Sunday, May 19, 2013

Checking EV project off the list

It has been a long time coming but here it is. If you have been following along it was Jan 7, 2013 that I began the process of dismantling my 1980 Dodge Omni EV that I built in 2002 for transplant into this 2001 Dodge Caravan. It would prove to be a formidable task as the axles would need to be cut and grafted together. Shift linkage would need to be mounted as well as drive for the power steering pump and vacuum for the Caravan's  power brakes. Along the way there were several interruptions but the job was done. Can report that I have the first 10 miles in and all is well so far.

Added a nice little red indicator light to let me know when the shift linkage is in reverse. Very helpful.

Solved the speedometer and odometer problem with my GPS. Nice to know.

With the battery pack being 7 years old (3 years of use in the Omni and 4 years of sitting) I anticipate a replacement will be in the works soon. For now I will put some miles on and collect some data. A full report will be coming this summer.

Until then I think a nice 20 by 24 deck for the Hodan Center in Mineral Point will make a nice new project to work on next.

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