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Picked up a very partially built 1935 Ford truck kit car, brought it back to my garage to start the project. The plan is the elctrify it using a UQM-160 motor/controller. I plan on updating this as I go, but I am a little behind on starting this.

First pic back in September of 2020:
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Which brings me to where I'm at today, I have got the wheels and 12v electrical ran, now it's time to electrify this thing.

Pic of my youngest with her little one and me with my big one.
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One of the local cities out here has converted some of the Ford F-150 trucks using the UQM and torque trends direct drive transmissions for local use. Makes it a little easier if I have any issues with this specific setup.
 

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I have acquired the ev-torquebox from torque trends that is commonly used with the UQM motor
Nice setup. :) It's a good match for the truck, since the truck is designed to use Ford components and the ev-Torquebox was originally designed for Ford trucks.

It should get the motor into a suitable speed range, and I see it lets you place the motor well back in the chassis.
 

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How much did you get the kit for? I have toyed with buying one.. but didn’t want to get it new
The kit was purchased from factory five racing directly, I think this particular kit starts at 20k.

There's a factory five forum that is pretty good with helping me build it, they have a cars for sale section.
 

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The kit was purchased from factory five racing directly...
I was assuming that you had purchased the kit from someone who had started it, perhaps misunderstanding this comment:
Picked up a very partially built 1935 Ford truck kit car...
Factory Five offers some of their models in varying levels of completeness, but the Truck seems to come as only a "complete kit", and the chassis appears to come already built, unlike the pile-of-parts approach of traditional kits.
 

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Hey Megatro451, I've seen your posts on the FFR forum and like the look and what you're doing.

Have you decided where the battery modules are going? I've been thinking of doing something similar with the 33 HR, but possibly using the whole rear cradle assembly from a Tesla (S or3) and perhaps putting the battery modules in the engine bay and/or under the floor, if there is enough room.

Do you know deep that area is? Since there won't be any mufflers to go under there, I was wondering if that might be a good place to put some of them.

Keep it up!

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Hey Megatro451, I've seen your posts on the FFR forum and like the look and what you're doing.

Have you decided where the battery modules are going? I've been thinking of doing something similar with the 33 HR, but possibly using the whole rear cradle assembly from a Tesla (S or3) and perhaps putting the battery modules in the engine bay and/or under the floor, if there is enough room.

Do you know deep that area is? Since there won't be any mufflers to go under there, I was wondering if that might be a good place to put some of them.

Keep it up!

Jay
If I had a lot more money, I mean a lot, I would probably do the tesla rear motor and do a bunch of tesla batteries. Unfortunetly, I am not that rich, so I had to figure out what to spend money on and what could wait. My opinion is that the tesla setups are the best, but also very expensive. A 33 HR with a tesla setup would be awesome, do a bunch in the engine bay, and stuff the rest in the center area, some where the gas tank would go, but I wouldn't do under the car if I didn't have to. It would be awesome.

Tesla S batteries are super good, the reason the 3 batteries are so much cheaper is the size, they are just too long to put anywhere, even if I put it under my 35, it would go from the mid engine bay all the way back to the bed, which is just too long and too low to the ground.

I've acquired some way less expensive batteries that should get me 10-15 mile range until I win the lottery and can afford the better batteries.
 

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Yeah, I get that, for sure. I've seen full rear cradles for $6500 (cost of a decent V8) but then you add on $8k for batteries, couple grand for controller, etc. and it adds up very fast.

I've been binging Snowdog's Electric Supercar build all weekend, and like the idea of the Tesla rear motor.

The Model 3 is a little narrower, but either one should work on the 33 with the appropriate frame mods.
 

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Yeah, I get that, for sure. I've seen full rear cradles for $6500 (cost of a decent V8) but then you add on $8k for batteries, couple grand for controller, etc. and it adds up very fast.

I've been binging Snowdog's Electric Supercar build all weekend, and like the idea of the Tesla rear motor.

The Model 3 is a little narrower, but either one should work on the 33 with the appropriate frame mods.
My calc was something like 20K for just tesla S batteries, so that was out...

I also subscribe to SnowDog, I wonder if he'll ever post a breakdown of the cost of everything...

I am no welder, so once the telsa 3 batteries wouldn't bolt in with modification, I was out.
 
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