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Old 07-10-2010, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up DIY chassis for home built elecrtric car.

Any body thought of building your own car completely? Have you heard of the Lowcost 7, look it up on the web, it has the plans listed for free. With a few changes for batterys and controller your in business. what do you think?

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Old 07-10-2010, 04:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any body thought of building your own car completely? Have you heard of the Lowcost 7, look it up on the web, it has the plans listed for free. With a few changes for batterys and controller your in business. what do you think?
I think it would be much easier to convert an existing chassis. Just MHO.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Building a complex car chassis would be a rewarding experience if you are an experimented welder. However, there will be a lot of math involved (if you are going to do it from scratch, make it exactly to your need), and this is going to be very time consuming. Many peoples are doing it, from Off-roaders to racers, and you probably can you too.

One thing I want to add is, if you are going to put that frame on the road or care for the life of whoever is going to end up driving it, please, please have your weld inspected by an independent. No one want to see a frame failure at 50mph, or while riding over a bump in the road.

I just wanted to add that, welding in your garage at home, and welding an UT (X rays) worthy weld are world apart.


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I have built a few chassis and the Locost 7 is a good way to go. It'll be a lot of work but very rewarding.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a friend who got started on a LoCost, and I think they are a pretty reasonable starting place, being potentially far more efficient than a sedan, and easy to build/modify as these things go. Our brother from Berkeley with a diesel in his found the front engine inconvenient for aerodynamics, but at least it is good for stability.
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It is often a lot harder to get insurance on a car built from scratch. You may want to check into this first.
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I don't know for sure, but building a chassis from a proven plan would be better that build something for youself with nothing to go on. lokalazeros is correct, you should only tack the chassis to hold it in place that take it to a real welder to finish.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welding can be difficult at times but there are lots of local shops that wouldn't mind showing you how to get started.

There is also a great forum for anyone considering building a Locost -
LocostUSA (dot) com

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