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Today was a big day for the electric lemon. I tested the motor and
transmission in the car for the first time. I used a single EV-95 NiMH
module to power the motor. Power was controlled using the arcy-sparky
method of touching two pieces of metal together. The wheels spun quite
happily in first gear as can be seen in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLL2mUkeg0

I tried all other gears as well and things seemed fine. The gearbox
is still far louder than I'd like but this is under no load. Hopefully
it will be quieter once I get certain things like the hood,
upholstering etc into the car.

Having come this far I couldn't resist the temptation of taking the
lemon for a totally uncontrolled test drive. I hooked up some longer
cables so that I could control the power from the driver's seat. On a
single, mostly discharged, battery module I was expecting it to just
lethargically inch forward at a leisurely pace. The result was quite
surprising.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9-ZiCxpP1o

The car lurched forward nearly knocking me into the back seat. The
acceleration was brief but sudden and the top speed wasn't exactly
spectacular but it was far more than I had anticipated.

I spent the next half hour driving the car back and forth with a mad
grin on my face. I wonder what my neighbors might think...

The good news is that second and third gears are far quieter than
first. The motor was even able to get the car moving in fourth gear
without too much effort, I never tried fifth. More importantly I now
know that the transmission actually stays in gear under load;
something I was a bit worried about.


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Congratulations Peter,

You're a brave guy with those Flintstone brakes.

The lemon should be a screamer with a few more
batteries.

Jeff M


--- Peter Gabrielsson <[email protected]>
wrote:

> Today was a big day for the electric lemon. I tested
> the motor and
> transmission in the car for the first time. I used a
> single EV-95 NiMH
> module to power the motor. Power was controlled
> using the arcy-sparky
> method of touching two pieces of metal together. The
> wheels spun quite
> happily in first gear as can be seen in this video.
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLL2mUkeg0
>
> I tried all other gears as well and things seemed
> fine. The gearbox
> is still far louder than I'd like but this is under
> no load. Hopefully
> it will be quieter once I get certain things like
> the hood,
> upholstering etc into the car.
>
> Having come this far I couldn't resist the
> temptation of taking the
> lemon for a totally uncontrolled test drive. I
> hooked up some longer
> cables so that I could control the power from the
> driver's seat. On a
> single, mostly discharged, battery module I was
> expecting it to just
> lethargically inch forward at a leisurely pace. The
> result was quite
> surprising.
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9-ZiCxpP1o
>
> The car lurched forward nearly knocking me into the
> back seat. The
> acceleration was brief but sudden and the top speed
> wasn't exactly
> spectacular but it was far more than I had
> anticipated.
>
> I spent the next half hour driving the car back and
> forth with a mad
> grin on my face. I wonder what my neighbors might
> think...
>
> The good news is that second and third gears are far
> quieter than
> first. The motor was even able to get the car moving
> in fourth gear
> without too much effort, I never tried fifth. More
> importantly I now
> know that the transmission actually stays in gear
> under load;
> something I was a bit worried about.
>
>
> --
> www.electric-lemon.com
>




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That second video was great - nothing like the drama of watching an *actual*
first "drive", no seats, no brakes, both hands busy holding wires! The
running commentary (particularly when approaching the house at the end) was
funny.

Congratulations!

Darin
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congrats Peter,
very nice web site. looks like lots of work went into
it as well as your car
now that you have it running sign up for the
electricdragin event in san diego. we have many kinds
of events you can participate in. bring the rc plane
and family as this will be a big event with many
interesting exhibits, camping, good food and fun for
all.

keith


--- Jeff Major <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> Congratulations Peter,
>
> You're a brave guy with those Flintstone brakes.
>
> The lemon should be a screamer with a few more
> batteries.
>
> Jeff M
>
>
> --- Peter Gabrielsson <[email protected]>
> wrote:
>
> > Today was a big day for the electric lemon. I
> tested
> > the motor and
> > transmission in the car for the first time. I used
> a
> > single EV-95 NiMH
> > module to power the motor. Power was controlled
> > using the arcy-sparky
> > method of touching two pieces of metal together.
> The
> > wheels spun quite
> > happily in first gear as can be seen in this
> video.
> >
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLL2mUkeg0
> >
> > I tried all other gears as well and things seemed
> > fine. The gearbox
> > is still far louder than I'd like but this is
> under
> > no load. Hopefully
> > it will be quieter once I get certain things like
> > the hood,
> > upholstering etc into the car.
> >
> > Having come this far I couldn't resist the
> > temptation of taking the
> > lemon for a totally uncontrolled test drive. I
> > hooked up some longer
> > cables so that I could control the power from the
> > driver's seat. On a
> > single, mostly discharged, battery module I was
> > expecting it to just
> > lethargically inch forward at a leisurely pace.
> The
> > result was quite
> > surprising.
> >
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9-ZiCxpP1o
> >
> > The car lurched forward nearly knocking me into
> the
> > back seat. The
> > acceleration was brief but sudden and the top
> speed
> > wasn't exactly
> > spectacular but it was far more than I had
> > anticipated.
> >
> > I spent the next half hour driving the car back
> and
> > forth with a mad
> > grin on my face. I wonder what my neighbors might
> > think...
> >
> > The good news is that second and third gears are
> far
> > quieter than
> > first. The motor was even able to get the car
> moving
> > in fourth gear
> > without too much effort, I never tried fifth. More
> > importantly I now
> > know that the transmission actually stays in gear
> > under load;
> > something I was a bit worried about.
> >
> >
> > --
> > www.electric-lemon.com
> >
>
>
>
>
>
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> Games.
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Hi Daren!

Good show! It is heartwarming top see this stuff go worldwide , via U
Tube!Did that with my Rabbit about 8 years ago, hooked a contacter up to the
key switch, to "go" you turned on the ignition switch, Power cables from the
batteries, loose in the back floor, came through the passenger side window!
Guyz still remember, remark, jokingly anout that! The motor, clutch, and
tranny were hooked up And I wanted to try it out, on the public streets!
Memories!

Good luck!

Bob
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>
> That second video was great - nothing like the drama of watching an
> *actual*
> first "drive", no seats, no brakes, both hands busy holding wires! The
> running commentary (particularly when approaching the house at the end)
> was
> funny.
>
> Congratulations!
>
> Darin
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> http://www.nabble.com/Maiden-voyage-of-the-Electric-Lemon-tf4624708s25542.html#a13214327
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not so much a maiden voyage as an impatient premature run :) I can relate
should be a nice fresh vehicle once done
looking forward to it

Dan



Peter Gabrielsson wrote:

>Today was a big day for the electric lemon. I tested the motor and
>transmission in the car for the first time. I used a single EV-95 NiMH
>module to power the motor. Power was controlled using the arcy-sparky
>method of touching two pieces of metal together. The wheels spun quite
>happily in first gear as can be seen in this video.
>
>

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Cool, that is gonna be a nice conversion.


It might just be an illusion, but It almost seems like the brakes might
be dragging a bit, it didn't seem to coast very far. or spin much after
the power was disconnected.

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