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Old 10-08-2012, 02:10 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Here's the pile of batteries installed in the rear battery rack:

The old girl is a little saggy in the back now with 480 lbs of lead in the back seat. It took about 45 psi of air in the rear tires to get rid of the bulges. Corvair style.

I also think I figured out my heater situation. I was going to replace the heater core with a ceramic element from a 110V heater, but I soon realized that removing the heater core in this car is a huge pain in the butt. However, I discovered that the heater fan is on the passenger side and connects to the heater box with a plastic pipe that can be removed in about 10 seconds:

There is a 1875 watt hair blow dryer on sale at Canadian Tire for $10 right now, and I think I will be able to dissect it and stuff it into this pipe, minus fan, powered by my entire pack voltage. It won't know the difference between AC and DC will it?

And to continue the eternal EV conversion gag of installing the charging plug in the ex-gas cap:
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