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Every cool, all ready done and for sale EV seems to be in the NorthWest, FarWest, SouthWest or Canada. What the heck is wrong with folks in the SouthEast? Am I the only guy down here tired of paying high prices for gas and wanting to convert a car (Jeep Wranger actually) or buy one? Found a really cool Postal Van; in San Fransisco, that I'd buy. Found a really cool 73 VW Type 3; in Utah, that I'd buy. I just can't see buying something site unseen half the country away and having it shipped. Am I the only Amp-Head loser in all of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina?


kinda gets to a guy, you know?:(
 
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Well rather than buy one why not convert one. Some of those guys trying to sell the cars may have a real hard time doing so but they may be more than willing to sell the parts so you can convert your own. I'd not go less than a 9" motor. Warp Impulse 9", Warp 9", GE 9" or others would be a good start. A used Curtis may be a good deal too. Try to get them to sell the parts and ship them. That would be better and insist on high quality photos of all the items. Be sure you have photos of the parts installed and removed. Many can sell the cars without the electrics and recoup their money. I sold my Ghia body and kept the electrics. Sold the body for a profit too. :)
 

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Thanks gottdi

Dynoguy, Alabama, does count. What part are you in and have you done any conversions? I get over to Columbus, GA for work. If you're nearby, I'd love to chat about or see any projects you may have going.
 

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No, they're not true southerners down there, except maybe some of the Northerly-west coast and the Panhandle. I like to say that, Florida is a part of Long Island that broke off and floated down years ago. :p

Doesn't Florida count ?? There's many conversions, Manufacturers, and Dealers down there ???
 

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Archimeech, sorry this took a couple (?) of days to reply. I live about half way between Auburn and Birmingham. Just have got my EV back on the road today.
 

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Archimeech,

We just moved from SoCal to NC two weeks ago.
Got a 16x20 work shed and car port just waiting for a project to start.
Don't know where my tools are quite yet......somewhere in those piles of unopened boxes.

Nice to meet y'all! :p

Eric
 

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Welcome to the Southeast! I get to Fayetteville for work some. the area where you are is nice!

Archimeech,

We just moved from SoCal to NC two weeks ago.
Got a 16x20 work shed and car port just waiting for a project to start.
Don't know where my tools are quite yet......somewhere in those piles of unopened boxes.

Nice to meet y'all! :p

Eric
 

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I think you're best off doing a conversion anyway. If you buy a pre-done conversion you won't know anything about how it really works and if anything ever goes wrong you won't know how to fix it.

After doing your own conversion, it something happens, say a blown battery terminal, or a fuse, or whatever, you know how to find and fix it on the spot.
 

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Very true, Ziggy. I was just hoping to capitalize on someone wanting to unload one. It's amazing how much I've learned in life because I'm just too darned cheap to do it the right way first. ;)
 

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yeah, it's ont he SC side of the border but just south of Charlotte. I'm in Savannah and get to Charleston, and I"m hoping to find someone down here that would want to help me start a project car. If I do anymore "projects" at the house, I'll be in the Dog House! :(
 

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I did mine at my shop which I operate a business out of. I wouldn't want to do it at home unless I had a shop that wasn't the family garage, which I do. I'm this weekend installing a tach on my S10 at home. I can't wait, already tried it out and it worked. It was exciting to know I soon will be able to know the RPM. Building a car though took me six months, though I would do nothing for days at a time.

And when you turn it on for the first time and the thing moves when you press the accelerator, you'll have a big smile on your face!:D
 

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Hey, I resemble that! :D

I live in Arab, Alabama and am often discouraged by how little interest is shown in electric vehicles and renewable energy. :( That said, I'm building a garage / workshop so I'll have someplace to work when I start my conversion {as I don't figure the OEM's are going to sell an EV I can afford in our neck of the woods anytime soon anyway}.
 

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Mark you can make a good vehicle if you luck up and find one with a blown motor. My 91 S10, after the price of lithium batteries, has been a pretty expensive build. However that includes replacing the wheels with factory alloy wheels, new tires, new headliner, new rear end with disc brakes (needed for lead batteries to carry the load), new body parts then new paint, new sound system, door handles etc.

It's a pretty nice truck but I could probably buy the new Nissan Leaf for the total I've invested in the thing, and I'm still adding to the fricking thing! I'm installing a tach this weekend and other equipment when I swap the batteries.

Good luck with your build! I'm originally from LaGrange, Ga if you know where that is.
 
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