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Old 02-20-2015, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First Conversion

I am pretty new here, but have been lurking for awhile. I have several EV conversions, and if you are into EVs or Metros, you may have seen some of my builds on the Geo Metro Forum or the DIY Electric Car Forum. Anyway, I thought I might share The first of my conversions here...

This is a 1998 Metro that I got for cheap and restored as I converted it. I installed a 21Kwh GBS gen3 pack, Curtis 1238-7601 controller, and AC74 motor, Orion BMS, Manzanita PFC 40 Liquid cooled charger, and lots of other goodies on.

Since I did not need any air coming in through a radiator, I built a custom fiberglass front bumper that blocks air from coming in through the traditional openings, and I raised the center of it up to fill the air opening between the hood and bumper. The factory bumper leaves a big air opening there. I also extended the bumper a few inches lower to block some of the air from going under the car.



I also made the bottom of the bumper a little wider so that the lower tips would match the tires.



I added a bottom shield that attaches to my custom front bumper, and it is about 3 inches lower than the factory floor. When there is weight on wheels, the control arms tuck in above the custom shield.



Here is an under hood shot:


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Old 02-20-2015, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like some nice work.
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very nice. It looks like you did not only a great clean job with the conversion, but also a very nice job with the restoration too.
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Since I did not need the original gas gauge or temp gauge, I threw out the original instrument cluster and built my own, using a tablet instead.



I retained the original odometer, just transferred it over.



Here it is without the tablet in it. The LEDs are for my blinker, brake, high beams, and head light on idiot lights

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Old 02-20-2015, 12:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sexy Metro! (I don't say that often.)

What tires did you go with?
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sexy Metro! (I don't say that often.)

What tires did you go with?
I did not choose anything special for lower resistance tires. I went to Americas Tires and picked up a set of 14" "MB Seven X" wheels, and picked up some mid priced tires, size 14 x 185 x 65.



I have come to like those wheels, so I have the same set on the sister car.

You can see the sister car in the background with her matching wheels...



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Old 02-20-2015, 01:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Those wheels definitely look nice. I'm a little surprised you didn't go for a good LRR tire though, given the amount of effort in the project!
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I will do a thread on this one too. It is almost ready to go, and will be my most fuel efficient build.



HPEVS AC35, 36 200 AH batteries





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Old 02-20-2015, 02:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow! Really professional work, both on the body and the drive train. Yeow.
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Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

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