* * * Special EVents Attendance * * *
EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show 2012
I'll be at EV Fest 2012!
550 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada
Join us in The Pavilions!
Sunday, September 9th!
Hours: 10AM - 5PM!
See Electric Cars, Motorbikes
Personal Electric Conversions
eBikes, Scooters, And More!
Take advantage of the Special
running right now on the EV Fest Blog!
Driving to work for a week costs less than 16 Cents!
For the beginning of my electric Firefly Project and options for input,
read: Robert Weekley's Electric Firefly Project Beta (2-Page PDF)
For more frequent updates - check the Blog: nogas96volts Frequently.
For some interesting polls on Electric Vehicles, Performance, Charging time, Range, Cost, etc., Please check out these four pages on my site to enter your votes: Charger; Controller; Battery Boxes; and Conversion Steps.
For The Responses to these polls as at August 14th, 2009, please check out my article on the polls.
Enco Auto Trim & Glass -
that had time to do my
Front and back seats in my new colors:
Black & Yellow! Dropped them off with them last week,
and took a Material sample to the Embroiderers -
Tara Embroidery & Print- on Monday for my Custom Headrest.
They Look Great!
Got a quote from Presidents Choice Financial - Insurance - on my Firefly, and then on my Chevy Optra together. Both came out less than currently paying to Insure the Optra alone!
Decided to switch to them right away.
Have found a 1992 Suzuki at an Auto Salvage - that I can take the needed parts from - should fit - same year grouping.
Got all three Interior Trim Panels from behind the doors, to rear of vehicle, plus all 4 seat-belt reels & belts, rear seat and spare wheel cover carpet, a spare turn signal, all screws and bolts, strut covers and caps! $60 total!!
The carpet - should work for my car too - and - it is black - which suits my new planned color scheme of Black and Yellow for contrast and sharp looks! I can go back and get it for $20! It will need cleaning before I use it, but looks OK.
Still no hard solutions yet on the Insurance for an Electric Conversion like this - most companies never heard of such a car it seems!
Have proceeded to get the Car Registered and Transfered to my name - as 'Fit' (Safety Certified).
Will continue to look into the Insurance issue and solution.
Under Motor cover is installed - 2' x 4' Extra Tuff Acrylic from Home Depot, and some triming and bolt holes, self-tapping screws, and heat gun to warm and shape the plastic, it all fits in! Will get pictures on this later!
Shop Employees getting more interested in the cars performance, starting to take an interest in it's success. Pat asks for some information to post - so I give him a copy of the Project Beta sheet for him to post - while I get something more specific to his purpose put together.
A customer comes in and Pat starts promoting my Electric Firefly - telling them about it - so I get in while it is still on the hoist and spin up the wheels from first gear up to fifth - and show 110 Kmh on the Speedometer.
Now - need to call Insurance company and get it covered, as Howard & I completed the Transfer today.
done and car back from the shop at Keele AutoBody, at a price I could cover. $700 all in.
Got about 8 Km on this charge - going to the Body shop, sitting 6 days, and returning nearly home, before resting
the batteries to make the last 1 Km. Ultimately drove 9.3 Km between charges. Getting a bit better!
Floorpan on drivers side - up into the wheel well arch, inside and outside was replaced with metal, welded in and finished.
Floor pan on passenger side - simpler rust was not so deep, completed same - welded in replacement sheet.
Both Rocker panels and inside frame support bars replaced with sheet and welded at butt joints.
Everything sprayed with Light Gray Primer, and outside rocker panels and wheel well covered with Rocker Guard finish.
Car is back in Mechanic's Shop (Pat's Service Center) for Safety check -
Along with purchase of replacements for Rear Struts, left and right; and rear wheel cylinders, left and right.
Expect it to be completed tomorrow!
**Correction - December 6, 2009: Not Available now from J.C. Whitney!**
Put back the drivers seat, and use the floor mat for the drivers side to keep from going through the daylight (rust hole by left foot heel rest area!)
Hope to get the car in the shop today! Also got another quote from a little shop just up the road at about $800 for Rockers left and right & floor pans left & right, but - not until next week! Also - I don't think they have a sheet metal brake to do the rockers with.
Have taken some 'before' pictures for reference. Hope to get a body shop that will let me take some 'during' pics to add to thes and also of course - some 'after' pics in the end - to show how good (or not) the job was done!
I need to take out the passenger seats, and back seats, and make the drivers seat so that it can be easily removed.
After Successfull underbody work (& Safety) - will consider replacing batteries - plan on using Trojan 31XHS.
**Update Note - December 6, 2009: Trojan 31XHS = 11 Lbs Heavier than Installed Batteries (Each: 88 lbs more in total = 536 lbs.), Too long to fit existing Battery Boxes, No Posted Detailed Battery Specs to determing the 15 Minute, 30 Minute, and 1 Hour Capacities, for actual EV applications. Motor Draws range from peaks of 225 Amps to higher at times - Not sure what live this would yeild in such a battery. **
Recommendation - View my Whitepaper for a Deeper Study of this.
Some of the car's History and Original Conversion to Electric here.*
* Link Error Dec.6, 2009! Attempting to Update Link.
Below the Door Edges, at the Sills/Rocker Panels, and some of the Floor Pan
Decision Time is now!! Replace the Car? Fix the Car?
Battery Levels coming up - most cells all float over 1100 on the hydrometer now!
Continuing to Charge, Discharge cycles with Pack charger, single battery chargers, as required.
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