10.24.09

New Tires and a Precision Alignment

Posted in Drive Train, Road Test, Tuning at 6:11 pm by Administrator

I got EV1E back from Bob yesterday and what a difference. Jason down at Big J Tires, helped me pick out a low resistance tire and then his team did a first class job on the front end alignment. They checked the rear end alignment and Bob Tumazi took it from there. He made the adjustment and now EV1E scoots down the road like she was meant to. I am having a special transmission re-geared for her shifting points as they are different then an ICE vehicle, that should help a little more. For the record I was keeping up with traffic on 99 when I brought her home yesterday. When I got home I had used 1% of the charge. Wow! This really works… you should get one. Next week The Body Shop.

10.15.09

Roller Bearing Smooth

Posted in Design, Drive Train, Road Test at 8:50 pm by Administrator

My friend Bob Tumazi of Tumazi Motors in Turlock CA, told me a story today about a man who, in 1965 made a Volkswagen Beetle go 58 mi on one gallon of gas. The way he did this was by making the car light in weight and using low resistance synthetic grease and oil, inflating the tires to 100psi and a real good wax job. On Tuesday I m taking EV1E to Bobs shop and dropping her off so that Bob can perform his magic. He is the only one in town that will do four wheel alignment on a Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle, and certainly the only one I would trust with a Volkswagen Type 1 EV1E. I will let you know how that goes.

10.10.09

Not Your Typical Day at DMV

Posted in DMV at 8:33 pm by Administrator


I went to the Merced DMV today with all of my paperwork filled out and all of my receipts in hand. I was helped by two very lovely young ladies who seemed genuinely interested in my project; Be prepared, that is the whole secret to the DMV. If you stroll in there and tell them “I just built a car, what do I do now?”, without doing your homework, you will have a somewhat un-productive day at the DMV. If on the other hand, you go in there, as I did, with all of the forms required all filled out (all of the information and forms are on the DMV website), you may have a good experience. I even went so far as to fill out a spreadsheet with all of my receipt information… I had a great experience! I got a temporary registration, so that I may drive EVIE to the various agencies for inspections and VIN assignment. It only took about 1.5 hours, including the phone call from DMV to my insurance company.

10.05.09

Autumn,

Posted in Body and Fender, DMV, Design, Time Off at 1:06 am by Administrator


Welcome

Welcome


This bumper thing is really slowing me down, seems simple, but I just don’t want to ruin the aerodynamics of the front end. I will come up with something… I have finished the paperwork to register Evie and gathered up all of the reciepts. Total cost is $17,163 and that is without the following. Paint, carpet, Heater, soundsystem, registration fees, and licensing AND GAS AND OIL! Sounds expensive but remember this is a one off vehicle, sort of a prototype. EVIE is a great little car. Starting on Wed Oct 7, I have three days off. Maybe I will finish her and start driving her legally. It has been a long road and I couldn’t have done it without all of the support and helping hands of my friends who have been involved in this project. And a special thank you to The Traveling Wilburys we have almost reached

The End Of The Line

Well its all right, riding around in the breeze
Well its all right, if you live the life you please
Well its all right, doing the best you can
Well its all right, as long as you lend a hand

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring
Waiting for someone to tell you everything
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring
Maybe a diamond ring

Well its all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well its all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well its all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well its all right, everyday is judgement day

Maybe somewhere down the road a ways
You’ll think of me, and wonder where I am these days
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays
Purple haze

Well its all right, even when push comes to shove
Well its all right, if you got someone to love
Well its all right, everything will work out fine
Well its all right, were going to the end of the line

Dont have to be ashamed of the car I drive
Im just glad to be here, happy to be alive
It dont matter if youre by my side
Im satisfied

Well its all right, even if youre old and grey
Well its all right, you still got something to say
Well its all right, remember to live and let live
Well its all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well its all right, riding around in the breeze
Well its all right, if you live the life you please
Well its all right, even if the sun dont shine
Well its all right, were going to the end of the line
The Traveling Wilburys