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Old 02-04-2008, 06:33 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:45 PM   #42 (permalink)
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The horn works too - everything except the little flashing yellow light on top!
I've still got the flasher off ours, if you want it.

Keep an eye on your jumper cables. Ours got smoking hot when we were moving it around - probably feeding a couple hundred amps through them. Those jaws/clamps don't offer much surface area where they're connected to stuff.

Wouldn't stop me from doing it again. Just sayin'.

I've read of a guy who's built a bunch of conversions, and his usual first test drive is with a "jumper cable" controller.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:33 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Yeah,

I was watching the jumper cables. They got a little warm, but not bad.

Kinda nice to have their warmth with what weather we had lately.



I have been using that .Mac site because it is just so darn easy to post images to. Drag, drop, done.

I know a lot of people use Flicker or other photos services. I already have the .Mac account, and it' easy, so I use it.

If anyone has a suggestion for other space that's easy to use and puts up with my short attention span, that would be great too.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:39 PM   #44 (permalink)
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i use http://www.imageshack.us , don't know if you will like it. I've used it for some really big pics in the past and they don't seem to block the pic if you decide use a direct link. One guy i know actually used their storage to store his entire website pics. And it supports .ZIPped pics upload. (standard compression, winzip 7zip winrar .zip extensions) but i don't think it has a drag and drop feature. Account is helpful but not necessary. no limit to the amount of views a pic can get. Also they don't seem to be very Dial-Up friendly.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:44 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I wish we had one of those at work, the propane forklift is annoying.

I would be really tempted to resell it for more then you paid for it and find another if it's had all that work done... and if you can get more for $500, altho last time I checked on scrap prices it seems like most of the parts that you don't need will almost pay you back $85-135 a ton for steel, and $.15 a pound for batteries, not sure what hydrolic rams sell for, but parting it out and selling the rest for scrap seems reasonable to help pay for the project.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:49 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I would thing the hydralics on there must be worth something. Pretty nice looking cylinders.

Since I ran it, I was able to hear which motors spin when doing what.

The smaller motor on the upper left is the power steering. It spins up when you step on the dead-man's pedal.

The bottom motor is the wheel drive.

The biggest motor, up on top, drives the pumps to raise, lower, and extend the forks.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:23 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Holy smoke that thing is big, its worth a heck of lot more than 680. That mast would work great on the back of a tractor.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:37 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Big EV day today.

I visited the only official electric car dealership in Wisconsin.
I saw another forklift motor.
I saw a Miata with a poor engine.
I removed the first electric motor from "forky".

This morning I visited Chris in West Allis (Milwaukee, WI). He is a Zap dealer, and has one Zebra in his scooter show on display. It really reminds me quite a bit of the Citicar. The main difference is that it has a modern PWM controller (Alltrax) and is a three-wheeler, so it gets around the NEV laws. Still doesn't go super-fast - about 35 mph at its stock 72 volts. Fast enough to get around though.
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I also stopped out to see Greg - I guy I met through Craigslist in reply to my ad looking for poormans EV parts.
We shoved a whole pile of things out of his garage to get a better look at what's left of the forklift he has. It has a MONSTER drive motor in it, but the ID plate is unreadable.
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He also has a Miata for sale, which I thought has potential for being a really cool little EV. But after looking at it, I think it needs more of a restoration than a conversion.
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When I got home, I had just enough time to remove the smallest forklift motor (power steering pump motor) and remove the plate to view the controller before the snow hit.
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My wife just got home and said we are supposed to get 20" of snow tonight.

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Old 02-05-2008, 07:02 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Oh yes, the guy with the Zap car was also the other guy trying to buy the forklift I ended up with.

Small world, huh?
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:20 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Oh, sure. The Zap guy get's a "small world" comment, but I'm a stalker!

Agreed - that Miata looks pretty rough. How much does he want for it? (No, I'm not shopping. Just curious.)

A friend of a neighbour bought an early Miata at a junk yard in Toronto for $500 last summer. The owner junked it because it wouldn't pass emissions test, and didn't think it was worth spending money on it.

But it ran. So the new owner drove the %$&$ out of it all the way home from Toronto (350 km) on the highway, and when he took it in to his mechanic, it passed!

And in your forklift pic: now I see the drive motor you thought was a reservoir.

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