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Hey new friends! First I just want to express how grateful I am for this awesome forum, and for all of you frequent this forum and make it awesome! I'm thrilled to be a part of this community where we are all passionate about electric car conversions. As a member of this community I intend to learn as much as I can, and share what I discover along the way to help all of you as well. I'm excited to make friends with others who share my same obsession for DIY Electric Vehicle Conversions.

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A little about me and my personal story... in 2009 I has a booming successful marketing business in my local city of beautiful sunny Murrieta, CA.., I employed a team of about 20 young guys who loved me and loved working hard as a team, they all make about $25 per hour working for me. I had a beautiful (sexy hot little blonde white girl) girlfriend who I intended to marry.. And a totally awesome rock band that I wrote songs and sang in at gigs all around South CA. I was happy, healthy, working hard, making money, doing what I loved, and grateful for life! Then in 2010 I absolutely lost everything! First my business dried up one client at a time as they claimed they couldn't afford to advertise during the recession... A few of my clients left me high and dry, owing me with thousands and thousands of dollars. They stopped returning my calls, try as I may, working 18 hour days, I couldn't seem to generate enough new clients in time and the debt just stacked up until I had to let my whole team go and close up shop. I became so depressed that I literally checked out of society and swore to never work like this again. I closed all of my bank accounts, personal & business. I put what little cash I had in a little safe at home, canceled my cell phone, my insurance, sold my personal car (2008 VW GTI), and voluntary forfeited my brand new business vehicle (2009 Nissan Versa), I canceled all my bills, and had just a few bucks to split rent in a new apartment with my GF for a few months until I could get back on my feet. But I was really destroyed inside and my self-esteem was disabled. I literally locked myself in my bedroom for 3 months, didn't go outside, didn't even know the names of the streets in this new town I moved to for 3 months! I just drank and smoked all day and felt sorry for myself. Numbing the pain, and trying to make sense of what had happened. How could everything just disappear like that? Over the course of the next year I took a couple litte jobs... minimum wage for a couple months at OfficeMax, and $10 per hour on the phone for a Time-Share company (yuck). I even tried going door-2-door to sell business cards and graphic design, or web site design services. Anything... Nothing seemed to work because I was broken on the inside... My confidence was shot, my attitude was off. Everyone could hear it in my voice and in the way I carried myself. I went from superman to ninety pound wuss. My family felt weird about me... worried about me. I scraped by on $3 a day for food and beer. I felt so poor and like that is where I belonged. I became overwhelmed with all of these negative emotions... anger for my parents and the way I was raised... fear for the future and what would come of me. My only joy in life was my GF, my dog, and the electric bicycle I had built with the last $2000 of credit I had available on my Credit Card before I defaulted on that and lost my perfect credit score. Soon after that I hit an emotional rock bottom when my girlfriend finally left me. I guess she couldnt stand to see her rock star business superman in such a low place in life for so long. And you know what... That electric bicycle was my last thrust forward to do something for myself that I loved, and felt good about... I became totally obsessed with it! I started riding all around this new city until I knew every street like the back of my hand. I'd go to the park with a beer and a fishing pole, and my dog in a bike trailer, and slowly I began to realize that I had everything I needed to be happy, and that this had all happened for a reason. The universe, or God, or whatever you want to call it, had forced me into this hard place, and stripped me of all belongings, except for this old rickety mountain bike that I had got for my 16th birthday, along with the electric conversion kit that I had maxed out my credit card to buy. I found so much JOY, and FREEDOM, and HAPPINESS on my electric bike, that I just knew I had found something new that I absolutely loved. Ever since then I have been scouring the internet, and watching countless Youtube videos all about DIY electric vehicle conversions. Since then, I used that electric bike to get all around town, find a great new job which I love, and now I am back on track to abundance and success in my life, and now I know I can always be happy no matter what happens, because the best things in life are either free, or cost just a few cents per mile to operate! I guess you could say I am a real DIY Electric Vehicle Conversion lover. And so I am happy to become a part of this awesome community and learn and grow with all of you! So I just want to say, THANK YOU IN ADVANCE MY NEW FRIENDS, I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU, AND TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED! :)
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So I am totally certain that I want to convert a car to electric power for my own personal use. Perhaps with some experience, I can also help some neighbors do the same.

I haven't decided on a vehicle yet... and before I make any decisions, I just want to consult with all of you for guidance.

Where do I begin? What is the first set of decisions that I need to make in my journey to convert my first electric car?

I don't currently own any car, I have been considering buying one, so I suppose I could get a nice rolling chasis or a car with a blown engine really cheap somewhere and start with that... Another idea is that I have been eyeballing my mom and dads minivan.

What do you suggest?

 

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I suggest checking http://www.evalbum.com/
to see what has been done and if there is a match to your driving needs. Above all, start with something you really want to drive because you will be putting a lot of work in it. If you want to get a feel for the kinds of things you will be doing you could start by converting your lawnmower or garden tractor to an EV.
 

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I suggest checking http://www.evalbum.com/
to see what has been done and if there is a match to your driving needs. Above all, start with something you really want to drive because you will be putting a lot of work in it. If you want to get a feel for the kinds of things you will be doing you could start by converting your lawnmower or garden tractor to an EV.
i agree do the car you would love to drive
but i say it sounds like your on a budget so do the car you can afford then once you have learnt a few things do the car you love

thats what i'm trying to do!
 

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OK that sounds like good advice. Choose car I really want to drive. Ill think about that for now. I think if I had my pick, I'd prefer a big heavy duty full size truck because it seems to offer more protection on the road in case of an accident. Also maybe I can lift it a few inches, and build battery brackets all along the under carriage to keep the center of gravity down low and keep the bed space open for my own use. Any thoughts on that?
 

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I'd prefer a big heavy duty full size truck because it seems to offer more protection on the road in case of an accident.

Unfortunately that is something that "seems" logical but is plain wrong -
Three reasons
(1) They are actually worse in an accident than a good modern car
(2) They are more likely to get in an accident because they can't get out of their own way
(3) They are more likely to kill pedestrians or other road users - as well as their passengers
 

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Light light , did I mention light ? mazda rx-7 first gen. consider finding a car that does not use power anything . power steering power brakes using a car designed this way to begin with saves juice in the end . Saab Sonet. However imo the truck is the most practical, not a big truck though a toyota with manual steering and manual brakes.
 
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