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Our new project is home. It was purchased as a complete running and registered EV. We are going to be going through this build and fixing the little quirks it has and may have. We will be swapping out batteries too. Currently it is at 144 volts but they are 12 volt Marine floodies. Ouch. We will get some new photos and we will inform you of our findings and changes and any new photos and logs we may attain.

The vehicle is a 77 MG Midget. Called Black Midge. Lets see what we can do to make this one sweet little ride. It currently sports a Kelly KDH14850B Series Controller and a Warp 9". Literally still new. Original Build began in 08 and changed a little during that time. Quickcharge Select-A-Charge charger on board set for floodies. Quickcharge now has a lithium battery algorithm that can be installed for a nominal fee if you send in your charger if you already have one like we do. They will set it up to charge a specific voltage and cell setup if you have lithium Prismatic cells like TS, CALB or Hi-Power or GBS. It is not adjustable but I am sure I could get them to install a couple different settings if I wanted to play with it a bit. I will talk to them again.

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Yeah! It is in decent condition but has a few things I want to change. For now during the testing and reconfiguring I will leave the lead in the car. I did some controller changes just a few minutes ago and found a few things that needed to be changed. I am going to go take it for a quick spin here and I will report back. It is a tiny car but has a bunch of leg room which I really like. Kind of like my old MGA I had for a brief period back in 77. It had a buick v6 and powerglide tranny. Damn thing flew but was not in the best of condition. Had the wire wheels which did not last long due to rust. I rather like the older midgets because they do not have those huge late 70's bumpers. But it is still a nice vehicle. Looks to be pretty much rust and accident free. It has had a repaint. Original was blue. Had to have been done many many years ago. I like.

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I will report back here real soon.
 
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Throttle is still cutting out a bit but I will dig out the problem. Never did like the PB6 I had in my Ghia. The one from evnetics is better. Going to recheck parameters and change the throttle settings and going to set the controller for torque rather than speed. I have a clunking coming from the drivers side rear but only when turning. Can't figure if its the rear end going or something else. Never dealt with MG suspension. It as leaf spring helpers added to help with the weight of the batteries. It is nice and level even with the weight and handles the rough road down the street from me quite well. The front is a bit touchy but steering is responsive. Almost too responsive. The motor is not a Warp 9" but a Warp Impulse 9". Damn thing is huge but it is very quiet. Much quieter than my GE I had in my Ghia. The GE is not that bad but it is not as quiet as the Warp Impulse.

Has disc brakes up front but you really need to lay on the brakes to stop. I like the brakes from the VW better.

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I will changing some things and going out for another drive. Will report back again.
 
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Where did you get that I had CALB's? I have Hi-Power 100 AH and yes we will be doing that soon. We still have things to iron out but it should be going well soon. I rewired in the evnetics throttle I purchased for my Ghia and it works sooooooo much better and smoother. We need a DC DC but that will come. More testing tomorrow even if it rains. Going to go charge up the car.

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I have a clunking coming from the drivers side rear but only when turning.

I dunno MGs, but had a Sunbeam Tiger that kept ripping rubber motor mounts and allowing tranny to twist under heavy accel. I would check motor, tranny, rear mounts for sheared rubber, broken welds, etc.
 

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Where did you get that I had CALB's? I have Hi-Power 100 AH and yes we will be doing that soon. We still have things to iron out but it should be going well soon. I rewired in the evnetics throttle I purchased for my Ghia and it works sooooooo much better and smoother. We need a DC DC but that will come. More testing tomorrow even if it rains. Going to go charge up the car.

Pete :)
My bad. I remember you answering my question somewhere about what happened to HP cells. BTW where did you buy them. Lithiumstorage.com has stopped selling them for some reason.
 
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Barefoot Motors. They have moved to Florida. May or may not open doors again. Too much red tape for converting and selling electric 4 wheelers in Oregon.


