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I'm in the EARLY stages of thinking through a conversion of my loved Triumph TR4a. I've been driving electric since 2015 with my first electric being a leased Fiat 500e. A second 500e was bought in 2018 when the first's lease termed. I've also acquired a Model 3 in 2019 (a.k.a. the Toyota Camry of the SF Bay Area). Since that time, I've developed an aversion to dinosaur juice smells. The exhaust smell of a 1968 car is just too much for me to tolerate now. I also feel guilty driving it because of this. As a result, it's been on stands, unused for about 4years now. :-(

Key stats about me and the project:
  • Your skill level with auto mechanics and fabrication
    I've done some minor things here and there. I've never pulled an engine (know some friends for that). I have done minor maintenance items (fluid changes, brake bleeds, brake pad changes). I have a Mig welder that I've used for fabricating various things (seat mounts on a 1967 Jeep Gladiator, etc.). I need to buy a drill press.
    I am a bit OCD with an engineering background.
    Engine swap is new territory for me.
  • The range you are hoping to get (how many miles/charge)
    150miles would be great, but perfectly fine with 100miles at 65mph
  • What level of performance you are hoping to get
    Not looking for any performance changes from what it came with.. stock was 100Hp, 11sec 0-60 (guessing). Curb weight is 2100 lbs.
  • How much money you are willing to put into your project
    Ideally, below 15k. 10k would be better. 5k would be awesome and assuming non-realistic.
  • What parts you've already considered, if any.
    Leaning towards using Leaf parts and either a Resolve or Thunderstruck controller. I like the idea of repurposing the old, but would like to be able to swap batteries at a later date as density gets better. Using Leaf parts seems to be more cost effective than an AC50 or Netgain9. (Perhaps one of the later options allows for easier transmission mounting?)
    I'm leaning towards keeping the clutch.
    Goal is to avoid any cutting on the donor car. It's definitely not a trailer queen, but it is largely original. My dad was the second owner in the early 70s.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Cheering section is also welcomed.
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