Yippee, the motor and batteries arrive…….

It’s been emotional (joke) but lengthy….. at last the whole drive system – motor, batteries, BMS, connections and wiring have arrived. I’ve put a cup & saucer on the HUGE motor to give some perspective, but it does say “6Kw, 48 volt, 1750 revs” which I calculate to be 8hp, so we are still working on an 8hp exchange. You …

I’m becoming impatient awaiting the batteries & software

“Two weeks” I was told (when the electrics and batteries would arrive!!) Here we are 1 month later??? and still no delivery date……..  I have been busy though. The seats are back, the fake radiator is being printed, the running boards are ordered and the cars own solar panel is ready to install. The whole EV (Electric Vehicle) industry has moved …

What happened to the Tesla 3 order?

You may well bloody ask. That was way back in 2016, I put my £1000 deposit down and actually heard NOTHING for a few months – a bizarre situation. Even though I knew nothing about the 3, I had a test drive when the S was being shown in Trafford. So when the 3 was announced it seemed like a …

Oooooooo beautiful new leather seats

Sincere thanks to Tony Archer – Car Trimmer Extraordinaire, who I came across by accident.  A real Yorkshire lad, real gent and expert. This is his website http://tonyarcher.co.uk/services/car-seats/  Click here I hadn’t seen the quality, I only had the recommendation from a friend. When it came around to pick them up, I was just so impressed, because really, I had …

Just how light is an A7 body & chassis?

Just as a passing thought… I know how much all the USELESS drive train was (engine, gearbox et al) which really gave me the extra weigh margin available for batteries (ie 2 post-war adults and two children in the rear seat at its lightest), but how light is a shell body and basic chassis?.   Turns out  350kilos….  I only …

‘For better or worse, I thee wed’, the old with the (almost) new…….

The original 3 potential ‘EV’ suppliers, all came up with their own schemes for motor power and batteries. I seriously considered ‘Tesla’ 444 cell packs (x2) to make 50volt and a potential longer range. However, the batteries are very expensive, the Tesla Battery Management System [BMS] is very sophisticated and has a more complex charging station fitted at home. I’m …

Images of the “beautifully patinated” WRECK

I’m experimenting here, but the gallery I am offering is of actual photo’s that have been taken along the way.  Don’t forget, The ‘facilitator’ of the purchase of the £6000 beautifully untouched patinated (WTF does that mean actually?) RP

And so to the electrics…………………..

Now we come to choosing the replacement motor, electrics and batteries………. I have offered these photo’s because I’m looking for advise WHERE to house the batteries, the battery controller, and work out the best way to work with the drive motor connected directly to the torque tube…… I quite fancy copying the old petrol tank to house combined cells which …

Frank’ comes home…… (why Frank’?)***

I have truly been more than fortunate to have a neighbour who has a shot-blasting shop and also fits tyres.  He volunteered to clean all the 5 spoked wheels, powder coat them in shinny black and also fit the new Avon tyres and new tubes.  How lucky is that……..  Whilst waiting for the wheels, I jacked up Frank*** onto stands …

The Body Shop………..

Of course there was a choice……… I suppose the decision revolves around COST, QUALITY, TIMING. I had three basic quotes and the range was HUGE, from £14,000 down to £2500. Choosing ‘AutoSpray‘ was not really based on the lowest price, the garage that stripped the shell made a suggestion where I could get everything done in one shop [disassembly, stripping the …