Good evening everybody,
This is my first post here, so for the introduction:
My name is Alex B., i am an Engineer in New York.
I have very good computer, decent electronics, limited mechanical skills. Always willing to learn as i go.
I have finally gotten past the two year spousal approval stage of performing my conversion.
Work on home remodeling/repairs/upgrades and persistence pays off.
Bought a green 1999 Audi A6 Quattro automatic to convert. It is an AWD car, there is no way to turn off the AWD part that i know of.
I got the Audi as it has "easy" access to the engine from the front. Inspired by the Metric Mind Audi conversion.
The car does not drive at the moment, possibly a transmission issue, not sure.
I am still a bit undecided on whether to keep the possibly broken old transmission or do a direct drive (direct to differential that is).
Would like to get some input from you guys as to how to proceed better.
My realistic expectations are as follows:
As inexpensive a conversion as possible. If this one goes well, will do a more expensive one next time.
I would like to use the open ReVolt controller by Paul and Sabrina. Or it's AC brother once it is ready to go.
Will need 20-30 mile range, i will be driving it around town, mostly stop and go traffic.
Would like to get 60-75 mph speeds when needed. Mostly will drive in the 40s.
I would like to be able to utilize all of the car safety features (ABS, airbags, power steering, and power brakes). Have kids and cannot lose the safety aspect.
I am trying to learn about what motors would be best suited for this car, so i can narrow down my ebay and craigslist searches. I understand it should be over 100lb and around 20 or more HP to move this 3500lb car.
Not sure if i should stop digging for forklift motors or not.
I will most likely start with lead acid batteries, but will buy them last. If the conversion will go smoothly will purchase them or LiFePo4 (or whatever will be decent and cheaper by the time i'm done).
Working only on weekends and sometimes after work, i am hoping it should take me a year to do it.
I have a garage to do some of the work in, but there is no space for the car, it will be worked on in the driveway. I don't have a lift either, but do have triangles that will let me raise the car off the ground a bit. Can also build wooden stands if need be.
Please let me know your thoughts, criticism, ideas, comments, and advice.
Thank you in advance,