Jonesy's Shed

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  1. jonescg

    jonescg my real name is Chris.

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    Finally got my mezzanine in. I can start to store bulky crap like moulds, old gearboxes and building materials out of the way. The covered space will make for a less dusty place to do electronics and battery building.
     

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  2. lindsaymac

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    Looks well cool, Chris, plenty of room for everything.
     
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  3. jonescg

    jonescg my real name is Chris.

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    So I have finally got this prelude driving! It's not 100% done, but I can at least drive it around. Wend for a few quick drives around town in it. It's currently a bit underpowered because it only has 6 of the 8 battery modules in there. But I hope to fit the last two modules in the spare wheel well of the boot. Should be good for ~130 km on the highway.

    Build log is here for those who are interested.
    http://forums.aeva.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=5502&start=350#p74961
     

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  4. Felix

    Felix Idiot, pure and simple

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    That's some great tinkering doc!
     
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  5. Felix

    Felix Idiot, pure and simple

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    Hey Jonesy,

    What do you reckon a ballpark figure would be for this kind of swap?
     
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  6. jonescg

    jonescg my real name is Chris.

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    Well this conversion was a no-compromise effort, so we used the most energy dense cells available at the time, added liquid cooling, kept all 4 seats and prettymuch all of the boot space. The motor is not the most powerful one out there, but it's very efficient. All up, she spent $40,000 on this. Worth it? Depends.

    If you just want an EV - go and buy one. It will probably go further and will definitely drive nicer than a 31 year old car. It probably also comes with air conditioning, airbags, ABS and stability control. But if you want to preserve a cool old car and like the idea of something a bit different, then converting is totally worth it.

    In the case of this car - I took it for one last long test-drive, so I can work out what the range is like. We did 175 km of mixed city and freeway driving, came back up the hill and still had about 15% left. So it's a very good range for the size of the car.

    It has been handed back to the owner, who I hope will enjoy driving it as much as possible, and getting the most out of it.
     
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  7. Felix

    Felix Idiot, pure and simple

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    Wow! Thanks for the response. That's quite a bit more than I would have guessed. We had actually thought about whether something like a 190E could be converted, but I think for that kind of money, you'd have to be WAY more into it than we are!
     
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  8. jonescg

    jonescg my real name is Chris.

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    Well yeah, like I said, this was a no-compromise car. We could have converted it for under $20k, but it wouldn't have gone as far. I figure with a conversion the final product needs to be at least as good, if not better than the original. Bearing in mind, a car which runs on electricity is already pretty good, regardless.
     
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  9. lindsaymac

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    Yeah, how many backyard sheds have a two-poster hoist?

    Nice one, Chris, much envious.
     
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