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Not been here for a while and still needing to learn some.
I have a 1957 ford popular that I have been restoring and driving for the last two years, I am now preparing the bodywork for painting and next month it will look very nice. Interior will be done in the winter.
I'm still keen to go electric and in my mind I'm not expecting too much.
Top speed of the car is 60mph but mostly drive up to 50mph.
I want to keep the 3 speed gearbox more as a safety feature, the ability to dip the clutch and knock it out of gear in a crisis seems sensible.
I don't need drag strip acceleration.
Range 60-100 miles.
So is this doable at a sensible cost.
I spoke to London electric cars and they were talking £10,000
I can understand that if a person travels in the city and can avoid congestion and low emmissions charges and at some point that will be the only option.
Mine is just a preference for a quiet clean drive.
 

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It's a 103e sit up and beg ford. I found my old thread where I asked the same questions, senior citizen memory kicking in I guess.
The original engine is approx 35hp, so I'm not looking for tesla power. I don't see why I need to beef up the axle or gearbox, as I said I'm not looking for more speed or torque. changing the axle, gearbox and engine gets me into mot territory and possibly iva. The whole point is to keep the cars original running gear except the engine. Is there a way to limit the torque, surely a lower voltage
will reduce torque.
 

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Not a lower voltage - a lower current

You can either re-program your controller or you can simply not go to full throttle

The P&S controller uses a zero to 5,000 ohms variable resister as a throttle

Zero is zero and 5,000 ohms is 500 amps

If you put a 5,000 ohm resister in parallel then it will go zero to 2500 ohms and the controller will go zero to 250 amps

I would still recommend losing the gearbox as it does not buy you anything and means that the motor takes up space that you will need for batteries
Will give it some thought. I suppose a master cut out switch would stop the car should anything go wrong.
 

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Decided on replacing the gearbox with a four speed single rail box, it will be stronger than the 3 speed with no synchromesh on 1st, remove the bell housing and bolt the motor to the gearbox with some bracket arrangement, that way I won't need to alter the tunnel. I'm considering air ride suspension as the transverse leaf springs front and rear are dreadful.
 
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