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Old 11-27-2007, 01:37 PM   #382 (permalink)
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06-18-2007, 09:20 Pm

It was welding day in ForkenSwiftland! Fun, fun.

By the end of the afternoon some of the beads looked decent (to my non-expert eyes), but a lot of it was pretty bad too! Busted my first "weld" of the day with a single hammer blow. Tried harder after that I'm not consistent - a crappy looking weld would follow a good one.

At least I escaped the exercise without burning myself.

I was working on the most complex rack - the one that will hold 2 batts above & somewhat aft of the motor. Was fabricating mounting tabs/brackets that will secure the rack at 3 points to the firewall; 1 point to the firewall-mounted engine/tranny mount; and 1 point to the "frame" rail.

I think it's reasonable to say one more afternoon should be enough to finish up both front racks, and then I can evict four batteries from the front passenger side floorboards.

The rear rack will probably take another afternoon to build & install. Then throw in a contactor & a manual disconnect on a cable and swing by my mechanic's place to have him write the "it's an electric car" letter that the licence bureau says we need.
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