--- Roland Wiench <[email protected]
> The weight of this vehicle is about 3500 lbs.
> Removing the motor, exhaust
> lines, and gas tank takes you to about 2900 lbs.
> Adding a motor, controller, battery charger and
> about 2000 lbs of Pb-acid
> batteries, cabling, contactors, add about 2500 lbs,
> so you are about 5400
> lbs now.
> If you spread the weight about 50/50 percent than
> you will have about 2700
> lbs per axle or about 1350 lbs per wheel. You can
> then use a wheel design
> for about 1800 lbs and a tire with a load rating of
> at 1800 lbs. You want a
> little more load rating of the tire then the actual
> weight at the wheel,
> because the acceleration and braking thrust will
> increase these loads on
> these wheels.
> Also you may have to change the springs, or use air
> springs instead using
> springs and shocks which are made by
> The differential axle ratio may have to be increase
> from the standard 3.01's
> to 3.77's to at least 4.11:1 to 4.56:1. I am using
> a 5.57:1 axle ratio.
> The 4.56:1 ratio is still good for 112 mph at 6000
> rpm .
> If you want to replace any item on the vehicle in
> the same exact factory
> condition or use other factory type items, for a
> Concur condition, I use the
> National Parts Depot or NPD.
> It is best to call them for a catalog that is design
> for you car. The phone
> numbers at to several different locations as:
> California Depot - 800-235-3445
> Michigan Depot - 800-541-6104
> North Carolina - 800-368-6451
> Florida Depot - 800-874-7595
> I also use a lot of jegs.com products on this type
> of car which is the
> transmissions, shifters, vacuum pumps, vacuum
> canisters, light weight
> flywheels, clutches and pressure plates,
> differential ring and pinion sets,
> motor mounts, transmission mounts, shocks, tires and
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "TrotFox Greyfoot" <[email protected]
> To: "Electric Vehicle Discussion List"
> <[email protected]
> Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 10:28 AM
> Subject: [EVDL] '83 Chevy Impala...?
> > A reasonable candidate for conversion? The car
> has been in my family
> > for at least 20 years now and has racked up 310K
> miles on the original
> > motor. My father is quick to point out that the
> little 3.5 still uses
> > not one drop of oil even though the gaskets are
> all leaky. *shrug*
> > Downsides are that it's an automatic (I'm not
> opposed to installing a
> > clutchless manual with added floor shifter) and
> it's heavier than I
> > originally wanted to go with. Regen would be a
> must I believe. I do
> > not know the actual weight of the car... The
> sticker has just enough
> > overspray to make it useless.
> > Upsides are: Since it has been with my father all
> this time I know
> > that it's been taken very good care of and mainly
> needs one pair of
> > shocks and a new set of bushings. The interior is
> shot of course but
> > I'd like to replace the front bench with a pair of
> buckets if I get
> > it. It can handle a lot of battery weight until
> lithiums come down in
> > price. Also, as it's a F/R setup direct driving
> with a largeish motor
> > is a possibility (may hinder regen attempts?)
> > I'm still pondering it and haven't given my dad a
> decision yet but the
> > car would be nearly, or completely, free to
> purchase and easy/cheap to
> > work on. Add to that the heirloom status and it
> seems like a good
> > choice. It's currently his daily driver so I can
> continue driving it
> > as is for the time being and get my current car
> fixed up right so I
> > have a reliable vehicle during the conversion....
> > And it's a Chevy. } ; ]
> > Trot, the questioning, fox...
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