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Old 10-11-2020, 02:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Finished:


Adjusted:


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Old 10-14-2020, 01:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Motors!

Tested them to figure out the RPM/V...cuz it's pretty much a waste of time trying to design anything using them without knowing.











And, on a different note...my 3000w brushless controller showed up. It's a beast! (1500w controller next to it, for scale)



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Old 10-16-2020, 03:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I was trying to figure out what the tank and seat were off of on the motorcycle frame...couldn't figure it out for the life of me...until someone posted a used '84 CM250 and I recognized the tank!

Well, now I know.

But why did they fit so well? They're two very different machines...

It became obvious when I pulled it in to my shop (better light) and started pulling unnecessary parts off...

For the tank rubber mounts:


And the seat/rear tank bolt:


I wouldn't have noticed the rough weld on the seat mount, if I wasn't looking for it after finding the janky - but effective - bolts welded for the tank's rubber mounts.

Someone was already on their way to making this thing in to a street cruiser.
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Well, that was interesting.

Just drove my first hybrid a few minutes ago. 2010 Prius...wow.

...just...wow...

Not a fair example to make any kind of judgement on Prius'...ex-taxi, unknown miles...looked good from a distance, and in the photos, but...well, I wasn't expecting much, when the next cheapest one for sale was 2.5x the price, but I kept my fingers crossed that it would be a good runner. I can fix everything else.

It wasn't. Poor thing. Couldn't get out of it's own way when I got a chance to floor it. Which is sad, considering I've seen some Prius' leave everyone else behind when the light goes green.

Almost flat tire, broken window, questionable mileage, filthy engine, non-existent history, not even insured...the first and last stopped me taking it on the highway (and should have stopped me trying it at all, but I like to live on the edge when I get a chance...).

I couldn't see well out the windshield...that, really, was the deal breaker. Though I might have put up with it if it ran as good as it looked in the pictures.

On the good side, I loved the engine turning itself off...I was stuck in traffic, I hate that my engine in my cars are just sitting there pissing away gas so that I'm ready to move 5 feet at a time.

And it supposedly has a rebuilt battery. No documentation, mind you.

I've had enough cars I can't see stop lights because I'm too tall for the windshield...I'll try a Leaf next. When I see one that's a steal. Which won't happen, unless it's been in an accident, or I luck out and am first in line at an estate sale...

Oh, and my little 290k Echo felt sooooo peppy after that. Perspective...made me love the little thing all over again.
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Old 10-25-2020, 01:14 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The half full tire should have been enough to set it into traction control mode, not familiar with these to further diagnose acceleration issues.
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The heck with the beat up and worn out Prius. I now own a 2000 Insight!

Can't believe my luck!
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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How much and in what shape?
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How much and in what shape?
$500. 257Kms (160K miles). Good shape for it's age, other than the IMA battery needing attention or replacement.
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She drives well. She drives straight, suspension is hard but working properly. Needs a brake service, and/or better brakes, and possibly a wheel bearing; Will figure that out when I'm cleaning up the brakes. Desperately needs the wiper linkage reconnecting.

Other than the noise from the brakes/wheel and the wipers not doing anything but whirring, she's a perfectly driveable car.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Here she is:





Rusty brakes from sitting too long:



Serviced:



It appeared the upper caliper bolt doubled as the slider at first, judging by all the brake lube on it...then I looked closer and decided that wasn't right. The sliders didn't want to move...not sized, but dry and stuck. Everything else was lubed. A hard enough shove got them moving:



(Do your brake services properly, people!)

Grinding noise was not the brakes. Had her running in gear with the brakes completely off, and it was still there. Traced it the the passenger side bearing and/or CV joint. I intend on replacing them both, since the CV boots won't last much longer anyway:



She stops better now. You still have to push fairly hard to get her to come to a quick stop, but you can now actually come to a slow stop rather than not a lot happening and having to push them hard at the last moment.

After, I went to put a heater in the back to blow on the IMA battery and such, since I noticed condensation on the battery switch. Pulled the storage tub out to find the spare tire sitting in this:



Scale and lack of depth make it not seem so bad...but there was probably 2 gallons in there! No wonder the car started fogging up when I took it for a drive first thing this morning.

At least we know the spare tire well is water tight.

Not even a grommet/plug to pull to drain it. Sigh.

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