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Westfalia T3 with Chevy Bolt drivetrain

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VW Vanagon T3 with Chevy Bolt drivetrain


I'm asking myself if DiyEcar is still the best place to put a build thread and to obtain help.
It was the case many years ago when the overvolted forklift motor was the rule, but now?

Well, my plan is to put a 200 hp 60 kWh Bolt drivetrain in a Westfalia... Exciting right?
Yes, but all the electronic and control in the Bolt fear me a bit.
Anyway, I will have the crached Bolt in few days and the West in few weeks.

Let me know if you have advice or help.


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Here is the ring with the 96 magnets for the wheel speed sensors.
I welded it to stainless steel plates and fix it to a shaft collar.
I think I've done an error because the galvanic corrosion between the zinc plated steel and the stainless steel is important.
I don't think it's as bad as you fear.
My suggestion (I did corrosion design on commercial aircraft for years):
1. Prime the exposed large stainless surfaces. Those large exposed areas are a major driving force for galvanic corrosion in sacrificial metals like zinc or steel.
2. Get some penetrating corrosion inhibiting compound and spray it in the interface between the two parts. Dinitrol/Ardox AV8, AV15 or AV25, Zip-Chem Corban 23 or Corban 35, etc.

It'll be fine.
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