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I have aquired two conversion candidates and need components on a very modest
budget (read UNEMPLOYED IN MICHIGAN) I've been shy about making my
purchases of used motors on eBay because I am terrified of making a $500 or
greater mistake since I've got five special needs kids to feed! I need lots
of advice and as many recommended used components (like Advance DC, Curtis,
Zillas, etc) as I can get my hands on to complete these projects. The grade
here is a modest 1-2% and my build goal is to make for highway speeds and 40
mile range between charges. The Gross Vehicle Weight on the gliders I've
gotten (Mercury Capri and Toyota Tercel) are 3300lbs and 2600lbs
respectively.

Although not a perfect solution, I have a source for lots and lots of lead
acid batteries virtually free. Some deep-cycle, most not, all used. Trying
to desulficate with off-the-shelf battery minder. Again, any advice is
appreciated.

Any suggestions or offers to sell me used or surplus components would be
welcome either to the forum or by direct email response to me (jim at
localestore.com) I can be reached at 989-672-3229 during the day.

Additionally, I've aquired a 1992 Mitsubishi Mirage conversion. Needs
batteries and controller.
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> Additionally, I've aquired a 1992 Mitsubishi Mirage conversion. Needs
> batteries and controller.
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Whoops.. stop right there. Do not pass Go, do not collect $500 :)

If you aquired a car that's already been converted, then that is
probably your best bet for bringing this in under budget. Ignoring all
of the nicities, we need to know what motor it has (size and brand) to
give any advice on battery and controller. The rest of the details
would be nice too!

40 miles is doable.. if you are careful.. but using non deep cycle
batteries is a tough deal. If you are getting them free, or nearly
free, then it might work but you would need to make the setup so you
could swap them out in a hurry.. because you'll be eating them up like
candy :) You'd also need to put a heck of a lot of them in the car
because they don't have good energy density at all. They aren't
designed for it.

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Thanks for the reply! Its an Advance DC Motor in the Mitsi, I'm not certain
which model from the photo I've gotten. I hope to get more information as
soon as the vehicle actually arrives which should be this weekend.

Timothy Balcer wrote:
>
> <snip>
>> Additionally, I've aquired a 1992 Mitsubishi Mirage conversion. Needs
>> batteries and controller.
>> --
>
> Whoops.. stop right there. Do not pass Go, do not collect $500 :)
>
> If you aquired a car that's already been converted, then that is
> probably your best bet for bringing this in under budget. Ignoring all
> of the nicities, we need to know what motor it has (size and brand) to
> give any advice on battery and controller. The rest of the details
> would be nice too!
>
> 40 miles is doable.. if you are careful.. but using non deep cycle
> batteries is a tough deal. If you are getting them free, or nearly
> free, then it might work but you would need to make the setup so you
> could swap them out in a hurry.. because you'll be eating them up like
> candy :) You'd also need to put a heck of a lot of them in the car
> because they don't have good energy density at all. They aren't
> designed for it.
>
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Personally, I did a conversion based on a glider that
someone had done before. Might want to check and see;
I know someone has done a Tercel. The point is to
check out how many batteries they were able to sink
into it. Were they able to get an adapter plate for
it? Do they have suspension modification kits? Where
did they find space to mount each component. Are
there plenty of the model left in the junkyard if a
door handle breaks? etc. As you do your conversion,
be sure to videotape it for posterity (ie, someone
else making the journey you're going)...
Hope that helps,

--- docjim <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> I have aquired two conversion candidates and need
> components on a very modest
> budget (read UNEMPLOYED IN MICHIGAN) I've been shy
> about making my
> purchases of used motors on eBay because I am
> terrified of making a $500 or
> greater mistake since I've got five special needs
> kids to feed! I need lots
> of advice and as many recommended used components
> (like Advance DC, Curtis,
> Zillas, etc) as I can get my hands on to complete
> these projects. The grade
> here is a modest 1-2% and my build goal is to make
> for highway speeds and 40
> mile range between charges. The Gross Vehicle
> Weight on the gliders I've
> gotten (Mercury Capri and Toyota Tercel) are 3300lbs
> and 2600lbs
> respectively.
>
> Although not a perfect solution, I have a source for
> lots and lots of lead
> acid batteries virtually free. Some deep-cycle,
> most not, all used. Trying
> to desulficate with off-the-shelf battery minder.
> Again, any advice is
> appreciated.
>
> Any suggestions or offers to sell me used or surplus
> components would be
> welcome either to the forum or by direct email
> response to me (jim at
> localestore.com) I can be reached at 989-672-3229
> during the day.
>
> Additionally, I've aquired a 1992 Mitsubishi Mirage
> conversion. Needs
> batteries and controller.
> --
> View this message in context:
>
http://www.nabble.com/Sustainable-goals...used-components-tf4439492s25542.html#a12666653
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> mailing list archive at Nabble.com.
>
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