Good day all!
I have recently been "turned on" to the idea of electric car conversions thanks to a few youtube videos that caught my eye.
The car in question is my 1990 Plymouth Laser GSt FWD Turbo drag car. I have had this project car for 4 years now, and it has actually RAN probably a grand total of 6 months. I built it with the intent of drag racing the 1/4 mile in it, as well as using it for a daily driver. While it WILL run a quarter mile in the mid 11's, the reliability factor is not in my favor. It is a 5 speed manual transmission.
Needless to say, I have upwards of $10-12,000 tied up in the motor of this vehicle, and I am growing weary of the constant tuning, maintenence, and hassle of working on it. However, I must have a project and I would like to remain married during the process.
So here's my thought process. Part out the drag race motor i have built, recoup a small portion of the money I currently have tied up in it. Re-invest this capitol into an electric motor, and do the conversion. Sounds simple enough. Alas, if it were that simple, I would not be posting here.
Based on the "guide to getting started" I will post the specifics.
My skill in automotive mechanics on a 1-10 scale...roughly a 6, with a definitive 10 on my specific vehicle (I have touched EVERY bolt on the vehicle at least 3 times during ownership)
Electronics Skill: I have basic knowledge, enough to do home wiring and install high performance car audio. Have had experience with power inverters as well. Certainly not an engineer.
Fabrication skill: 8, assuming it does not involve welding. I have never welded anything in my life, but I do have a few friends in the machine shops around town and a couple friends that do custom motor mounts and welding thanks to my racing background
Range I would like to achieve...Definitely 20 miles AT MINIMUM, preferably more along 35.
Performance...Well, I would like to still be able to smoke 'em at the strip if you know what I mean. However, I will not be able to swing lithium batteries for my build, so I will be limited to lead acid.
How much money am I willing to part with for this project...Does my wife have access to this forum? I sure hope not. I am assuming I can recoup roughly $1,500-$2,000 minimum for the parts I will be selling from my current motor, and i would probably be willing to invest an additional $500. So let's say a build of $2,000.
Parts I am considering:
Motor: NetGain Impulse 9, WarP 9, Warp 11, Warp 11 HV.
Voltage Controller: I am considering buying this kit http://www.paulandsabrinasevstuff.com/store/page3.html
It is 144 volt, so I am assuming this is the best power output I could get for the money
Coupler: I have searched and searched, but i can find no-one that has already converted a 2.0 liter eclipse, only the 1.8. Looks like the coupler and the adaptor plate will have to be completely custom. I ran across this website which seems promising, although i could probably have the adaptor plate done more easily locally.
Ok...Right now, any and all ideas are welcome. I am completely new to this, but I do my research and I learn very quickly. Have at it. I will probably start parting out my ICE and all components within the next month and assuming i have my ducks in a row i will begin ordering my electric stuff around February. Glad to be on board.