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Old 08-03-2017, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Intro post.

Hello!

New to this forum, not to forums.

I've spent a couple hours reading up on some things here, and felt I needed to make a profile.

I have plenty of history in auto related things, from my Auto Tech degree from UNOH, to working in dealerships, salvage, and even some performance, areas.

I didn't really get into the EV/hybrid stuff when I was in college, even though I had it all available to me. I even worked for Toyota, and took part in servicing the hybrid vehicles, from PDI's to TSB's/recalls.

Now I've learned to appreciate them, maybe my mentality has changed... it's been awhile.

I won't write a novel, but now I want to build cool things... with amps.

Anyways, thank you for the info thus far, and hopefully I'll be a contributing member in the future.

- Dan / DJ / Wimbo / ... whatever you want to call me.
(djwimbo is my handle on most of the public forums I partake in)

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Old 08-03-2017, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you!

I'm quite looking forward to working on some projects in the future.

No garage for now, so nothing major until that changes. Apartment life sucks for that.

End goal would be to have a small "sporty" car that's converted to full EV & parks in a solar powered garage.

Ideal to me would be a classic Mini, but that's decently pricey rolling chassis to get into.
Probably start with something cheap and easily sourced parts, ... like an older Forester, Civic, etc.

I work in auto salvage (not here to promote the company I work for), I have access to stupid amounts of lead-acid batteries. Not that I want to run those, but I have a virtual unlimited quantity available to me for a very reasonable cost. I'm thinking this would be a good source for bench testing and such, and maybe proof of concept, but not a final power source due to density, etc.
This also means that I have access to hybrid driveline parts. Which brings me to how I got here ... We have like 5x IMA motors and at least one MGR(Toyota) diff/motor, in our warehouse. I want to use the MGR to make a test mule/golf-cart/utility-vehicle.
I figure if I can make a "small scale" system that I like with the MGR-based system, then I can talk myself into doing something like the YASA+Gearbox deal, and get into some real power potential.

... I guess they're all pipe dreams for now, but I hate seeing neat things go to waste, and that includes my brain.
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No garage for now, so nothing major until that changes. Apartment life sucks for that.
Not having a garage sucks, but there is other problem in apartment life: not being able to get a larger dog.


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End goal would be to have a small "sporty" car that's converted to full EV & parks in a solar powered garage.

Ideal to me would be a classic Mini, but that's decently pricey rolling chassis to get into.
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I want to use the MGR to make a test mule/golf-cart/utility-vehicle.
Since it's going to require some custom fabrication anyway, why not eventually building a Mini replica out of fiberglass?
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Thank you!

End goal would be to have a small "sporty" car that's converted to full EV & parks in a solar powered garage.

Ideal to me would be a classic Mini, but that's decently pricey rolling chassis to get into.
Miata's are pretty common, light and sporty. Not that I have any bias, or anything!
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Miata's are pretty common, light and sporty. Not that I have any bias, or anything!
And with their light and compact platform, wouldn't need too much battery size to have a reasonable range.
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Welcome. By a classic mini I assume you mean



not the "mini". (spit)

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Old 08-04-2017, 03:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not having a garage sucks, but there is other problem in apartment life: not being able to get a larger dog.

Since it's going to require some custom fabrication anyway, why not eventually building a Mini replica out of fiberglass?
Truth!
I am looking forward to having the space for a pupper. We had to get an exception made for us for the cats at this apartment.
For now, I/we have two cats, if you're into that sorta thing, you can check them out on Instagram @18livesofganda (G & A, for Georgie & Albert)

Mini-Replica is more likely the route that project will take.
... and by that, I mean I'd be expecting to cut most of the floor out and replace it with a DIY ladder-frame. Not sure if I'd make it FWD, RWD, or AWD, yet ... I guess that depends on the budget when I get there. I'm biased to RWD, but I've had all the car-based options in my lifetime(I say that because I have only ever had 2WD trucks).
I'd be all for a track-able caged setup too, but that would push it out of some of the other criterion that I'd like it meet for an around town car.

Also, I plan to take a welding certification course before attempting this. Fortunately there's a place right down the road from me that does that stuff. Not that I can't weld, I just know I'm not a certified welder, and I don't like questioning my own abilities on safety matters.

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Miata's are pretty common, light and sporty. Not that I have any bias, or anything!
100% agree!
My roommate helped me get into AutoX during college, he downsized(unintentionally) from a C5 Corvette to a 90 Miata w/ a 2554 Turbo kit on it(Flyin Miata kit IIRC).
... that wasn't enough, so he ended up building an L33 (Alum block 5.3L) for it. I guess it was pretty stout, but I never got to drive it with the V8.

That thing was definitely a fun toy, it actually fit me better than it fit him.
I'm 185-195lb @ 6ft, he's more of a body builder frame, and 190-225lb @ 5'10"

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Welcome. By a classic mini I assume you mean

Correctamundo on that one!

Always loved those little things, and will eventually get one for my own.
The couple I've seen, or worked on, around here were of the Austin variety. I haven't had the opportunity to find the differences between the originals and what I believe was a Mexican-manufactured vehicle(VIN said it was a 1997 for the one I worked on).

Thank you all for being so welcoming!

I probably won't be posting often, but I'll do my best to search before posting.
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Before I forget!

Current DD: MY2000 BMW 323i Sedan 5-sp manual.
EPA rated @ <30MPG Highway, and like 24MPG city.
-> I average about 26.5MPG combined, and have seen >33mpg highway.
I can honestly say I do 30+MPG Highway, and that makes me happy.

Side girl: MY2015 Honda Grom, Yellow.
I don't remember what it's rated for, but I get 115-128MPG with it.
Won it in a raffle drawing in Canada, then had to import it myself, which sucked, but ended up ok.

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