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Old 11-27-2007, 02:17 PM   #431 (permalink)
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While tinkering on the potbox today, I got to thinking about the various sources for recycled parts used in the car so far.

A partial list...
  • geriatric forklift (obviously)
  • 1993 Suzuki Swift (various parts)
  • dead inkjet printer (used nylon gears in the potbox)
  • broken child's tricycle (used metal to make standoffs to mount the heatsink)
  • used copper tubing (same as above)
  • junked Canadian Tire SuperCycle 10-speed bike (metal for component platform frame)
  • scrap piece of lexan thrown in the garbage at Ivan's old work (component platform)
  • plastic top of a used 45 gallon barrel (12v accessory batt. tray)
  • dead 12v cooler (heat sink)
  • old bed frame (metal for battery racks - too hard... wrecked many drill bits)
  • golf cart (controller)
  • used EV floodies (from
  • used alarm system batteries (12v power)
  • discarded industrial machine fencing (source of square & angle iron for the tow bar)
  • used welding cable (battery/motor cables)

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