Day 9 – The Forklift Yard

Amazing find today. A company came through for us – Advantage Forklift Ltd. We went to their Brantford office, and did not know what to expect – We had high hopes for some beefy drive motors… and we got way more then we expected. Not a beefy motor, but a GIAGANTOR motor. 12″ diameter, 20″ long, and weighing atleast 200lbs. Here are some pictures of our day – I’ll explain more as we go on.
Our 6000lb Clark forklift - Estimated retail near $100K

Our 6000lb Clark forklift (11,000lbs with batteries) - Estimated retail new according to a forklift tech who helped us take it apart: 60k+

A massive EV-1 speed control for the drive motor

A massive EV-1 speed control for the drive motor

Removing the smaller, but still powerful pump motor. This thing was used for the hydraulics in the forklift - lifting up to 5000lbs!

Removing the smaller, but still powerful pump motor. This thing was used for the hydraulics in the forklift - lifting up to 5000lbs!

The forklift up on stands while we were working on it

The forklift up on stands while we were working on it

Some of our goodies

Some of our goodies - motor, speed controllers, DC/DC converter

The "beast" motor

The "beast" motor

The sketchy loading of the motor...

The sketchy loading of the motor...

Salvaging another speed controller after dark

Salvaging another speed controller after dark

My poor Corolla's trunk...

My poor Corolla's trunk

You think YOUR car is a lowrider?

You think YOUR car is a lowrider?

Good thing we had a hoist...

Good thing we had a hoist...

Parts sitting out

Parts sitting out

Testing the series motor

Testing the series motor

Testing the monster... Didn't work...

Testing the monster... Didn't work...

So, roughly 8 hours after leaving for Brantford, we were home again, with alot of parts. To our dismay, the huge motor is… too huge. It just won’t fit in the Del Sol. Never fear! After we’re done the Del Sol, we are going to build either an electric SUV or truck! The longitudinal transmission will be easier for mounting the massive motor.

Since the big motor won’t work, we’re going to have to use the smaller pump motor – but it should be good. It was recently rebuilt according to the great forklift techs at Advantage Forklift Ltd. Which means… it’s better then original, possibly even rated for higher voltage!

We have one other option – There was another forklift at the lot that we were allowed to salvage – it has two smaller drive motors (not too sure, thinking their about 6.7″ diameter) which we could possible attach together to make one super motor – after all, its a little sports car – if it doesn’t go fast… it’s just not the same.

Anyways – we’re going to continue cleaning the engine compartment and transmission, so its ready to go when we choose which motor to use.

We’d like to thank Advantage Forklift Ltd. once again! Seriously great people interested in a great cause! If your in the industry and you need a new forklift or one to be fixed, this is the place to go!

advantage forklift

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~ by James on November 13, 2008.

3 Responses to “Day 9 – The Forklift Yard”

  1. Great blog , this is exactly what we have been doing, or similar for years, only there are places you can find the motors and even free batteries already out of the industrial equipment, (not just forklifts)

    All the best,
    Les and Jane

  2. Interesting article – thank you.

  3. i like this
    http://www.forkliftlicencemelbourne.com.au/

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