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Old 08-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I got the axles in finally and the shifter cables are back in place. I have to adjust the drivers side motor mount next then finish up bolting the setup.

I picked up new cotter pins today for all the sections that need them, and tomorrow on my way home from work I am going to get new manual transmission fluid from Honda. I am REALLY hoping to try a 12 volt test spin tomorrow night, I don't think the mounts will take long now that the axles are in.

Tonight I'll get my blog updated with some nice pictures.

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:04 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The motor and transmission is installed! Today we got all the mounts installed and now we are working on removing the gas tank. I was late getting out of work so I wasn't able to pickup the transmission fluid, so tomorrow I'll get it I hope.

I'm still on my imaginary goal to be working on the control trays this weekend, once this gas tank is out its controller wiring time!
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:04 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Looking good.

I hope you don't mind, but pictures really make all the difference, so I reposted your latest:

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I'll make sure to post more photos!

I managed to get the gas tank emptied and dropped today. Tomorrow I am putting the front wheels back on, fill with transmission fluid and test on 12 volts! I'll be sure to take a video of it and post it!

I also am going to start designing the mounts for the A/C and P/S. I'm going to pickup a mess of materials and bolts from ACE Hardware on my way home from work.
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How do you plan to use the treadmill motor? Is it constant on? Or is it on under certain conditions like when the A/C is on and/or under X speed for the PS?

PS I am quite jealous of your battery pack!
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+1...jealous here too. Your treadmill motor idea is brilliant. You could simply direct drive the A/C compressor and use the car's A/C clutch input to trigger a relay for the motor, if the power steering power was kept separate. I have wondered if newer electric power steering racks could be fit into older cars like yours and mine. THAT would make things easier.

I have also contemplated refrigerant compressors for portable A/C units, powered by an inverter. Probably a colossal waste of power. Or maybe:

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How do you plan to use the treadmill motor? Is it constant on? Or is it on under certain conditions like when the A/C is on and/or under X speed for the PS?

PS I am quite jealous of your battery pack!
I'm thinking of having two possibilities: when the A/C clutch is activated or when the RPMs of the motor are low because P/S isn't needed at higher speeds. At first I will probably just have it running all the time, but I'm designing the small controller for it so I'll add those options onto the PCB.

Yeah, that battery pack is awesome. After 5 years of lead acid I couldn't go back to it. I only got 7,000 miles out of the lead pack due to my hilly area and low voltage (96 volts), so I told myself my next EV was gonna be a lithium pack of at least 144 volts.
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Do you know what kind of wh/mile you were getting with the old Civic? I imagine with the weight reduction of lithium you'll see a healthy decrease, especially with all the hills. It should also be quite a bit more fun with the extra voltage and cells that can actually allow you to take advantage of that Zilla.
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Do you know what kind of wh/mile you were getting with the old Civic? I imagine with the weight reduction of lithium you'll see a healthy decrease, especially with all the hills. It should also be quite a bit more fun with the extra voltage and cells that can actually allow you to take advantage of that Zilla.
With the wicked inefficient auto tranny, doing 40-45 MPH with lots of hills and lead sled I would have about 210 wh/mi in the summer and 270 wh/mi in the winter from the wall.

I'm expecting a huge boost in fun because of the increased voltage and 200 lbs less weight. Also nice stiff batteries will be nice, I can't wait use the Zilla and lay down some rubber!
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210-270 from the wall with an automatic is very good!You were measuring this?

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