As for the clunking, it only happens when doing a tight right turn. Visually it looks good under there but with full weight on the suspension I guess something could be amiss. I remember something like that long ago but just can't remember what it was. Kinda remember something to do with brakes. I need to jack it up and remove the rear brake drum to see. Also to relieve pressure and see if anything is loose. Going strait or on left turns or slightly right there is no problem but only on tight right turns. Car is too back heavy. I need to get some weight off the back. It is a car designed for forward weight not rear weight.

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Great platform! MG are fun cars with less than perfect/reliable ICE.
With a good electric motor you'll have the best of both worlds.

What does the '77 MG weigh right now?

Looking forward to seeing your project.


Our new project is home. It was purchased as a complete running and registered EV. We are going to be going through this build and fixing the little quirks it has and may have. We will be swapping out batteries too. Currently it is at 144 volts but they are 12 volt Marine floodies. Ouch. We will get some new photos and we will inform you of our findings and changes and any new photos and logs we may attain.

The vehicle is a 77 MG Midget. Called Black Midge. Lets see what we can do to make this one sweet little ride. It currently sports a Kelly KDH14850B Series Controller and a Warp 9". Literally still new. Original Build began in 08 and changed a little during that time. Quickcharge Select-A-Charge charger on board set for floodies. Quickcharge now has a lithium battery algorithm that can be installed for a nominal fee if you send in your charger if you already have one like we do. They will set it up to charge a specific voltage and cell setup if you have lithium Prismatic cells like TS, CALB or Hi-Power or GBS. It is not adjustable but I am sure I could get them to install a couple different settings if I wanted to play with it a bit. I will talk to them again.

Pete :)

http://www.diyelectriccar.com/garage/cars/296

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My new pack will be about 280 lbs. :) It will only be 96 volts and 100ah but it will be lithium.

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RE clunking. Two things come to mind. CV joints do that, usually when turning one way or the other but if you're in that bug van it doesn't have any.

The other, just did this repair on my wifes car, was the wheel bearing. It was installed improperly and made the brake rotor wobble along with the wheel. That made it click (rotor clanking back and forth betwween the brake pads) and clicked faster as speed increased. Hitting the brakes made it noticably worse and made the brakes appear as the problem. A smart mechanic found the problem, not the one who changed it in the first place!
 
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Good thoughts. The Bus is not running yet. The Bus will have an all new running gear both front and rear.

Pete :)

The Bus will be our main focus.
 
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Update: We are fully charged now and the batteries are holding at 151 volts for the 144 volt pack. That measures out to be about 80% capacity. The batteries are marine 12 volt floodies and are a good two years old. They are clean but not holding well. I will attribute some with the cold and some with age and some with not being used much. The evnetics throttle is connected but not installed to actually use on the road. It is raining now so not much will be done except I will install the throttle so it can be used and we are putting together the small pack of lithiums to go into the car. Since the car is rear heavy I need to remove those darn batteries from the trunk area soon. I will be configuring the controller for a lower voltage system as soon as the lithiums are charged and installed.

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We have removed the lead from the Black Midge and replaced it with 120 volts of lithium batteries. I will be installing my Synkromotive until the new Kelly arrives. The new charger will also be used and I will be using the least setting for added protection to the pack until we know how it behaves. We will be monitoring the cell voltages during the charge cycle. We will check like every 10 minutes unless we see any quick rise in voltage levels. We may even go with the miniBMS because this vehicle will be sold and any future owner may want to have a BMS installed. We shall see. It is not for sure yet. I am still on the fence but leaning towards no BMS but for sure we need some sort of monitoring. I can split the pack in two for keeping track of differing voltages while out on a drive. We do want an AH in/out meter that we can log.

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Awesome! I'm interested to hear about the changes you experience as you swap from Pb to Li. I'll be making the swap myself soon.

How much weight did you drop?
Let us know when you discover the range and acceleration (even if its subjective).
 
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