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Re: [EVDL] VW Fastback

They are nice looking cars - I'm with you on them being a good
alternative to the Ghia.

Not sure how many batteries you could carry, space wise - engine
compartment looks tiny, probably just getting a motor and controller,
contactors, etc back there. From the pics I'm looking at, doesn't look
like the front trunk isn't very roomy either. Here's a cutaway image,
might help someone suggest battery locations - you'll be cutting up
sheet metal to fit them, I bet:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/kabello/type3explodedlowres.jpg

Got the year that you are looking at? Easy to find the specs (weight,
capacity, etc) if we know that.

Been a fair bit of VW discussion over here on the EVDL lately. To top
it off, yesterday someone on a VW Bus forum I frequent started asking
questions about converting a bus. And of course, someone chimed in
with the solar panel idea. ;) I was impressed though, it was shot down
fairly quickly based on the limited amount of watts you could generate
(surprised to see that outside a collection of experts like this -
sounds like more and more people are looking into homemade BEVs).

Ben

gottdi <[email protected]> wrote:
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> Would one of these be a decent EV? I like the Fastback for it's suspension,
> ride quality, interior room and style. I feel it may just make a nice EV. I
> am not sure if it's too heavy or not. It seems like it would be fine after
> the engine and junk were removed. I owned one years ago and the front of the
> vehicle has no radiator opening to deal with. I also like the Porshe 914 and
> VW Ghia. However the Ghia is a bit pricy as a base car for an old style car.
> The Fastback is right in my range. I do like my 95 Cabrio but think it may
> be troublesome to build with all the airbags and vacuum junk to deal with.
> As well as all the internal electrical junk. Simple is my design.
>
> Guru's please let me know if the Fastback would be a good choice. I can get
> one and I do know these old VW's very well. Been messing with them since
> 1974.
>
> Pete
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Re: [EVDL] VW Fastback

Ben,

I've been thinking more about the VW Fastback and I think that the
newer VW Golf/Corrado/Scirrocco/Fox style car may just be one of the
better avenues to go with. They are proven and there are plenty to
find and parts are easy to find and best of all they are easy to work
on. I have had a few of them. One issue with the Fastback is that
once you install the motor and stuff then pack in the batteries you
no longer have good access to the engine compartment to work on the
motor if needed. You'd need to remove all the batteries rather than
some of them. That trunk area on the 69 and older ones is pretty big.
I'd bet I could stuff a good 8 to 10 12v batteries of normal size in
there. If you remove that fuel tank and build a box to fit the space
you have plenty of room up front to put a bunch of batteries as well.
A few may need to be put in the back seat area.

I think I will pass on that car no matter how cool it is. I need
practical.

Pete


Ben wrote:

> They are nice looking cars - I'm with you on them being a good
> alternative to the Ghia.
>
> Not sure how many batteries you could carry, space wise - engine
> compartment looks tiny, probably just getting a motor and controller,
> contactors, etc back there. From the pics I'm looking at, doesn't look
> like the front trunk isn't very roomy either. Here's a cutaway image,
> might help someone suggest battery locations - you'll be cutting up
> sheet metal to fit them, I bet:
> http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/kabello/
> type3explodedlowres.jpg
>
> Got the year that you are looking at? Easy to find the specs (weight,
> capacity, etc) if we know that.
>
> Been a fair bit of VW discussion over here on the EVDL lately. To top
> it off, yesterday someone on a VW Bus forum I frequent started asking
> questions about converting a bus. And of course, someone chimed in
> with the solar panel idea. ;) I was impressed though, it was shot down
> fairly quickly based on the limited amount of watts you could generate
> (surprised to see that outside a collection of experts like this -
> sounds like more and more people are looking into homemade BEVs).
>
> Ben
>
> On Nov 8, 2007 2:29 AM, gottdi <[email protected]> wrote:
>>
>> Would one of these be a decent EV? I like the Fastback for it's
>> suspension,
>> ride quality, interior room and style. I feel it may just make a
>> nice EV. I
>> am not sure if it's too heavy or not. It seems like it would be
>> fine after
>> the engine and junk were removed. I owned one years ago and the
>> front of the
>> vehicle has no radiator opening to deal with. I also like the
>> Porshe 914 and
>> VW Ghia. However the Ghia is a bit pricy as a base car for an old
>> style car.
>> The Fastback is right in my range. I do like my 95 Cabrio but
>> think it may
>> be troublesome to build with all the airbags and vacuum junk to
>> deal with.
>> As well as all the internal electrical junk. Simple is my design.
>>
>> Guru's please let me know if the Fastback would be a good choice.
>> I can get
>> one and I do know these old VW's very well. Been messing with them
>> since
>> 1974.
>>
>> Pete
>> --
>> View this message in context: http://www.nabble.com/VW-Fastback-
>> tf4769462s25542.html#a13642450
>> Sent from the Electric Vehicle Discussion List mailing list
>> archive at Nabble.com.
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> For subscription options, see
>> http://lists.sjsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/ev
>>
>
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