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So I bought a Sterling kit car and what I want to do, eventually, is turn it to electric. It had been sitting for the past decade so I'm going to replace the full brake system (going all disc) as well as switching it from a swing axle to IRS (pan is a 1966..).
I acquired a 1st Gen Nissan Leaf motor, transmission, inverter, and much of the wiring harnesses to them. Plus a set of axles. I'm wondering if it's best to just use all the Leaf drivetrain and make either custom axles or weld the VW and leaf ones together to make this frankenstein work...


and the battery situation makes me wonder too.

I ordered EVBMW's VCM and CAN Bus Man in the Middle kits to help hack the VCM (i have that from the Leaf as well).
 

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There's some speculation that the component assemblies don't line up/fit. I can't answer that. There may be a motor adapter or data online either here or elsewhere. I do know several have been started here and possibly 1 or two finished, never to be heard from again. So; it is doable if you do much more research. Good luck.
 

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How is the Sterling project going? I just started a build thread for a Sterling project I am considering.
Well... it's been very slow... but I was moving parts around and realized I could probably reuse the motor and trans out of the leaf and the short CV axle is longer than the VW stock axles, so it's possible to use the VW axle shaft with the Leaf . Maybe. Probably will need to be shortened but that's easier than making adapter plates and the fact that reverse gears are weak sauce in the VW (and the Leaf axles are BEEFY compared to VWs), I think it's a good solution.
 
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