Bill Dube wrote:
> I really do hope Bob Rice gets better quickly. No one is better than
> Bob when you need a hand or help of some sort.
I agree! Bob and a couple friends visited last summer on their way to
Woodburn. One was Andy Tong, who worked with Bob in Taiwan building his
"Electro Liner" (and went on to work for GM designing the EV-1). This
was an EV precursor for his later work in designing the Sebring Vanguard
I can't get out to visit Bob; but Andy has. I talked to him last week,
and he says Bob is doing much better. He understands fine, though still
has trouble talking. He is in therapy and making good progress on
getting his motor skills back. He has a good chance for a full recovery
(if he listens to his doctor and keeps up on his therapy). His main
problem is the inevitable depression that comes after such a
I was trying to think of something to do to cheer him up, and decided to
make a model of his Electro Liner. I didn't quite get it done for
Christmas, but it's getting close! Bob had provided some home movies of
it when he visited last summer, and Andy provided some additional photos
and details. In the process, I've had to create plans for it. It's a
very interesting and creative little vehicle! Angle iron space frame.
Solid axles on leaf springs, front and rear. Twin golf cart motors, each
driving its own back wheel with a gear drive (so no transmission or
differential). Four 12v 8D batteries (equivalent to eight 6v golf cart
batteries). Contactor controller. Plywood body. Looks like a pint-sized
VW microbus. There are movies of him carrying a dozen people in it!
My model is very similar; it's about 7" long and made from brass angle,
soldered together, with a thin plywood body, and same drive setup. I
have a photo of Bob at the wheel and Andy in the passenger seat, which
I'll put in it. I'd like to collect pictures of all his EV friends, and
put them together into a long "group photo". Then put the model in a
"diorama", with this composite photo in the background, so it looks like
the Electro Liner is racing past with Bob and Andy, and all of use in
the background cheering him on.
What do you think? Can anyone help with the photos? Who wants to be "in"
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget the perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in -- Leonard Cohen
Lee A. Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377, leeahart_at_earthlink.net
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