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Old 01-16-2016, 09:35 PM   #121 (permalink)
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I started an EV 1969 Camaro, but it was parts from an EV supplier, a prius powered 69 camaro would probably top out at 30mph because of the weight
I don't remember where I saw pictures of a Beetle-based early Camaro replica, for which a Prius drivetrain would sure be enough. But anyway, if I were ever lurking to do a hybrid conversion into a Camaro I'd rather try to do something similar to the setup used in the hybrid versions of the Silverado, Tahoe, Escalade and Yukon.

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Old 01-29-2016, 08:34 PM   #122 (permalink)
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I don't remember where I saw pictures of a Beetle-based early Camaro replica, for which a Prius drivetrain would sure be enough. But anyway, if I were ever looking to do a hybrid conversion into a Camaro I'd rather try to do something similar to the setup used in the hybrid versions of the Silverado, Tahoe, Escalade and Yukon.
Time for me to chime in after a long absence from these forums...

I have been working diligently on combining my old and rusty 1967 Firebird Convertible with a 2014 Prius V I purchased salvage with a crushed roof due to a roll-over. These cars have the same wheelbase, same tread width, and same tire diameter, which gave me the idea to begin with.

I am to the point now that the Firebird body is sitting on the Prius V chassis awaiting Spring weather to arrive so I can resume working on it. This spring, the body comes off for sand blasting and final adjustments prior to being welded to the chassis.

I am sort-of blogging my project over at the Prius Chat at this url:
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I would welcome input on my project. If desired, I can also start a new thread here to post progress reports.

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Old 01-30-2016, 01:19 AM   #123 (permalink)
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Now we're talkin'!

It was Dick Dean that started 49-51 Merc bodies grafted onto mid-80s Oldsmobile chassis, according to the H.A.M.B.

I didn't read all 23 pages, but it looks like you'll need some side pipes to cover the Prius rocker panels.
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Now we're talkin'!

It was Dick Dean that started 49-51 Merc bodies grafted onto mid-80s Oldsmobile chassis, according to the H.A.M.B.

I didn't read all 23 pages, but it looks like you'll need some side pipes to cover the Prius rocker panels.
All is being planned for. The Prius rocker panels will be covered by tilting the body panels more to the outside starting at the mid-line half way up the side. All I can say is that I am having a blast working on this project!






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Old 01-30-2016, 04:16 AM   #125 (permalink)
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The drawing raises as many questions as it answers. What's with the hatching and cross-hatching?
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The drawing raises as many questions as it answers. What's with the hatching and cross-hatching?
The cross-hatched areas are where the Prius V floorpan protrudes up into the floorpan of the Firebird. It was my guide to where to cut the Firebird's floorpan during the past summer. I also needed to move the traction battery forward to clear the rear seat backrest support, which is a structural element of the Firebird's body.





I also did the same thing up at the firewall where the Prius V A/C unit protrudes in behind the Firebird Dash.





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BTW, when I finish the Firebrid project for me, my wife wants me to build an all-electric BMW Z3 for her. :-)

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