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Old 05-03-2010, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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SW - very cool. A ship sized Minn-kota trolling motor!

The Sail Drive doesn't swivel though - flow over the rudder is how I steer under power or sail.

And it goes without saying that this conversion project will be typical Darin style: ie. making best use of available resources...

I still have a pile of left over parts from project ForkenSwift:
  • 2 motors to choose from,
  • a sizeable collection of golfcart batteries,
  • contactors,
  • 2 spare controllers (I may just do a contactor controller),
  • and a selection of battery chargers.
As usual, the hardest part will be coming up with a coupler to connect the motor to the input shaft of the transmission (lower unit).
Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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