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Old 11-27-2007, 01:42 PM   #389 (permalink)
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07-14-2007, 09:49 Am

more parts sold; project tally; a new controller?
More parts sold...

Met up with Ray from South Carolina yesterday, who drove about 1000 miles to Ivan's dad's wood lot in Ontario to pick up the 1.3 engine, ECU, harness, and strip the interior panels & dashboard from the red car! Nothing but a shell left behind. Apparently the US market didn't have the 1.3 4-cyl option for as many years as the CDN market, so they're much harder to find down there.

(OK, he was also going to Niagara Falls to a friend's wedding, and just took a - long - detour this way to get the parts.)

Bear of of a guy - picked up the motor himself and put it in his car (a mk3 Metro he bought for $40 with a bad clutch). And friendly as you'd expect from a Southern boy.

Also, the blue car's gas tank also sold & was picked up.

Updated project tally...

All of which brings the current net investment in Project ForkenSwift to $659.40 Canadian - and we're fresh out of left over parts to sell.

I talked to Ivan: we were going to celebrate our frugality... by spending some money!

A new controller?

The thought was to buy a higher amperage controller to replace the 225A Curtis. Had my eye on a used programmable Alltrax AXE 400A 48v unit on eBay, but the bidding went a bit higher than we had agreed in advance that I would spend. I'll just have to keep my eyes open.

In other non-news, I came down with a bug, so I won't be doing much to the car this weekend. Instead I'm sitting inside fiddling with the project spreadsheet. We're still on the interminable battery rack-making & securing phase anyway (Ivan didn't get around to doing any work in this area last weekend either when he had the car).

Thinking we need to set a target date as a way of motivating us to get this thing done...
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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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