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cariacou 12-12-2013 05:03 PM

68 Mustang - Estimate (EV conversion )
 
Hello,

I have been reading about other's projects on the forum for a little while and finally decided to consider my project seriously.

I have found a cheap 68 Mustang, with body and interior in decent condition.

My goal would be to turn it into a commuter - $ saving car.

Requirements:
-good $/mile
-50-70 mile range on the batteries
-85mph top speed (70% of my commute will be at 75mph)

I am an engineer, have time on my hands, and will be renting a garage for the time of the project.

are these requirements possible ? most cars I saw around here were 50mph top speed.

what kind of prices am I looking at ?
I will obviously be doing most of the work myself. the only part I thought about paying a proffessional for it was linking the motor to the transmission.

thanks for any advice :)

slownugly 12-12-2013 05:12 PM

there was a mid 60s mustang floating around on here that was a hybrid with the original 6 cylinder and electric motor. i think it was getting in the 30s?? ive got a thread for my 68 rambler i am hoping for low 30s on that without electric.

sorry im not really much of help with the electric haha but welcome to the forum and good luck with the project. i like seeing some vintage stuff on here.

wheelbender6 12-12-2013 06:09 PM

The Stang sounds like a fun e-project. If the engine is still good, I would consider keeping it and adding electric assist like the one in slownugly's reply.
-Your range goals may be achievable if you consider some weight saving compromises for the car but I don't know about that speed.
-I want to follow your project because I would love to have an e-powered 66 Mustang. Love the instrument layout in the 66's. The 65 had a Falcon speedo. Hmmm. A Falcon wagon or Ranchero would have plenty of battery space...

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 12-12-2013 06:14 PM

Personally I'd rather slap an old Mercedes-Benz Diesel into and call it a day, but I'm sure you may find some helpful tips. You could start checking that thread about a BMW 5-series converted into an EV.

mcrews 12-12-2013 06:22 PM

Basic mod:
Straight 6 w/ 3 one bbls progressive linkage.
Overdrive auto tranny
Highway rear end
F70 size tire
I got 27mpg all day with the original cruis-o-matic 3 speed auto.

The above could do 32+ at 60mph (maybe 65)

Rad mod....what rooster said!!!!!!


Ther is a mustang straight six website.

Superfuelgero 12-12-2013 07:00 PM

there's a site out there of a guy with a blue 66 that has been converted. it had some relatively detailed information on it. Sorry, don't have the direct build link for you, but google should provide. here is a stub though http://www.evalbum.com/733 Price fluctuates too much depending on deals, and details.

Beau 12-12-2013 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcrews (Post 402813)
Basic mod:
Straight 6 w/ 3 one bbls progressive linkage.
Overdrive auto tranny
Highway rear end
F70 size tire
I got 27mpg all day with the original cruis-o-matic 3 speed auto.

The above could do 32+ at 60mph (maybe 65)

Rad mod....what rooster said!!!!!!


Ther is a mustang straight six website.

I almost agree. Were it me, I would (1) modify the head to accept a direct mount, small venturi progressive 2 barrell (alternatively, you could use a 2 to 1 adapter), (2) recurve the distributor after upgrading it to one of the electronic distributors, (3) manual T-5 transmission, and (4) re-gear rear end accordingly.

With the 200, the selection of auto-overdrive transmissions may not be great, that is why I suggest the widely available T-5.

I would very strongly recommend you go to the following website: FORDSIX PERFORMANCE • Index page

The people there are awesome.

CFECO 12-12-2013 09:28 PM

Right off, at this time of the day, how about the "Standard Electric Drive Kit", with a small high compression engine on propane, ( so it easily handles the high compression), say a Yamaha or Honda 4-stroke motocrosser, about 50 HP. Light weight 5 speed transmission built in. Chain drive to factory trans, or rear gearing to match torque curve. Did I say LIGHT WEIGHT. Get one from a quad and have reverse without the heavy factory manual trans, clutch, drive shaft, get rid of the 9" rear and put a Pinto rear in it. Less weight=more range and more GO.
Just Sayn...

MetroMPG 12-13-2013 02:30 PM

He's actually asking about an EV conversion, guys...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cariacou (Post 402788)
My goal would be to turn it into a commuter - $ saving car.

Requirements:
-good $/mile
-50-70 mile range on the batteries
-85mph top speed (70% of my commute will be at 75mph)

Allow me to be the bearer of bad news: You can't make a money-saving electric vehicle with those characteristics.

Build it for fun, by all means! Take on the project as an interesting hobby, sure! But abandon the idea that such a project will save you money.

If fiscal prudence is your goal, you're better off finding a $2500, 4-cylinder beater with a manual transmission and aeromodding it to max out highway economy. You'll be many, many thousands ahead of any EV conversion in terms of cost/mile!

My $1000 EV hasn't saved me a penny. It's just another set of expenses. :) (Yes, also an entertaining set of expenses which I prefer to drive whenever I have the choice.)

mcrews 12-13-2013 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 402901)
he's asking about EV........
. :)


I know :o

But this is my secret dream build.. :D....I have a file folder that is 25 yrs old on modding a mustang

I was planning on living 'vicariously'!!!!!:D


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