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Planning 2004 New Beetle Conversion

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I live down here in New Orleans. My Daisy is a 2004 New Beatle. I am her second owner, and her first owner is Chaya owner of Bywater Bakery. Sometimes parts fall off of Daisy, LOL, but she drives soooooo good. Never gives me trouble starting. No trouble with this girl. I want to ride her into the apocalypse.

You see: my homeland is rapidly disappearing and turning to wetland. Soon, me and Daisy and my husband and the dogs are going to have to get out of here. The land is literally turning to water.

I need a solar car. And, I need that car to be Daisy.

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated by my entire family.

Your skill level with auto mechanics and fabrication

None, but I have a good mechanic who is skilled with Beatles. I have a lead on a good fabrication guy in "da Parish." And I am very good at learning things off of YouTube.

The range you are hoping to get (how many miles/charge)

100 miles???

What level of performance you are hoping to get

top speed of 70 mph, seats four, and runs off of a 5 watt solar panel mounted in the back window. I got this from this website:

How much money you are willing to put into your project


What parts you've already considered, if any.

I just read about the solar air conditioner, so it might be better if I start with something small. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. If it gets too complicated, I have support.

Thank you!
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I really appreciate all of y'all's feedback. I DID mention that I was a complete neophyte, but I didn't expect to get named called and shamed here. Wow.

One useful piece of advice, though, is to not start working on Daisy until she is dead. She cost me less than $2000, and has been an awesome car for two years.

My plan was to research and budget the conversion to plan for the day when Daisy is no longer a viable transportation option. I thought this was a good place to start my research. Was I wrong?
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