Day 38 – 2nd test drive!

Spent the entire day cleaning up the car and wiring everything properly – IE 2/0 gauge wire instead of 2 gauge! Everything is set up properly and if the batteries were powerful enough the car would technically be done!

Anyways, pictures speak louder then words so here’s today’s collage!

Step 1 of any project. A to do list!

Step 1 of any project. A to do list!

Cleaned out the trunk and mounted the batteries, chargers, and wired everything! We have a passenger seat again!

Cleaned out the trunk and mounted the batteries, chargers, and wired everything! We have a passenger seat again!

Look's pretty slick with the roof in the trunk mount!

Look's pretty slick with the roof in the trunk mount!

Started salvaging parts from one of the broken forklift speed controllers. Our main targets: 2/0 wire and heavy duty contactors!

Started salvaging parts from one of the broken forklift speed controllers. Our main targets: 2/0 wire and heavy duty contactors!

Making a new grill to accomodate an air cooling vent for the motor - Probably painting it yellow and then stenciling "DEL SOL" in the front so it looks like a european license plate!

Making a new grill to accomodate an air cooling vent for the motor - Probably painting it yellow and then stenciling "DEL SOL" in the front so it looks like a european license plate!

We could leave it clear... but i suspect it will get dirty and scratched...

We could leave it clear... but i suspect it will get dirty and scratched...

Who needs a machine shop when you have a drill press!? A nice little battery terminal I made... which then broke. But here it is anyways!

Who needs a machine shop when you have a drill press!? A nice little battery terminal I made... which then broke. But here it is anyways!

ALWAYS check your wires... I had some fun welding the battery terminal! SHORT! On the plus side, if, being MacGyver's as we are, we could easily weld something using our electirc car! ...life or death situation only though, don't want to wreck our batteries!

ALWAYS check your wires... I had some fun welding the battery terminal! SHORT! On the plus side, if, being MacGyver's as we are, we could easily weld something using our electirc car! ...life or death situation only though, don't want to wreck our batteries!

Killswitch contactors wired in parallel to handle the current

Kill switch contactors wired in parallel to handle the current

A conveniently placed firewall for all our wires!

A conveniently placed firewall for all our wires!

Mounting the speed controller

Mounting the speed controller

Our Clark 36V/12V DC/DC converter - took ages to mount - multiple brackets and screws we couldn't see!

Our Clark 36V/12V DC/DC converter - took ages to mount - multiple brackets and screws we couldn't see!

Turns out our speed controller can output info to a computer! So, we're going to find a small computer and a 9" monitor and bam we replace the need to buy expensive voltmeters, ammeters, temperature gauges, and other gauges! Plus we'll have a car computer, how cool is that?

Turns out our speed controller can output info to a computer! So, we're going to find a small computer and a 9" monitor and bam we replace the need to buy expensive voltmeters, ammeters, temperature gauges, and other gauges! Plus we'll have a car computer, how cool is that?

A passenger seat!?

A passenger seat!?

It looks like a car again!

It looks like a car again!

Our current speed control method... Surprisingly it works quite well!

Our current speed control method... Surprisingly it works quite well!

All hooked up to the speed controller!

All hooked up to the speed controller!

All it needs is a new paint job...

All it needs is a new paint job...

And now for what you’ve really been waiting for…

TEST DRIVE #2!!!

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~ by James on June 14, 2009.

One Response to “Day 38 – 2nd test drive!”

  1. Beautiful work you guys have done. Do you know what the range is yet?

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