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Australia - PT Cruiser conversion

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G'day I see there are a few PT conversions in USA , anyone know if one has been done in Australia yet.

I might be the first . Total EV Newbie here, DIY EV has been on my list of things to do for a while . I'm listening to ideas & advice . The project is well within my skill level & wan't to do as much as DIY as possible . But learn as I go.

Doing a website as I go, & will put updated & ask noob questions here.

Im thinking I need a motor with shaft on both ends so I can drive powersteer pump , Or is there a 12v pump solution .

my website is

Biggest hurdle so far is finding a VASS engineer in Vic with some DIY EV conversion so I can get the thing Blue Plated (certified ) for road use , coming to a dead end so far. Need to consult one & get the go ahead before I start as the car is currently unregistered.
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I'm surprised that they wouldnt touch your car because its after 1993. I met my engineer yesterday and he said hes done a few conversions on MX5's (production started in 1989 but i am sure he said they were after 1993 models).
He also mentioned the battery boxes i'm installing in the front would add nicely to the structural rigidity of the car and someone replace whatever the engine would do in an accident (1969 car, no problems with 'crumple zones').
I know youre remote so your options are limited. could you get advice from a local EV club or phone advice from an engineer from further afield who might be more accommodating. My engineer charged for travel time, (20minutes down the road), perhaps you could too? and hes only expecting to have to come out 2-3 times. He said he would normally only come out twice but i'm locating my engine between the rear wheels so have some extra complexity/ attention required, to do that properly.
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