responding.

Also I am readily available at [email protected] or [email protected]

Thanks again,
Soubi
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As MattW said, most coversions add weight to your car..especially if you end up using flooded lead acid batteries like most of us do..see this thread http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/showthread.php/battery-question-15.html They weigh about 70lbs each and you probably will need some upgrades to your suspension and brakes. I upgraded my Civic's rear suspension and brakes using Acura Integra parts. Here is a site that will show you how to do the same for your car. Save the link, If you choose floodies for your conversion..you will need it! http://www.msu.edu/~levesqu6/links.htm
 

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I have actually seen this conversion http://www.austinev.org/evalbum/159
in person. The guy had all the batteries in one large box center of the bus. The box was vented and had a padded covering. Looked like an easy conversion...well at least where batteries are concerned. I had to wonder about range though...not exactly a light or aerodynamic vehicle. You can see the battery box a little on this link.... http://www.electroauto.com/gallery/bus.shtml

Btw..you've seen this thread http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/showthread.php/favorite-donor-car-541.html right?
 
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