Hey 2drX4, my timing is the same, at best, because I am still recovering from the cost of making a 1948 electric Willys (see Chick Magnet posts). Here is a picture of my Comanche:
It screams for an electric motor. Same range expectation as you, roughly 50 miles, and same philosophy to keep the original tranny. I have already developed an Excel spreadsheet to derive torque, power consumption and driving range, I would be happy to share it. We can avoid duplicating efforts on the following tasks:
- Designing the motor adapter to the clutch housing (assuming you have a stick shift too).
- Designing the shaft hub to which the flywheel bolts to.
- Electrical diagram
- Sourcing/drafting a CAD model of the engine compartment. I am thinking about investing in a 3-D scanner.
- Drafting the motor mounts and all the custom parts for fabrication.
- I already have a battery pack and vehicle platform design that works. It adds a little weight but allows to swap battery under 10 minutes.
- Bill of material
- Project budgeting
This should give our projects a good head-start, regardless of our own timing. In the execution phase, I know a good shop to fabricate custom parts.
Feel free to PM me your email.