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Old 01-08-2008, 06:00 PM   #519 (permalink)
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Hi Mike - glad you found it too!

Don't hold your breath too long on me getting the official site done. For the foreseeable future, this thread is the ForkenSwift's home on the web.

Congrats on scoring a Karmen Ghia! Nice, nice, nice.

As for making it a 48v runabout (the "run" in runabout may be an exaggeration @48v, you understand), I highly suggest you do so... while simultaneously planning to upgrade it eventually to 72v.

Seriously, DO the 48v version first so you'll be more satisfied with the upgraded setup afterwards . If you just start @ 72v, you'll be itching to upgrade that to 90v before you know it...

$200 motor. Unlabelled unit "rated" at 10hp with 48V @ 155A
That's it, although I'm about to ebay up a controller for about $150.
You're probably OK with that motor, provided you don't have any hills to contend with. What did it come out of? Series wound? How many brushes? How heavy? If it's relatively beefy, you can over volt it without worries.

For $150, I'm betting you're getting a used 36-48v Curtis controller. My advice: save up & go for a 48-72v unit - or start with the 36/48 but keep on shopping (the 72v ones are few and far between on eBay).

I remain hopeful that I can do it in under six months and under $1500 usd.
I think it can be done for close to that, if you'll be satisfied with ForkenSwift levels of performance.

Good luck - please post back with updates, or a link to your site/blog if you've got one.
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